Corporate Law and Governance
With the confluence of factors including globalisation, the rise of the digital economy, the proliferation of new competition law regimes, and the increasing incidences of cross-border activity on the continent, it is unsurprising that there has been conduct over which several competition authorities have wished to exert jurisdiction.
On 13 August 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the much-anticipated National Credit Amendment Bill into law (the Amendment Act). The Amendment Act seeks to give greater effect to the overarching objective of the National Credit Act, 2005 (National Credit Act), namely for the promotion of a fair and accessible credit market in South Africa.
Parties that conclude any sort of commercial agreement must consider the mechanism by which any dispute arising under the agreement will be resolved.
An Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG) study of the market uncovered that there are 220 active and operational Fintechs in South Africa and this number is expected to grow as technology adoption increases.
As investors drive demand for investment products focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, fund managers have increasingly offered ESG-focused or “sustainable investing” funds. However, a recent speech by SEC Commissioner Elad Roisman has highlighted regulatory concerns for fund managers in the ESG space, particularly with respect to disclosures and internal compliance.
Regulation and Ethics
IOSCO sees an urgent need for globally consistent, comparable, and reliable sustainability disclosure standards and announces its priorities and vision for a Sustainability Standards Board under the IFRS Foundation.
The National Treasury published the Budget Review 2021 on 24 February 2021. This article on considers some of the proposals for tax amendments that the National Treasury intends to make as part of the 2021 legislative cycle.