Commercial Law

We specialise in commercial law, providing commercial clients with expert advice.

Our firm includes company law attorneys and tax law specialists, offering businesses of all sizes professional legal advice and representation, and assistance in setting up and maintaining cost-effective commercial structures.

We can assist with complex commercial law transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, liquidations, shareholders agreements, sale and purchase of shares, sale of business as a going concern, cessions and pledges, suretyships, acknowledgements of debt, buy-sell agreements, trusts and wills, sole distributions, franchising and more.

Company registration service

We provide South African businesses with efficient company registration.

We also offer use of shelf companies. These are Pty (Ltd) companies that we have already registered and that have no trading history, assets or liabilities.

The benefits of using a shelf company include an older company registration number and the ability to start trading immediately. Older shelf companies typically cost more due to the accumulated annual fees payable to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Why choose KWP Attorneys?

We distinguish ourselves from non-practicing CIPC agents by providing our clients with:

  • legal consultation
    Book a consultation with one of our commercial attorneys to get professional legal advice about your company needs, ranging from intended trading names to shareholding, directorships, contracts, trademarks, company tax and VAT.
  • confidentiality
    Your intellectual property, including your intended trading name, shareholding, contracts, clients and trade secrets, are held with the utmost trust.
  • professionalism
    Being a member of the Law Society, we are bound by standards of professionalism and ethics. This ensures our clients have recourse with the relevant disciplinary committee.

Our company law and registration services include:

  • determining availability of preferred company names and/or proposed alternative names
  • reserving company names
  • registering companies by lodging the following:
    • Name Reservation Certificate
    • Company Registration Certificate
    • Appointment of Incorporators and Directors
    • Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), in the format recommended by the CIPC.

* Company registration takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks, subject to CIPC availability.