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Geri du Plessis
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With a career that has spanned commercial law, corporate finance and investment banking, I combine an understanding of the financial, commercial and legal considerations that drive decisions. I actively identify and introduce opportunities to clients, and strive to become a contributor to the growth of a client’s business. 

 

My legal expertise is principally in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and private equity. Whilst these disciplines are relevant across industries, I have a particular interest and network in the technology, non-bank lending and resource sectors.

 

Qualifications

B.Comm (Law) - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLB - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLM - University of South Africa

 

MBA - University of Pretoria

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
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Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
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Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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My work involves:

 

  • General corporate and commercial law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Capital raisings
  • Private equity
  • Strategic corporate advice
 

Qualifications

B.Comm (Law) - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLB - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLM - University of South Africa

 

MBA - University of Pretoria

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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Acquisition of consumer lending group
Advising an international consumer lending group on the acquisition of a consumer lending business, including cross-border structuring of the inbound investment structure and the subsequent restructuring of various earn-out mechanisms.
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Acquisition of gold / antimony mine
Advising an Australian and Hong Kong consortium on the acquisition of a gold / antimony mine from a listed group, which entered liquidation in the course of the transaction. Significant footwork was required in order to ensure that the deal proceeded, including extensive negotiations with trade unions with regard to the retrenchment of a major part of the work force, and with the listed group’s liquidators.
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Investment into fintech business
Advising an investment group on their capitalisation of a fintech business, including legal due diligence and a shareholder re-organisation.
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Acquisition of business lending group
Advising an international investment consortium on the acquisition of a B2B lending business.
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Capital raising for mining services group
Advising a mining services group on a capital raising, including the structuring and negotiation of equity investment agreements and debt facilities.
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Qualifications

B.Comm (Law) - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLB - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLM - University of South Africa

 

MBA - University of Pretoria

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualifications

B.Comm (Law) - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLB - University of Stellenbosch

 

LLM - University of South Africa

 

MBA - University of Pretoria

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION