Commercial and Corporate law

Our expert experience extends beyond transactional work, and we also assist our clients through every stage of an organisation’s life cycle. By engaging with our experience and expertise, we work to ensure that our clients are protected and well informed. Our specialists remain up to date with all legislative developments and use their expertise to provide commercial contracts which are transparent and enforce the legal rights of our clients. Our acclaimed professionals are readily available to consult on queries or concerns related to commercial contracts, their conception, their content, their implementation and their enforcement.

Our Corporate and Commercial offering is renowned for its exceptional service and for providing clients with sophisticated, innovative and practical advice on all aspects of structuring, negotiating, documenting and implementing local and cross-border deals and transactions, and managing legal risk.

Our areas of expertise cov​er the full spectrum of transactional and advisory work, including:

  • Commercial Contracts;
  • Corporate Advisory and Corporate Governance;
  • Mergers and Acquisitions; and
  • Equity Capital Markets.

Our offering in Corporate and Commercial is further enhanced by exceptional and distinguished complementary offerings including tax, banking and finance, competition law/anti-trust, regulatory and employment law to provide clients with holistic and seamlessly integrated legal and tax solutions. Our focus is to work with our clients to ensure the success of whatever business endeavour they embark upon.

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1. Corporate advisory

Organisations, across all sectors, are facing increasingly complex compliance challenge, which may expose them to reputational risks and, in some cases, civil and criminal liability. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they meet all of the legal and regulatory requirements relevant to their organisation. This ensures their protection and the safety of their organisation.

2. ​Corporate governance

The last few years have brought about an increased focus on good corporate governance both from the authoritative legislator and the greater investment community. Establishing and maintaining good corporate governance is a key part of preserving any business operation and reputation.

Our team of experts can assist our clients in keeping abreast of best practices by providing tailored and practical advice to their board on the appropriate implementation within the context of their business. We also provide company secretarial services which, in turn, assist in supporting the administrative and compliance requirements of an organisation or in closing a deal.

3. Commercial Contracts

​​​​​​​​​​​Commercial contracts are relied upon to define and clarify almost all business relationships. Through our extensive experience in commercial contracts, we are able to provide consultation, advice and recommendations to support our clients’ day-to-day strategic business activities. Through commercial contracts, we help to protect our clients and their businesses from any potential hazards that may occur in an ever-changing business world.

We have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating various forms of commercial contracts, including:

  • ​Manufacturing;
  • Distribution;
  • Agency;
  • Sales and marketing​;
  • Sponsorship;
  • Terms and conditions of sale and purchase;
  • Joint ventures;
  • Supply;
  • Franchising;
  • Outsourcing;
  • Logistics​;
  • Licensing; and
  • Confidentiality

4. Banking and Finance

Banking and finance is a driving force of every economy, providing the means to help businesses expand and investors grow; it’s also an area of complex laws and regulation and refreshed thinking following the global financial crisis of 2008. We have a large, market-leading banking and finance offering, focusing on all aspects of general bank and institutional debt finance, as well as capital markets work.

We provide legal advice to banks and institutional loan market participants in Zimbabwe.  We also act for development finance institutions, credit export agencies and corporate borrowers across numerous sectors. We are unmatched in our top tier position across the full range of financial products.

Due to our ongoing investments in skilled personnel and technology; we can manage, at any given time, multiple financing transactions for local and international financiers and borrowers. Investing in documentation management, document automation, electronic know-how and logistical support, ensures that we are able to allocate significant resources at the right level and complete transactions on time and within budget.

4.1. Asset Finance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We regularly lead on structured loan and lease financings for various asset classes, particularly aircraft, rolling stock, shipping vessels and capital equipment for mines.