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Business Law Focus

The Business Law Focus podcast series covers the latest and most important developments in business law and tax. Through exclusive interviews with leading experts in the field and the lawyers actually arguing the most important cases, these interviews cut through the noise to provide legal insights that matter for the C-suite, entrepreneurs and professionals.
Weekly English South Africa Business
47 Episodes
1 – 20

The good, bad and ugly of Budget 2024

In this edition of Business Law Focus host, Evan Pickworth speaks to tax experts from ENSafrica, Charles De Wet and Ntebaleng Sekabate, about the good, bad and ugly of the upcoming national Budget, due on 21 February.
6 Feb 15 min

M&A, PE trends to watch in 2024

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews joint heads of ENSafrica Corporate and Commercial, Doron Joffe and Julius Oosthuizen, to uncover the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping M&A, private equity and general deal-making in South Africa and look forward to what is coming down the road…
23 Nov 2023 18 min

Legal Practice Council ramps up fight against errant lawyers

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews the Provincial Director of the Eastern Cape Office of the Legal Practice Council, Alfred Honda, and LPC spokesperson, Kabelo Letebele. They debate recent criticism that the Council is not acting fast enough against errant lawyers and look to the…
8 Nov 2023 16 min

Rising tax risks of a mobile workforce

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth is joined by Michael Hewson, founder and director of Graphene Economics to discuss the tax risks faced by an increasingly mobile workforce.
14 Sep 2023 11 min

Future of race in recruitment, promotion and restructuring

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews Director at Fluxmans, Lisa-Anne Schäfer-King, on the future of “race” in recruitment, promotion and restructuring processes. A recent settlement agreement provided welcome clarity on the application of affirmative action where targets cannot be met on justifiable or reasonable grounds.
12 Jul 2023 14 min

Why a bot takeover of auditing is unlikely

Business Law Focus host Evan Pickworth interviews PKF SA CEO and managing partner of PKF Octagon, Waldek Wasowicz, on whether a “bot” is likely to be doing your company’s annual audit any time soon.
31 May 2023 18 min

Rise of Climate Tech

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews Ridwaan Boda, Executive in the Corporate Commercial practice at ENSafrica on the rise in “climate tech” as a consequence of a greater need for reliable data and information as the world moves to a greener future. However, this comes…
25 May 2023 12 min

Rising tide of climate litigation

The goal for the energy sector in SA is to move to 42% non-fossil fuel sources by 2030, but this is unlikely to be a smooth ride. Business Law Focus host Evan Pickworth interviews senior associate in the dispute resolution department at ENSafrica, Beverley Oosthuizen, to discuss the most likely,…
11 May 2023 27 min

How far does the ESG advice duty go?

With all the noise around ESG investing it can be difficult for customers and their advisors to distil what is relevant. In this edition of Business Law Focus host Evan Pickworth interviews Jessica Blumenthal and Talia Cullinan from ENSafrica on exactly how far a duty to take ESG factors into…
17 Apr 2023 15 min

African dealmakers make up for lost time

In this edition of Business Law Focus host Evan Pickworth interviews Angela Simpson, Lydia Shadrach-Razzino and Verushca Pillay, transactional lawyers in the Johannesburg office of global law firm Baker McKenzie. They unpack the latest M&A, Private Equity and BEE trends in Africa, highlighting among others that South Africa may have…
6 Apr 2023 19 min

Whistleblowers and the law - blowing in the wind

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews Tendai Jangara, Director in the Dispute Resolution practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) about the ongoing plight of increasingly unloved whistleblowers. Among others, they discuss whether it was fair to ask André de Ruyter, after exiting Eskom in the…
9 Mar 2023 11 min

What could lie ahead for South Africa in the 2023 budget speech

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, delivers his budget speech on 22 February and in this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews Charles de Wet, tax executive at ENSafrica, about what may be in store for long-suffering taxpayers. This comes as the devaluation of the rand…
20 Feb 2023 16 min

Where to next for SA's mining sector?

With SA's crucial mining indaba taking place from 6-9 February, Business Law Focus host Evan Pickworth interviews Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame and Mihlali Sitefane from ENSafrica on whether policy support is sufficient to spark change and drive investment.
2 Feb 2023 22 min

Managing Power during COP27

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 27 grabbing global headlines, Business Law Focus Editor, Evan Pickworth, spoke to Mohamed Ghannam, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Cairo; Oludare Senbore, Partner at Aluko & Oyebode in Nigeria and Kieran Whyte, Partner and Head of the Energy, Mining &…
21 Nov 2022 17 min

Greylisting – Too close to call

Should South Africa not meet the international standard and compliance rules on money laundering as set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), it could be added to the FATF “greylist” as early as April next year. This could hit investment and businesses, but more importantly will certainly knock SA’s…
9 Nov 2022 21 min

SARS can search and seize your property without a warrant

Business Law Focus host, Evan Pickworth speaks to Francis Mayebe, Candidate Attorney and Virusha Subban, Partner and Head of Tax, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg about the power of SARS to search and seize your property without a warrant, and what the law says about this. We zone in on  a case…
12 Oct 2022 15 min

Best ESG defence is a good offence

In this edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth speaks to partners at Webber Wentzel, Sarah McKenzie and Maria Philippides about increasing public and regulatory scrutiny of the ESG claims being made by companies. Recent litigation is a salient lesson in risks posed by those who make misleading claims…
15 Sep 2022 11 min

Cross-border ESG due diligence rules in the spotlight

In the next edition of Business Law Focus, host Evan Pickworth interviews Mansoor Parker, Executive in the tax practice at ENSafrica. The spotlight is on the implementation of corporate due diligence and accountability of undertakings with business activities in the EU – and notably what this means for SA companies…
5 Sep 2022 13 min
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