Commercial & Business
Our work is our clients’ business. We achieve the best
commercial result for our clients. That is our ethos.
Messina Inc is a specialist firm dealing in commercial and business law, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our experience, talent and professionalism are the reasons why we enjoy a trusted and loyal relationship with some of South Africa’s highest profile corporate entities and state-owned companies.
An active member of the Corporate Lawyers Association, South African Institute of Directors, Italian and American Chambers of Commerce, Messina Inc is constantly up to date with issues and developments attaining to your corporate needs. At Messina Inc we are proud to be a Recognised Level 2 Contributor with 100% Procurement Recognition.
Areas of Expertise
Data Privacy Law
Company Secretarial Services
Arbitrations & High Court Litigation
Trademark registration & Disputes
Estates & Estate Planning
We present a professional and thorough understanding of all things relating to commerce. From commercial agreements to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, to corporate restructuring, we provide expert assistance and advice.
We are able to advise on all aspects relating to the Companies Act, the Competition Act, the Insolvency Act, and generally, all legislation which affects commerce in South Africa. Although most of our clients are already established corporate entities, we are also able to assist in all documentation and advice in starting up businesses.
Data Privacy Law
We provide in depth knowledge and professional experience on all aspects relating to the Protection of Personal Information Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
Our services include developing customised, practical solutions to ensure our corporate clients are fully compliant with data privacy laws when processing the personal information of their employees, suppliers, consumers or clients. We provide data privacy contracts, policies and training tailored to each client’s particular business needs.
We have provided extensive advice to corporate clients and state-owned entities on legislation, including the Mineral and Resources Development Act, and we have structured and advised on mining deals and the issue of mining rights.
We enjoy a proven and successful track record working with the Competition Commission of South Africa, and have obtained merger approval in a number of large and intermediate mergers. We have provided opinion work, and have assisted our corporate clients in numerous competition (antitrust) issues and have structured transactions accordingly to ensure full compliance with the relevant competition laws.
Company Secretarial Services
We offer an efficient company secretarial service, to provide complete corporate services to our clients.
The following is an outline of services which we provide:-
- Company Searches
- Company Name Reservations
- Formation of all types of Companies
- Appointment and Resignation of Directors
- Registered Address and Financial Year End Changes
- Auditor and Accounting Officers Changes
- Company and Close Corporation Address Changes
- Company and Close Corporation Financial Year End Changes
- File Annual Returns
- Deregistration of Companies
- Reinstatement of deregistered companies
- Close Corporation Member Changes
- Conversion of Close Corporations to Companies
- Registration of Amendment to Memorandum of Incorporation
- Drafting of Memorandum of Incorporation
- Trademark Registration
- Trademark Searches
- We also ensure that you are fully compliant with the Companies Act71 of 2008, at all times.
Messina Inc has an expert understanding of the newly changed insolvency laws. Be it liquidation applications, interrogations, voidable dispositions and business rescue, we approach each case with dedication, discretion and diplomacy.
The South African Law Reports has detailed prominent business rescue cases in which Messina Inc has been involved.
Arbitrations and High Court Litigation
With litigation we are determined and dedicated to achieving the best commercial result for our clients, and to combine an approach of not litigating unnecessarily, whilst simultaneously making sure that our clients’ legal rights are pursued to the fullest.
We have extensive experience in motion court applications, trials and arbitrations, involving commercial law.
Trademark Registration and Disputes
We provide in depth knowledge and professional experience of dealing with trademarks.
We have registered numerous trademarks for our corporate clients, and are familiar with the workings of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and have advised on trademark disputes and related litigation.
Estates and Estate Planning
We have extensive experience in the administration of deceased estates, attending to the entire administration process. In addition to the above, we are able to assist with contentious estates, and any litigation arising therefrom.
Through dedication and thorough professionalism we will develop and maintain a loyal and trusted relationship with our clients.
At Messina Inc, our doctrine is “leadership through service.” We intend to lead the way in commercial law through close, personal and professional attention to the details that drive our clients.
Our work is our clients’ business. We achieve the best commercial result for our clients. We get the job done. That is our ethos.