Our Expertise

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Commercial Law

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.

Mining Law

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.

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.

Competition Law

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.

Labour Law

We advise clients on all aspects relating to the Labour Relations Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and all other labour related disputes, as well as the drafting of employment contracts (executive and non-executive) and we appear in the Labour Court to argue labour disputes.

Estates and Estate Planning

We offer a full range of services in relation to estate planning and deceased estate administration. Our estate planning services include consultations and expert advice in respect of the drafting of Wills, restructuring of assets, and the registration of Trusts, ensuring your family is fully protected both during your lifetime, and after.

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.