Your legal partner in the start-up journey

SET UP, FUND, GROW AND SELL YOUR BUSINESS

We give you peace of mind

Risk assessment and management – so you don’t have to.

More than just your lawyers

FULLY SPECIALIZED CORPORATE FINANCE AND COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM

Services

We provide value and service through the entire lifecycle of a company, from fundraising and operational sales systems to growing and maturing the corporate structure, both domestically and internationally.

START UP

Starting a business? We know there are a million things to think about, boxes to tick, and ideas to explore. Let us take care of the legal side. We will be your legal partner to set up, fund and develop your business.

ESTABLISHED

If you’re looking for the right legal partner to walk with you throughout your business journey, advise you and help you drive the growth and expansion of your business, then our service and team of commercial lawyers are for you.

PEACE OF MIND

The clampdown on business is intensifying and compliance risk is exceptionally more complex nowadays. We specialise in risk assessment and management service of your products and business – so you do not have to.

Mission

We invest our energy in our clients – at the core of our mission.
We devote time to really understand each client’s needs in the first free consultation.
We charge transparent, scoped fees and avoid open-ended hourly rate arrangements.
We keep up with technology – using leading document generation software and ambitious knowledge collaboration management tools.
We ensure every attorney at our firm is properly equipped with these tools to practice better, faster and more cost efficiently than anyone else.

Team

Adrian Dommisse

Adrian Dommisse

Director – BA LLB LLM (UCT)

Adrian established our law firm in 2008 and thrives on meeting and assisting clients in the start-up space, understanding their products and helping them to gain value.  In his role as lead member of the firm’s Start Up team, Adrian’s goal is to help grow value for his clients throughout the start-up life cycle.

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Jody Doyle

Jody Doyle

Director – BA LLB (UCT)

Jody takes a special interest in advising on special projects / joint ventures and partnerships in the finance, data services industries and tech-space, and thrives on generally adding value by providing on-going operational advice to both start-ups and established companies in these industries.

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Jana van Zyl

Jana van Zyl

Director – BComm LLB (Stell)

Jana joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2013 as lead member of the Compliance and Regulatory team. Her practice services various national retailers, credit providers, call centres, marketing companies and other service providers. More recently she has also become involved with assisting clients in the Fintech space with compliance advice – which is a great complimentary service to the Corporate and Commercial divisions’ clients. Her focus is to provide peace of mind to clients in assisting them with the interpretation of legislation to their business models and understanding risk.

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Nicola Venter

Nicola Venter

Managing Attorney – LLB (Stell)

Nicola joined Dommisse Attorneys as our managing attorney in 2013, heading the managerial, operational, financial and general business aspects of the firm. Her analytical nature and strategic thinking have paved the way to her developing a further role in business analytics and moving the firm forward and driving decisions through statistical and operations analysis and data insight.

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Tanya Lok

Tanya Lok

KM Developer –BAcc LLB (Stell)

Tanya joined Dommisse Attorneys as a senior associate in 2014. Her invaluable commercial experience has led to the creation of her new role as head of knowledge management.

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SG Laubscher

SG Laubscher

Senior Associate – LLB LLM (UFS)

SG joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2014 in our Corporate and Commercial division and is now part of our Transactional team. His core focus is on the legal aspects of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He has a very keen interest in private equity and structured finance and thrives on playing a leading role in challenging transactional work.

His passion and forte is to create value for clients with his relentless devotion to finding innovative corporate solutions, by applying relevant legal knowledge to complex situations.

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Kirsten le Roux

Kirsten le Roux

Senior Associate – LLB (UPE)

Kirsten joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2014 and is now part of our Transactional team. Her focus areas include assisting clients with corporate structuring, general corporate commercial work as well as commercial property transactions. She particularly enjoys the innovative challenge of drafting bespoke commercial agreements for clients.

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Lizelle La Grange

Lizelle La Grange

Associate – LLB (Stell)

Lizelle is an experienced compliance attorney and joined the Compliance and Regulatory team of Dommisse Attorneys in 2015. Her experience ranges from advice on designated service provider agreements with medical aid schemes and pharmacy license applications to commercial lease agreements, competition law related matters, and the general governance and conduct of board meetings.

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Wendy Hoffman

Wendy Hoffman

Associate – BComm PPE, LLB (UCT)

Wendy joined the team at Dommisse Attorneys in 2013, to commence her articles of clerkship and has continued at the firm as an Associate, following her admission in 2014. Taking a hands-on approach, Wendy has weekly meetings with some of our start-up clients, delivering a unique service-offering and aiming to add value throughout each business’ growth phase.

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Ya-Fan Wong

Ya-Fan Wong

Associate – BSocSci LLB (UCT)

Ya-Fan served his articles at Dommisse Attorneys and was admitted in 2015. He is currently in our Corporate and Commercial division,and is responsible for the firm’s company secretarial unit, offering a value-added service to clients, beyond just the incorporation of a company, to include maintaining of share and director registers and assisting with annual returns.

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Leanne Ferreira

Leanne Ferreira

Executive Assistant

Leanne joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2015, as the executive assistant. She assists both the Corporate and Commercial division as well as the Compliance and Regulatory team, and is crucial to smooth functioning of the firm. She has also recently formed part of the of the operations team, managing the day to day workings and fueling the firm’s efficiency projects.

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Max Sikhungo

Max Sikhungo

Paralegal – LLB (UNISA in process)

Max joined Dommisse Attorneys as a paralegal in 2014 and assists our Compliance and Regulatory team with all their projects relating to financial and credit legislation, electronic communications as well as consumer and personal information.

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Paula Kennedy-Smith

Paula Kennedy-Smith

Solicitor (England and Wales), Client Relationship Portfolio Consultant – LLB (Exeter, UK)

Paula consults to Dommisse Attorneys with regards to client service, marketing and public relations.  She has over 20 years’ experience as an international specialist in international law and business.

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Jessica Paterson

Jessica Paterson

Candidate Attorney – BComm LLB (Stell)

Jessica joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2016 to begin her articles of clerkship.She is currently in the Compliance and Regulatory team and is gaining experience with financial and credit legislation and assisting with electronic communications queries, as well as consumer and personal information projects.

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Louw Bothma

Louw Bothma

Candidate Attorney – LLB (Stell)

Louw joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2016 to begin his articles of clerkship. He is currently part of the Transactional team in  the Corporate and Commercial division where he is gaining invaluable knowledge in advising start-up clients and gaining experience in drafting memoranda of incorporation, shareholders’ agreements, operational agreements and sale of shares agreements. He also works in the company secretarial unit, offering a value-added service to clients, beyond just the incorporation of a company.

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Testimonials

Dommisse Attorneys have helped us through a founder buyout, complex open source developer contracts, a venture capital exploration and a notable acquisition. Needless to say they’ve been a great partner on our long and winding journey and I strongly recommend their services!

Mark Forrester | WooThemes Co-Founder

As a start-up it was crucial for us to find the right legal partner, willing to go through each stage with us and understanding our business. Dommisse has exceeded our expectations of support, service, quality and thoroughness every step of the way.

Leon Van Vuuren | Managing Director of Zamsure

Working with the Dommisse team is like working with another startup. Great to have a professional who understands the challenges of building a business.

Bradley Wattrus | Co-founder & CFO of Yoco

Dommisse Attorneys have helped us through a founder buyout, complex open source developer contracts, a venture capital exploration and a notable acquisition. Needless to say they’ve been a great partner on our long and winding journey and I strongly recommend their services!

Mark Forrester | WooThemes Co-Founder

Dommisse Attorneys  have become a trusted advisory partner and really took the time to understand SweepSouth’s legal needs. They helped us develop several thought-leading contracts which were a first for the country, and Jody, Tanya and team were always on time, on the ball and had all angles covered. We highly recommend this top team and look forward to working together in future.

Aisha R. Pandor | Co-founder and CEO SweepSouth.com

Congratulations to the team on launching your new website. The website is modern, functional, contains a wealth of relevant information and is really user-friendly. Always a pleasure working with the team.

Newman Leech | CEO of Geneva Management Group

We have found Dommisse Attorneys to be an efficient and meticulous legal partner in a significant cross-border acquisition as well as complex operational agreements with local business affiliates.

Craig Arenhold | CEO at Statpro

Working with the Dommisse team is like working with another startup. Great to have a professional who understands the challenges of building a business.

Bradley Wattrus | Co-founder & CFO of Yoco

The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is an organisation which attends to the business requirements of privately owned pharmacies in South Africa as well looking after their collective interest.  As ICPA operates in a highly regulated pharmaceutical market, it has employed the services of Dommisse Attorneys to assist ICPA in its commercial endeavours. Dommisse Attorneys demonstrated that they have a good understanding of the industry’s intricacies and the advice provided has always been relevant and highly professional. We have no hesitation recommending Dommisse Attorneys as the law firm of choice for dependable and accurate advice.

Mark Payne | CEO of ICPA

Dommisse Attorneys  have become a trusted advisory partner and really took the time to understand SweepSouth’s legal needs. They helped us develop several thought-leading contracts which were a first for the country, and Jody, Tanya and team were always on time, on the ball and had all angles covered. We highly recommend this top team and look forward to working together in future.

Aisha R. Pandor | Co-founder and CEO SweepSouth.com

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Phone: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Email: info@dommisseattorneys.co.za

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