Start Up Services to Grow your Business

Our firm exists to help businesses start up, and then grow their value. We do that by providing high quality, competitively priced, legal solutions for specific entrepreneurial growth challenges. We think of these growth challenges in four categories:

SET UP:

GROW:

FUND:

EXIT:

One of our primary goals as a firm is to remove all obstacles to engaging with our clients. Our continued commitment to this goal is demonstrated by our offer of an initial consultation free of charge to all new clients. Please contact us to set up your free consultation today.


 

Start Up Team Members

Adrian Dommisse | Director – BA LLB LLM (UCT)

Adrian Dommisse - Director

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 lifecycle. He will assist in setting up a business, early stage founder relationships, early stage funding, be it angel or series seed, employee share schemes, and with operational growth (licensing, development, sales and employment agreements). He will further assist with the next stage financing be it series A, venture capital or other private equity, then mature stage growth through high-value revenue earning contracts, partnerships or international expansion and ultimately exit transactions, in which the founders realise their hard earned revenue.

He also advises and sits on the boards of directors of various clients. This is largely because clients know that their interests drive the firm’s energy and understanding clients’ needs and their relationship with the firm is always a priority.

Adrian also has extensive experience in corporate and financial transactions across Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, he has past experience as a commercial litigator at Webber Wentzel, seven years as a financial professional (including as an investment banker in London), and his time as a corporate attorney at ENSafrica.

His transactional experience includes various venture capital arrangements, private equity transactions, joint venture deals – and the related sale of shares, shareholders’ agreements, partnerships (incorporated and unincorporated) and commercial terms of service. He has extensive experience in operational / sales agreements, having acted for Cisco Systems across Africa.

Adrian has an economics degree, and LLB as well as a Masters degree in Company Law and International Law from the University of Cape Town, with a semester at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He entered the profession in 1998 and was admitted in 2001.

When he’s not at the office, Adrian enjoys quality time with his wife Elaine and three children, and they adventure together in the great outdoors at every opportunity.

Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)71 6744 316
Email: adrian@dommisseattorneys.co.za

 

Jack O’Reilly | Associate – LLB (UFS)

Jack is an experienced commercial litigation attorney and joined Dommisse Attorneys as a commercial law associate in 2017 where he now forms part of our Start-up team.

He was admitted as an attorney early 2013 and commenced his career with Symington & De Kok Attorneys where he gained invaluable experience and exposure to corporate law and dispute resolutions.
 
Jack has a passion for entrepreneurship and legal innovation and thrives when there is an opportunity to create value. Before joining our firm, he ran several of his own start-ups, one of which assisted young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. He brings this set of legal skills and passion for start-ups and entrepreneurship to our Start-up Team.

When not at the office, Jack enjoys exploring the Cape winelands, reading up on all things start-up related and keeping his mind and body in check by going to the gym.

Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)82 929 7015
Email: jack@dommisseattorneys.co.za

 

Ya-Fan Wong | Associate – BSocSci LLB (UCT)

Ya-Fan Wong

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.

Ya-Fan has also joined the newly established Start Up team under the guidance of Adrian Dommisse and will be assisting the team in developing specific legal products for our start up clients’ needs. He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town in 2004, majoring in law and psychology. Thereafter, he ventured out into the corporate and commercial world, in particular in the retail arena where he gained ample experience in management and administration. Ya-Fan later returned to UCT and completed his LLB in 2013. That same year he also attended and completed training at the UCT School of Legal Practice.

Ya-Fan enjoys the outdoors, reading and good food. He loves to cook and experiment with different international cuisines.

Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)72 394 4933
Email: yafan@dommisseattorneys.co.za