If you’re looking for the right legal partner to walk with you, advise you and help you drive the growth and expansion of your business, then you’re in the right place.
We can assist you with the following services:
- Structuring further funding transactions (Seed, Series A, SAFE, convertible debt, normal debt);
- Operational agreements and structuring: from open-source software licensing and software development to contract brewing agreements;
- Strategic agreements: joint ventures, partnerships, co-branding, etc.;
- Expansion: multi-company and group structures;
- International expansion: setting up operational subsidiaries and affiliate companies offshore, from Mauritius to Delaware;
- Tax efficient international group structuring and exchange control compliant advisory services; and
- Exit: buy/ sell negotiations, whether it be a quiet private sale, a grand merger/ acquisition or a fully blown listing.
Transactional Team Members
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 one of the lead members of the firm’s Start Up and Transactional teams, 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 has extensive experience in corporate and financial transactions across Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He has worked both as an attorney (ENSafrica and Webber Wentzel) and as a financial professional (five years as a credit analyst and director at Fitch Ratings in London, and 2 years as an investment banker at Unicredit in London) building up 20 years’ experience in structuring and analysing cross border transactions across the EMEA region. Adrian established Dommisse Attorneys law firm in 2008, and holds three degrees in economics and law (including a Masters degree in Company Law and International Law). He entered the profession in 1998 and was admitted in 2001.
His transactional experience includes various investments into Getsmarter (undisclosed amount, 2015), as well as exits by the owners of Woothemes (to WordPress, USD30mln), Snapscan (to Standard Bank, 2015, undisclosed amount) and advising the board of Getsmarter in their USD103mln exit to 2U in 2017.
Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)71 6744 316
SG Laubscher | Director – LLB LLM (UFC)
SG joined Dommisse Attorneys in 2014 in our Corporate and Commercial division and is now one of the lead members of the firm’s Start Up and Transactional teams. 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.
SG obtained an LLB and LLM (cum laude) from the University of the Free State and was admitted as an attorney in Bloemfontein in 2010, after which he commenced with his career as a commercial attorney in Pretoria. He aims to never stop learning and to this end recently completed a course on corporate finance at the University of Cape Town, as well as a course on financial markets through Yale University.
He gained the bulk of his experience as a junior partner at a corporate commercial firm in Pretoria where he drafted a wide variety of commercial agreements, including institutional documents and agreements for multinational organizations in various jurisdictions as well as completing cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring in general.
He has since gained further experience in various security, finance and trade agreements, advising clients on the formation of private equity funds and options in raising capital, South African and UK clients in the renewable energy sector on project finance and other capital raising activity and clients in the UK, USA and other jurisdictions as to their investment transactions into South Africa.
Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)79 896 4048
Prince Mathibela | Candidate Attorney – BA LLB LLM (UCT)
Prince joined Dommisse Attorneys as a candidate attorney in August 2018. He is in the Transactional Team enhancing his skills in corporate finance, merges and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.
He holds both a BA and a LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He also graduated from the University of Cape Town with a master’s degree in commercial law. While completing his LLM, he was appointed as the head tutor in the commercial law department at tutoring corporation law.
He is passionate about entrepreneurial success and corporate growth.
Outside the office, Prince is a foodie, an avid reader (strictly non-fiction) and a travel enthusiast.
Tel.: +27 (0)21 671 1550
Cell: +27 (0)79 222 1840