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In brief

Our latest Doing Business in South Africa Guide outlines some of the principal matters affecting an overseas entity that wishes to establish and operate a business in the country. The Guide offers a range of practical advice and useful guidance for entities seeking to do business in the country. 

Key takeaways

The guide outlines the processes involved in:

  • Establishing a legal entitiy
  • Tax
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment
  • Exchange control
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Competition law
  • Labour law
  • Employment visas for foreign national employees
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental law
  • Banking & Finance

Our Johannesburg office was launched in 2012 and has since grown to more than 120 lawyers and business services staff, offering a full-service legal practice. Our lawyers offer deep knowledge of South Africa’s local markets and the cultural and social customs in this diverse and vibrant country. Through our diversity, our global one team approach, our values-based culture and our collective vision, we differentiate ourselves as solutions-driven lawyers operating at the heart of an increasingly connected world. 

You can download the Guide here.


Johan Botes heads Baker McKenzie’s Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Johannesburg. Johan is experienced in employment law and labor relations, focusing on South African and sub-Saharan African employment law and employee relations. He regularly advises multinational clients on industrial relations, employment negotiations, labor dispute resolution, change management, and organizational restructuring. His team manages multijurisdictional employment and employee relations projects on behalf of various multinational clients.


Lerisha Naidu is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Antitrust & Competition Practice Group in Johannesburg.

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