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Core documents of private companies


A private company may be the most common and simplest company to register, but is required to comply with ongoing administrative requirements set out in the Companies Act.

In this course we will discuss the role and significance of various documents a company may need, such as the memorandum of incorporation and the shareholders agreement. We will look at why these documents are important, what they should contain, their key provisions, and what they say about your company.

Join us for a four-hour webinar course, held over four days.


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Course outline

This is proposed outline of the course. It is subject to minor changes.

Day 1 Core company secretarial docs
We discuss the role and significance of these documents; what the memorandum of incorporation typically includes and how this interacts with the shareholders agreement (if any) of a company; why some companies would have a shareholders agreement
Day 2 Key provisions in MOIs and shareholders agreements
We consider key provisions, including those particularly relevant in sale agreements, such as pre-emptive rights, deemed offers and minority protections
Day 3 Share certificates and securities registers
Understanding the significance of these documents; key terms and concepts; and share transfer considerations
Day 4 How to approach a due diligence review of a memorandum of incorporation or a shareholders agreement


Who will benefit from this course?

This course will benefit anyone who works with company documentation, whether that involves drafting the documentation or implementing its provisions.


Jean Milner and Jessica Blignaut are co-founders of GreenLight Law, a corporate legal training consultancy offering practical training for junior lawyers and other professionals. As experienced corporate lawyers specialising in mergers and acquisitions, Jean and Jess want to share their knowledge and experience through practical training courses. They believe that demystifying corporate legal concepts and conveying practical skills is critical to empowering young lawyers and helping them scale the corporate ladder. Jean's extensive background in corporate law includes 15 years at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg, where she was a partner from 2003 to 2019. Prior to her tenure at Webbers, she was a corporate and securities lawyer in Washington DC with Baker & McKenzie. Jess is a former Senior Associate, also in the corporate law team at Webber Wentzel, and prior to that practiced at Bowmans. Jean graduated with BA LLB degrees from The University of Cape Town and an LLM from the American University in Washington, DC. She is admitted to practice in South Africa, New York and the District of Columbia. Jess graduated from the University of Cape Town with BA (Hons), LLB and LLM degrees and is admitted to practice in South Africa. As an equity partner at Webber Wentzel, Jean was included in the 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in South Africa for mergers and acquisitions.

How much?



A certificate of participation from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full four sessions of the course. Please note that certificates can only be issued after the lockdown has ended.