keren@streamlaws.com

ABOUT

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ABOUT KEREN WATSON

Keren graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) summa cum laude in 2007, with four prizes for being the top graduate and twenty one certificates of merit for achieving top marks in individual subjects. 

 

She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2009 and has worked in corporate and commercial law teams at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg and Cox Yeats in Durban – both prominent corporate law firms. 

 

Keren has a unique range and depth of experience in corporate law, company law and consumer protection law matters. 

WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Sale of shares in South African chemical manufacturing company by its foreign owner, with a transaction value of over R300 million
  • Sale of shares in an industrial cleaning company to include BBBEE owners, with a transaction value of approximately R100 million
  • Share repurchase to streamline the ownership of a private investment company worth R100 million, where the transaction was contentious and worth R40 million
  • Capital raising transactions for venture capital companies, with values of over R10 million per round
  • Working on the instructions of an investment bank to conclude private equity deals including the acquisition of equity and the lending of working capital. Transactions were concluded in the telecommunications, steel and advertising industries, with value over R100 million
  • Drafting comprehensive memoranda of incorporation and shareholders agreements for new and existing companies
  • Transactions for companies yet to be formed
  • Creating new and complex preference shares or other investor shares
  • Drafting terms for the restructure of authorised share capital within a business rescue plan
  • Board and shareholder approval of financial assistance
  • Board and shareholder approval of share issues
  • Managing schemes of arrangement such as share buybacks and conversions of loan capital to share capital
  • Obtaining exemption from the Takeover Regulation Panel
  • Transactions to place shares in the hands of undisclosed shareholders and regulate the nominee shareholders’ conduct
  • Appointing directors, including in contentious circumstances
  • Removing directors, including in contentious circumstances
  • Converting close corporations to companies
  • Converting public companies to private companies
  • Forming new private companies
  • Deregistering companies
  • Forming non-profit companies including provision of tailored founding documents
  • Approximately twenty presentations on the Act to clients in the retail, restaurant and café, décor manufacturing, appliance manufacturing, animal feed production, aluminium production, private security, mining and automotive parts industries
  • Reviewing and revising consumer-facing documents for approximately forty businesses, including terms of sale, terms of service, returns policies, conditions of entry, indemnity signs, written indemnities which are business-to-business and warranty documents
KEREN HAS AUTHORED EIGHT PUBLICATIONS FOR THE LEADING LEGAL PUBLISHER LexisNexis
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With over eleven years’ experience in private legal practice, Keren offers high quality output at affordable rates. 

She is accustomed to listening to clients attentively, creating bespoke documents quickly and persisting in matters until the client has achieved their desired outcome.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

While Keren is admitted in the High Court of South Africa, Keren renders services as a consultant, not as a practising attorney. This means that she does not operate a trust account and is not regulated by the Law Society of South Africa in the same manner as a practising attorney.