29 Crescent Drive
Melrose Arch, Melrose North
Johannesburg, South Africa

Phone: 27 10 612 0368

Firm Profile
vdma is equipped, above the run-of-the-mill legal service providers in Africa, to facilitate and advise its local and international clients on all facets of international business law. We have made it a priority to stay informed and knowledgeable on the latest inbound and outbound investment laws and regulations, allowing us to focus on helping our clients understand cross-border business activities and the regulatory regimes, national and international, that apply to them. We can assist with exchange control (financial surveillance) applications, international trade transactions, new company formations, immigration matters, the set-up of cross-border corporate structures and with drafting and providing insightful advice on a wide range of commercial agreements, service and employment agreements, licenses, distribution agreements and cross-border arbitration matters.

We endeavor to make the legal and financial aspects of commercial transactions as uncomplicated as possible for our clients, not only when investing in South Africa but many other regions in Africa as well. Our firm has been involved with major players investing on the African continent, specifically in the renewable energy sector. The Department of Energy in South Africa has expanded the investment opportunity in renewable energy in South Africa from a few hundred million dollars, to a multi-billion dollar industry. The South African government is also working on preparations for rolling out a nuclear energy program, with a decision to call for bidders to build a new nuclear plant or plants set to be made within the current financial year. There are a number of property investment opportunities in South Africa as well.

The South African Government has devoted much effort to developing its incentive programs by developing an “incentive program portal” online, dividing state incentives into three broad categories: (1) concept, research and development incentives; (2) capital expenditure incentives; and (3) competitiveness enhancement incentives, all in all displaying South Africa’s eagerness to attract investment. It is no secret that Africa has some of the strongest emerging economies and at vdma we pride ourselves on conducting and servicing the legal aspects of transacting business in South Africa and Africa, helping to fuel the expansion of these emerging economies.

Practice Areas
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Banking and Finance
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
Company Secretarial Services

Compliance and governance
Corporate / M&A
Labour and Employment

Wealth and Private Clients


October 2022: VDMA Law (South Africa) announced it opened a new office in Stellenbosch during the course of September 2022. Stellenbosch has increasingly become the top destination for specialist service providers and decision makers in business. It is therefore the opportune time for VDMA to expand its footprint into Stellenbosch.

“Earlier this year we celebrated VDMA’s 12th anniversary and since the inception of the firm, we have considered not only the future of the firm itself, but ensuring that the future of the firm is aligned with the future of our clients” said Pieter van der Merwe, VDMA’s Managing Partner, “and we are confident that our Stellenbosch office will aid in our goal of ensuring that VDMA remains the boutique corporate and commercial law firm of choice in South Africa.”

July 2020: VDMA Law is proud to represent one of ten applicants in a landmark case being brought on an urgent basis in the Cape Town High Court, South Africa against the President of South Africa and the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. The case pertains to the decision taken by the aforementioned Minister to implement regulations which prohibit the sale of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products during the lockdown introduced in South Africa as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic (“Ban on Tobacco”). Click here to read the full announcement.

October 2018: Carmen Moss-Holdstock has joined South Africa member firm VDMA as head of its tax practice. Ms. Moss-Holdstock is experienced in advising large corporate entities and financial institutions on domestic, corporate and international tax issues in relation to group reorganizations, mining, financing, real estate investment trusts and mergers and acquisitions. She will advise and assist clients with ruling applications to the South African Revenue Service, exchange control issues and dispute resolution. Ms. Moss-Holdstock has an LL.B. from the University of South Africa and an LL.M. from the University of Cape Town.

March 2018:  DealMakers has rated South Africa member firm VDMA sixth among the top law firms in South Africa for mergers-and-acquisitions deals by deal value, with 6.52%, and fifth by deal flow, with 7.34%, more than double the share of the market by value and flow captured by global law firm rivals Hogan Lovells, Baker McKenzie and Allen & Overy. Said managing partner Pieter van der Merwe, “What makes this achievement so significant is that we are considerably smaller than many of our competitors, and yet we have still managed to achieve these results. We appreciate the trust our clients have placed in us to provide them with the best solutions capable of being delivered.”

February 2018: South Africa member firm VDMA is expanding its ranks with the addition of four new attorneys. De Waal Nigrini and Arianna Pedersoli have joined the firm as associates, specializing in corporate and commercial law. Stuart Roux has joined as an associate in the firm’s dispute resolution and insurance practice. And Anél Pistorius has joined as a candidate attorney in corporate and commercial law. The firm has also added shareholder activism, private wealth, compliance and insurance law to the range of services it provides its clients. Also at VDMA, Marilize Jerling, head of the firm’s corporate and commercial law practice, was quoted last month in the Mail & Guardian regarding recent actions taken by South Africa’s Companies and Intellectual Property Commission to rein in companies engaged in criminal conduct.

November 2017: Building on its legacy as an industry leader, South Africa member firm VDMA Attorneys is expanding its local presence with the official launch of its new office in the Southdowns Ridge Office Park in Centurion and the much anticipated launch of its new Johannesburg office in 2018. For further information about contacting the firm, click here.