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Practical Corporate Governance Course for the Modern African Lawyer

Early bird tickets $99 - available until 27th March 2019 Standard course $130- from 28th March 2019

About UCT Law@work

This University of Cape Town Law@work online short course ’Practical Corporate Governance for the Modern African Lawyer’ is delivered in collaboration with Africa Legal.

Leading the way in continuing legal education since 1999, UCT Law@work presents a range of seminars and courses dealing with various aspects of the law in the fields of labour, commercial, private and public law, amongst others.

Law@work and Africa Legal are working together to increase access to affordable online, practical legal courses across Africa.

About This Course

Good corporate governance is, too often, neglected in favour of short term gains. Across the globe, there has never been more attention on this than there is now.

In this two-hour interactive online course you will be confronted with an unfolding real-life scenario that will challenge you to apply corporate governance principles, enabling you to facilitate business growth.

You will discover how to support your business and clients in implementing sustainable and ethical practices that unlock long-term business value.

The course can be done anywhere, at any time, and is perfect for students, lawyers, business owners, and those looking to work in risk and compliance roles.

Taught by a leading University of Cape Town academic, the course also has input from global experts who will assist learners to develop an understanding of:

  • The value drivers of corporate governance
  • What boards do
  • Ethical and effective leadership
  • Practical outcomes-based thinking

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

This is a rare opportunity for you to earn an official certificate from UCT Law@work and learn practical real-world skills that you can apply as soon as you finish. Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you at no extra cost.

Course features

  • Access the course as and when suits you on mobile, tablet or desktop
  • Two hours' worth of learning with resources for extra study
  • Meet colleagues from around the world on discussion forums
  • This course is scenario and case led. You will learn by example.
  • Not enough data? Turn off the video and download or read the transcript
  • Receive a certificate from UCT


Your course instructor

James Leach

Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, UCT, course convenor and lecturer for various UCT Law@work short courses.

James graduated from the University of Cape Town with a LLB in 2012 and a Master of Law in Commercial Law (LLM) with distinction in 2013, and completed a LLM in Shipping Law in 2014.
He became a lecturer in the Faculty of Law’s Commercial Law Department. James has been the primary developer and course convenor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory Compliance Management at the UCT Faculty of Law and has been running a short course in compliance management on behalf of UCT Law@work and Get Smarter since 2015. Outside of compliance management, his interest lies in theories of corporate legal regulation, cryptocurrencies and crypto-banking, corporate governance and financial aspects of corporate financing structures.


Guest contributor

Tebello Thabane

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Company Law & Corporate Governance.

Tebello is an advocate of the High Courts of South Africa and Lesotho. He is Senior Lecturer in commercial law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. He is also a doctoral candidate in the same department. His thesis focuses on the impact of the ownership and control architecture of state-owned companies on issues of corporate governance. He holds the following degrees: BA (Law), LLB, LLM (Commercial Law) and LLM (Human Rights). He further holds postgraduate certificates in Corporate Compliance and Commercial Dispute Mediation. Tebello practiced as an advocate for several years and later served as the Principal Secretary and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Lesotho before joining the academy. He lectures Company Law, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Reginald Aziza

Guest contributor

Reginald Aziza

Attorney, Chevron Nigeria Limited | Doctoral Student, University of Oxford

Onoriode Reginald Aziza is a triple first-class lawyer who graduated with a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Cambridge. Currently he is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford.

His expertise lie in securities law, investment and dispute resolution. Recently he joined the team at Chevron in Nigeria as an attorney. In 2017 Reginald spent six months with Shearman and Sterling in Paris and before that a short spell at Olaniwun Ajayi LP in Lagos. He was also briefly an associate with Herbert Smith Freehills in London. This placement in the London office was the culmination of the bursary awarded to him by the law firm to study at Cambridge. 


Guest contributor

Angeli Arora

Co-head of Private Equity (and Investment Funds) for the Africa region of Dentons.

Angeli Arora is a highly experienced international lawyer working for financial institutions and corporate enterprises on high stake or complex investments around the world, including some of the most high profile financial restructurings and most important global investor actions of this century.

Angeli graduated from Oxford University in 1998. Angeli spent over 10 years working in London for a top tier U.S. law firm, including becoming their youngest partner at age 30. Angeli also spent a number of years in Asia, heading up their office in Hong Kong. Angeli then moved to Africa, seeing an exciting opportunity to be part of the world’s next fastest growing economy after South Asia. To date, Angeli has acted in high profile transactions in over 70 jurisdictions, in most continents.

In Africa, Angeli is involved in a number of initiatives which aim to address some of the complex investment challenges in the region, including corporate governance issues. Angeli is able to use her experiences from around the world to bring different perspectives and solutions to the table.


Guest contributor

Steven De Backer

Founder and CEO of Afriwise.

Steven De Backer is the founder and CEO of Afriwise. Afriwise really is the culmination of his career, from top roles at leading African and international law firms, managing internet projects and lecturing about legal-tech possibilities as early as 1999. Early on in his career, Steven co-lead a small team at European stock broker KBS Securities that launched the leading online trading platform in Belgium. It was a good start, but Steven quickly moved on to the legal sector.

After a stint at magic-circle firm Freshfields, he returned to Africa (where he grew up) to practise as a lawyer. Since 2003, Steven has relentlessly pursued ways to improve corporate legal services delivery in Africa. He was at the forefront of establishing and deepening a network of associated firms in Africa, helped to develop the Africa practice of what is today one of the leading law firms on the continent and founded an innovative interdisciplinary advisory firm in 2014. His main goal has always been to help businesses work smarter and more effectively in Africa.

A seasoned lawyer in his own right, Steven is named by the prestigious English research firm Chambers & Partners in Chambers Global as one of the leading corporate/M&A; projects & energy; and general business law lawyers in Africa. Chambers has noted that he is very well known for his work for clients across the African continent and is described by clients as “a class act”, stating that “there’s not much he doesn’t know about sub-Saharan Africa”.

Having lived and worked on the African continent for almost 30 years, in five different countries and having advised companies in over 40 African countries, Steven indeed has unparalleled on-the-ground, hands-on experience and a unique in-depth knowledge of navigating challenges in Africa.

Steven is also an economic diplomacy adviser to the Belgian Government for South Africa and a founding member and previous chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Africa. He further sits on the advisory board of several companies active in East Africa

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Who should take this course? 

This course is aimed at junior lawyers, law students, business owners and risk and compliance professionals in Africa.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Once you are enrolled in the course, you can work through the content at your own pace. Feel free to access any part of the content at any time.
The course should take you about two hours, not including optional activities, discussions and extra reading materials.

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