Ian is a director at Andersen in South Africa with over thirty years' post-admission experience in the areas of competition, consumer and commercial regulatory law as well as corporate, commercial and other business-related law.
His expertise and experience include data protection and processing, mergers, acquisitions and sales of business, competition law, economic regulation (including international trade, data protection, life sciences, food and beverage and consumer law), commercial exploitation of intellectual property, franchising and licensing.
Since the entry into force of data protection regulations in South Africa, Ian has been extensively involved in assisting clients in auditing their current data processing procedures and implementation of data systems to comply with best practice and legal requirements.
Ian is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in South Africa in the field of franchise law, and has served as an executive committee member of the franchise association of South Africa for several years, and as its chairman in 2014/15. Ian enjoys working with entrepreneurs and innovators and finds the problem-solving aspects of legal practice especially fulfilling.
From 1 July, businesses will have to comply with South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). This comprehensive legislation marks a sea change in the way businesses are regulated for data protection, including introducing a requirement to report data breaches. This panel will discuss how businesses can make the transition needed in order to comply with the new legislation.