Ian Jacobsberg’s skill set covers all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers, and acquisitions and disposals, as well as giving advice on franchising, product distribution, advertising and sponsorship, consumer law and the protection and licensing of intellectual property and branding.

He has advised companies in diverse industries, including life sciences, food and agriculture, and the automotive sector, in regard to the regulatory and competition laws affecting their businesses.

Ian acts for numerous South African and international household names in the franchising industry and has prepared franchise and related agreements for franchises in diverse industrial and commercial sectors. He has advised several local and international companies on data protection obligations.

In addition, he has advised many international companies on the protection of foreign intellectual property rights in South Africa, including trademarks, copyright and know-how. This includes the drafting of licensing agreements and assignments of all forms of intellectual property rights, both registered and unregistered.

Ian is a past chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa and sits on its council and executive committee. He is also a commissioner of the small claims court.