Q We have a South African client who is interested in doing business with an American corporation. Our client feels reasonably confident that the US trading partner it has selected is a reputable and stable company, but wants us to advise it on ways to protect its business investment in the US, from forming a corporation in the US to methods of security and the debt-recovery process.
It is 9.30 am and I am awoken by the impatience of the driver of a limousine service. It has been four hours since my previous adventure to the office. I have a 10 am meeting with the deal partner on the status of the closing of a $2 billion private investment fund in two days' time. Time's winged chariot is rushing by. I have 10 minutes to dress in my tailor-made dark suit and 20 minutes to defeat the traffic on Manhattan's Upper West Side.