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Ian Jacobsberg


Ian Jacobsberg
English, Afrikaans, French, German
Practice Group

Ian Jacobsberg’s skill-set includes all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers, 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 automotive, 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 many international companies on the protection of foreign intellectual property rights in South Africa, including trademarks, copyright and know-how. This includes 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.

He was awarded the Restaurant Association of South Africa Rosetta Award for Best Industry Personality 2009, and has also been recommended in Who’s Who Legal : Franchise every year since 2012. 

Ian has contributed the South African chapter of the 2nd Edition of The Franchise Law Review.

Representative experience

Acting for a multi-national sporting goods company with regard to the protection of its trademarks in South Africa.

Acting for multi-national franchisors in the establishment of their businesses in South Africa in the food, education, sports coaching and retail sectors.

Advising the dealer network of a major petroleum supplier in regard to various issues arising from their standard dealer agreements.

Advising an international manufacturer of processed fruit products in relation to the protection of its trademarks and product labelling requirements.

Drafting agreements for acquisition by a property and retail investment company of various retail shopping malls.

Advising a U.S.-based university in regard to an agreement for co-operation with a local university on research and development.

Education and admissions


  • B.A LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificate in Aviation Law, Rand Afrikaans University
  • Certificate in Essential Copyright Law, University of South Africa
  • Certificate in Essential Trademark Law, University of South Africa


  • Commissioner of Small Claims Court, Johannesburg
  • Council Member and member of the Membership Committee
  • Past Chairman of Franchise Association of South Africa

Court admissions

  • South Africa



Who’s Who Legal : Franchise


Restaurant Association of South Africa Rosetta Award for Best Industry Personality

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