Adv. Rory Voller

Commissioner - Companies and Intellectual Property Commission


Adv Rory Voller is the Cabinet appointed Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa. The CIPC is the Registrar and Regulator of Company and Intellectual property legislation.

He was a member of the legislative drafting team for both the New South African Companies Act and the Regulations, the Companies Amendment Act as well as the Intellectual Property Amendment Act on Traditional Knowledge.

Adv Voller is a lawyer who holds a BA (Law), LLB, LLM (Commercial Law Masters - Specialisation) degrees, from the University of Kwazulu – Natal as well the University of South Africa and is an admitted Advocate of the High Court, Transvaal Provincial Division.

He previously practised as an attorney.

He is a panel member on the Take-Over Regulation Panel (TRP) on Mergers and Acquisitions, a board member on the Anti- Money Laundering council, a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council and the Ministerial Specialist Committee member of the Company law and Intellectual Property law committees and an Executive Committee Member of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF). He is also appointed to the King Committee on Corporate Governance.

He is the country lead and previous Chairman of the BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Heads of Intellectual Property Offices group.

He is a member of the Expert Group on the IP office of the Future under the auspices of the International Trade Marks Association (INTA), a think-tank that has published a Blue print for the Functioning of IP Offices Globally.

He has presented and represented the CIPC at numerous National and International conferences including Singapore, Brazil, Romania, Malaysia, Dubai, Japan etc.