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Competition law presents various challenges for companies doing business in Africa. The number of competition law regimes across Africa has increased significantly in recent years and national regulators across the continent are becoming increasingly active. There are also a number of regional intergovernmental organisations regulating competition, for example, the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).We are at the forefront of developments in African competition law. We monitor competition law developments in various jurisdictions.
Our internationally recognised competition law experts participate in special committees on competition law; actively comment on draft legislation, guidelines and amendments in a variety of African countries; and regularly contribute to local and international competition law publications.
We provide a full range of competition and anti-trust law services in relation to: merger control, cartels and markets, abuse of dominance and other restrictive practices, and trade issues such as the implications of commercial and exclusivity agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances. We also provide competition law compliance training and conduct competition law audits.
Bowmans is a market-leading law firm sought out for its deep subject matter expertise and its involvement in some of the largest matters in the domestic market, across the African continent and globally. The practice advises blue-chip domestic and multinational clients on the competition aspects of high-value M&A transactions in industries such as manufacturing, technology, telecoms, entertainment and consumer goods. The group houses a respected contentious practice with notable experience in cartel conduct, price fixing and abuse of dominance proceedings, among other areas of prohibited practices. The team is additionally involved in mandates stemming from various Competition Commission market investigations.
Sources refer to the team's ability to ensure the "regulatory clearance process is as smooth as possible," whilst further observing the firm "provides a one-stop shop for filings across the African continent."
Other interviewees praise Bowmans as a "well-experienced and very responsive law firm," further appreciating that the group "coordinates work of local counsel throughout Africa."
Bowmans represented both the London Stock Exchange and Refinitiv in South African merger notification processes with respect to the LSE group's USD27 billion issued share acquisition of Refinitiv.
Practice co-head Derek Lötter has a wealth of experience in the space and is routinely instructed to advise on some of South Africa's most high-profile and high-value mergers and acquisitions. He is based in the firm's Johannesburg office.
"Derek is really good at ensuring all matters are handled with care and advice is timely."
Heather Irvine is a highly respected lawyer who is equally well versed advising on merger control and prohibited practices complaints. Based in Johannesburg, she is particularly noted for her representation of financial services organisations.
"She's brilliant: pragmatic, she thinks things through, has good rapport with clients and is very high quality."
Co-head of the practice group Tamara Dini continues to enhance her already impressive standing in the field. Based in Cape Town, she is sought out for her counsel on the South African merger control aspects of high-value international transactions.
"She really threw her all in and gave really strong and precise guidance."
Rudolph Labuschagne is noted for his representation of clients under Competition Commission investigations, relating to issues such as collusive conduct. Based in Cape Town, he acts on behalf of domestic and international clients from sectors including aviation and finance.
Johannesburg-based Judd Lurie attracts plaudits for his counsel on merger control. His client roster features a number of international as well as domestic companies, in industry sectors including financial services and food and beverages.
Johannesburg-based partner Claire Reidy has wide-ranging experience of prohibited practices in South Africa. She regularly represents her clients before the Competition Tribunal concerning complaints of market allocation and abuse of dominance, among other issues.
Shakti Wood provides competition advice to clients regarding commercial transactions and Commission complaints. Operating out of the firm's Johannesburg office, she frequently acts on behalf of clients hailing from the agriculture, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals spaces.
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