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Competition/Antitrust

3 ranked lawyersBand 3South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Enjoys a well-established reputation in the competition market, frequently advising on high-profile mergers and acquisitions in South Africa. Demonstrates further proficiency participating in multi-jurisdictional mandates, particularly those pertaining to the wider African continent. Also has an active practice representing clients in Competition Commission investigations relating to abuse of dominance and vertical prohibited practices. Maintains a strong client base in the manufacturing, mining, consumer goods and telecommunications sectors, among others.

Strengths

One source cited the team's "superior knowledge of competition law," adding: "The competition lawyers and litigation team understand our business and industry well."

Work highlights

Represented Blue Label Telecoms in the ZAR544 million sale of its subsidiary 3G Mobile, including cross-border merger filings.

Notable practitioners

Ahmore Burger-Smidt is regularly engaged by clients to provide competition counsel on corporate transactions and restructurings. Interviewees highlight her as "easy to work with, quick to respond and knowledgeable."

Paul Cleland covers the full spectrum of competition mandates, including merger filings and market inquiries. Sources commend him as "very practical and very capable."

Head of practice Paul Coetser is a well-known and well-respected lawyer in the competition field. He possesses a wealth of experience dealing with the Commission on cartel disputes, merger approvals, and all manner of antitrust-related investigations and inquiries.

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Overview

Werksmans' competition lawyers are at the forefront of developments in competition law in South Africa and have assisted a number of large corporate clients with the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). These clients including mining, manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services companies, and foreign multinationals. They also regularly advise on prohibited practices such as cartel conduct, bid rigging and abuses of dominance. Members of our Competition Practice have acted in cartel proceedings in steel, airline, construction, engineering, vehicle, fuel and much more.

South African competition law differs from foreign models in that the focus is not purely on competition and antitrust issues, but also on certain public interest and social goals. These include the promotion of small businesses, the interests of employees and black economic empowerment. Our deeply experienced competition lawyers bring with them a complementary blend of legal and business skills, and a focus on finding practical solutions and the best possible outcome for the client.

Additionally, our Competition e-Learning Tool provides robust competition law training for all company employees around key areas of competition law.

Our Competition Law services include competition and antitrust services; specifically mergers, investigations and referrals, and compliance matters.

Members

Arteiro, Dominique

Burger-Smidt, Ahmore

Krusche, Petra

Oosthuizen, Willie

Padayachy, Seroshan

Raath, Rudolph

Sinden, Samantha

Steyn, Pieter

Wickins, Graeme

Competition/Antitrust

Werksmans Attorneys

firm
Location

The Central, 96 Rivonia Road

Sandown

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Competition/Antitrust


Ahmore Burger-Smidt
Band 4
Paul Cleland
Band 4
Paul Coetser
Band 2