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Global 2022
South Africa Competition/Antitrust
3
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Werksmans Attorneys

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.

Chambers Review

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Competition/Antitrust - South Africa
3
Band 3
What the team is known for

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

Work Highlights

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  • Werksmans, led by Paul Coetser, acted for Comair in relation to the negotiation of merger conditions as part of its business rescue process.

Notable Practitioners

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Paul Cleland
4
Band 4

Johannesburg-based Paul Cleland covers the full spectrum of competition mandates, including merger filings and market inquiries.
"He works extremely well with demanding clients."

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Paul Coetser
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Band 2

Head of practice Paul Coetser is a well-known and well-respected lawyer in the competition field. Based in Johannesburg, he possesses a wealth of experience dealing with the Commission on cartel disputes, merger approvals, and all manner of antitrust-related investigations and inquiries.
"He gives very balanced advice and is very intelligent with the law." "He is very focused on securing the objectives of clients."

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Ahmore Burger-Smidt
4
Band 4

Based in the firm's Johannesburg office, Ahmore Burger-Smidt is regularly engaged by clients to provide competition counsel on corporate transactions and restructurings.
"Her strength is her expansive knowledge and the ability to provide practical advice in simple terms." "She is a real expert in competition law."

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South Africa

Competition/Antitrust

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

Members

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Dominique Arteiro

Graeme Wickins

Petra Krusche

Pieter Steyn

Rudolph Raath

Samantha Sinden

Seroshan Padayachy

Willie Oosthuizen