South Africa > Competition
Bowman Gilfillan’s large team has extensive experience in merger control and litigation, and recently has been involved in major cartel investigations. It advised Kansai Paint on the merger control aspects of its takeover bid for Freeworld Coatings. This ‘diligent’ and ‘experienced’ group features Jean Meijer, who is ‘helpful’, ‘technically excellent’ and gives ‘multidimensional advice’; the ‘excellent’ and ‘pragmatic’ Derek Lotter; the experienced Robert Legh; and cartel expert Tamara Dini.
ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) has an outstanding enforcement and merger control practice. It advised Massmart on clearance aspects of its combination with Wal-Mart, and has been involved in major cartel investigations. Lee Mendelsohn heads this ‘very strong team’. ‘Top-class professionals’ Justin Balkin, Jocelyn Katz and Mark Garden show ‘seasoned judgement’ and ‘great instinct’.
Webber Wentzel’s sizeable and experienced team has been involved in major cartel proceedings and also advised Wal-Mart on the merger control aspects of its tie-up with Massmart. Lesley Morphet and the ‘commercially astute’ Robert Wilson are excellent for merger filings. Martin Versfeld is ‘very knowledgeable’ and Desmond Rudman has ‘a very analytical mind and gets deeply entrenched in the business’, thanks to his background in economics. Daryl Dingley is also recommended.
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has a strong focus on cartel, collusion, and merger control matters, and is particularly well known for its litigation expertise. The firm is representing Pioneer Foods in a high-profile class action. Nick Altini ‘always goes the extra mile’. Chris Charter and regular counsel to South African Airways Andries le Grange are also recommended.
The ‘excellent’ Norton Rose South Africa (Incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is ‘outstanding’, ‘professional’, ‘commercial’, and ‘insightful’. Department head Heather Irvine ‘knows how to advise commercial and government clients’. The firm represented three government departments during the appeal brought by trade unions against the merger of Wal-Mart and Massmart. The team has also had considerable success in cartel investigations, with Rosalind Lake and Marianne Wagener having fine reputations in this area.
Competition law boutique Nortons Inc remains a key player thanks to the presence of ‘very experienced competition lawyer’ Anthony Norton and Anton Roets. The firm represents a number of major companies, particularly in the mining and aviation sectors.
Werksmans Attorneys continues to develop its competition law credentials under the leadership of ‘safe pair of hands’ Paul Coetser. The team worked on a series of merger approvals and also represented Telkom in an abuse of dominance prosecution by the Competition Commission.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s Stephen Langbridge is ‘a good practitioner’ for merger approval and litigation matters, particularly in mining and natural resources.