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Bowmans is β€˜making strides across the continent’, and Tamara Dini is commended for building the Africa-wide practice. The team, led by the outstanding Derek Lotter, has β€˜a sound and professional working relationship with the competition authorities’ and is β€˜more business enabling than other firms, willing to go the extra mile’, according to one client. It represented Afrox during a dawn raid by the Competition Commission relating to allegations of price-fixing in the LPG market. Jean Meijer, Robert Legh and contentious expert Rudolph Labuschagne are recommended.

ENSafrica provides β€˜a top-notch’ service, β€˜quick turnaround times’ and is β€˜competent in business and economic matters’. Jocelyn Katz heads the department following Lee Mendelsohn’s appointment as chief operating officer. The firm is at the forefront of major mergers, complaints and inquiries, and has developed its pan-African practice. It has also dealt with several competition matters linked to business rescue situations. Senior economist Lizel Blignaut, Justin Balkin, Mark Garden, the β€˜commercial’ Derushka Chetty, who provides β€˜sage advice’, and Natalia Lopes are recommended.

Webber Wentzel is the β€˜leading M&A competition team in the country’, according to one client, with the sizeable practice noted for its β€˜excellent industry knowledge and response times’. The firm has a growing presence across Africa, often working alongside alliance partner Linklaters; it was a key adviser to Anheuser-Busch InBev in its headline acquisition of SABMiller, which required merger control filings in ten African jurisdictions. The β€˜pragmatic’ Desmond Rudman has β€˜in-depth knowledge’; Daryl Dingley β€˜knows everyone in the Competition Commission and has detailed knowledge of how it operates’; Martin Versfeld is β€˜very professional’ with β€˜an in-depth knowledge of the various industries and business environment’; and Robert Wilson is also recommended. Lesley Morphet joined Hogan Lovells (South Africa), while Janine Simpson left for DLA Piper.

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg augmented its β€˜outstanding’ team with the hire of the β€˜extremely knowledgeable and commercial’ Nick Altini from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. The team is now equally adept in mergers – where the β€˜very practical and commercial’ Vani Chetty is recommended – as well as anti-competitive practices and litigation. Highlights included advising FedEx on its merger with TNT, and assisting Group Five with allegations of anti-competitive practices in the construction industry.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has advised on many significant mergers, and acted in a range of investigations and complaints. It assisted The Coca-Cola Company with the landmark creation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, involving the merger of multiple businesses, and has advised parties in most of the largest cartel cases. Chris Charter, Andries le Grange, who provides an β€˜excellent service’, and Natalie von Ey are recommended. Nick Altini joined Baker McKenzie Johannesburg.

The β€˜brilliant’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has β€˜a good understanding of client requirements’. The firm is noted for complex mergers, pan-African work and cartel matters. It advised Distell on its submissions to the Competition Tribunal concerning the merger between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Marianne Wagener, Mark Griffiths and Rosalind Lake are highly regarded. Heather Irvine joined Falcon and Hume Inc.

Nortons Inc is frequently engaged in complaint work and has a tremendous standing in contentious matters. The team has β€˜an ability to really focus on the matter’ and senior members can be β€˜aggressive litigators’ when necessary. It represented WBHO Construction in the Competition Commission investigation into alleged collusion in the construction industry. Anthony Norton is β€˜very present in the market’.

Werksmans Attorneys delivers an β€˜excellent’ service with β€˜in-depth experience and insight’. It has an impressive record across mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance. The firm advised both the Minister of Finance and Distell Group in intervening in the South African merger filing of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller. Paul Coetser is β€˜highly rated’ and Ahmore Burger-Smidt has β€˜good business acumen’ as well as β€˜good relationships with the authorities’. Paul Cleland, Pieter Steyn and Petra Krusche are recommended.

Fasken Martineau is praised for its β€˜outstanding work’, β€˜quick response times’, β€˜high-quality and practical advice’ and β€˜value for money’. It is equally strong in merger control and prohibited practices. It represented South African Petroleum Industry Association in the first-ever dawn raid without a warrant in South Africa. The β€˜committed’ Stephen Langbridge is β€˜very practical’ and β€˜technically astute’.

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) hired Lesley Morphet from Webber Wentzel and is building on its outstanding international standing in competition law. The firm has an β€˜incomparable’ understanding of competition authority processes in a number of African jurisdictions. It advised CFlex on its acquisition of a 90% stake in Afripack Group, which required merger notifications in South Africa and Kenya.

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