Competition and anti-trust is a rapidly evolving area of law and economics. In South Africa, the competition authorities are increasingly aggressive in their investigation of mergers and prosecution of cartel conduct, abuse of dominance and launching of market inquiries. Substantial fines and damages claims are now a real possibility, and criminal penalties for individuals involved in cartel conduct are looming.

We assist clients with merger notifications in South Africa and across Africa


More and more African countries and regional bodies are introducing competition laws, with the result that businesses operating across Africa need to be familiar and compliant with the applicable competition legislation.


We defend clients who lodge complaints in relation to cartel conduct, abuses of dominance and other restrictive practices and we will apply for leniency, seek an exemption, or handle a dawn raid if the need arises.


We cover a wide range of sectors including energy, defence, financial services and insurance, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment technology, and transportation.


“Continues to grow its presence and market share, advising a number of multinational corporations on the competition elements of high-profile cross-border M&A transactions across Africa. Its client roster features impressive names from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and chemicals industries and in the TMT and mining sectors. Regularly represents its clients before the Competition Commission Tribunal. Sources highlight the team for its ‘very strong technical skills and knowledge’.”


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"Lawtons Africa has cemented its presence in South Africa, taking on a series of high-quality engagements, including advising Bayer on its acquisition of Monsanto, which involved merger notifications in several African jurisdictions. Nkonzo Hlatshwayo has broad experience having had senior positions at several regulatory authorities."


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Key contact

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Nkonzo Hlatshwayo

Director & Head of Competition and Africa Practice



+27 11 286 6900

Practice area:

Competition/anti-trust, Africa