Nkonzo has considerable experience in competition law spanning over 21 years. Having been involved in the development and evolution of competition law in South Africa and other parts of the continent, he is particularly qualified to advise clients on competition law issues on the continent.


Nkonzo focuses on general competition work. He represents parties in merger proceedings, complaint proceedings, intervention applications, leniency applications and cross-border proceedings.


He also advises on competition law compliance and audits.


Previously, he served as a director in the Competition Board under the Department of Trade and Industry and later became the founding head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division of the Competition Commission. He also served in a Deputy Commissioner capacity for two years. He also served as Chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission for 3½ years.


Nkonzo has handled a number of regional competition matters before various competition authorities including COMESA, CAK of Kenya, FCC of Tanzania, the CCPC of Zambia, the NCC of Namibia and others.


He was a lecturer in law for several years, teaching company law, constitutional law and the law of property. He has published academic articles and co-authored a book on human rights.


Competition/anti-trust & Africa Practice


1986 BA - University of Swaziland

1988 LLB - University of Swaziland

1992 LLM - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

2001 Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa - Harvard Business School

2001 Certificate in Mergers and Acquisitions - New York Institute of Finance

1999 Inaugural Competition Law Course at the Competition Commission


2017–2019 Recommended in Legal 500 Competition

2019 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Competition Law

2020–2021 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Competition / Anti-Trust Law

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2006 Attorney








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Nkonzo Hlatshwayo

Director & Head of Competition and Africa Practice



+27 11 286 6922

+27 11 286 6900

Practice area:

Competition/anti-trust, Africa