Company Profile

Nortons Inc. specialises in competition law, white collar crime regulation, commercial litigation, consumer protection and general regulatory advice. Established in 2009 (by four partners who left the South African law firm Webber Wentzel to set up their own practice: Anthony Norton, Anton Roets, John Oxenham and Paul Russell), Nortons Inc. has grown to 20 practitioners (December 2013), including two additional partners: Warwick Radford and Michelle Rawlinson.

Our clients
The firm represents a number of high-profile, multinational corporations with Anglo American, Apple, Aspen Pharmaceuticals, Caxton, Scaw Metals, Absa Bank, De Beers, Pick ‘n Pay, Kumba Iron Ore, Netcare, Puma Energy, Tsogo Sun, Imperial, Google, Merck & Co, Times Media Limited, PepsiCo, Sasol, American Airlines, BP and Warner Bros. Entertainment being just some of the household names on the firm’s list of clients.

A brief overview of our accolades
Norton, Oxenham and Roets have once again all been nominated to the Who’s Who Legal 2013, Global Competition Review , andChambers Global, 2012 edition, lists the same three as leaders in the field of Competition/Antitrust. Nortons Inc. has also been chosen as the winner of the White Collar Crime Law, Firm of the Year in South Africa, for the 2013 Global Law Experts, Practice Area Awards.

During 2012, Nortons Inc. was selected as the sole South African member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Fraudnet organisation, the leading global independent network of lawyers specialising in fraud, white collar crime and asset recovery.

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A brief overview of our recent matters:
2012 was a significant year for Nortons Inc., having been involved in a number of high-profile and precedent-setting matters across a range of disciplines.

These included: a seminal case in relation to class action law suits in respect of competition law causes of action; a case relating to the constitutionality of the Competition Commission’s corporate leniency policy; the review of the second-largest tender awarded by the government (after the arms deal); and a number of multi-jurisdictional merger cases, including Anglo American’s acquisition of the Oppenheimer family’s interests in De Beers. Our merger notifications included filings in many of the Sub-Saharan African jurisdictions, where the firm has built up significant expertise. In this regard, the firm has recently formed a joint venture with a Mauritian firm to enable us to broaden our service offering beyond jurisdictions. Furthermore, the firm anticipates that the COMESA Competition Commission will have a significant effect on mergers, which affects the Sub-Saharan African region.

From a public interest perspective, the firm participated in some of the leading public interest cases in South Africa, including the challenge to the refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa. The team advised Freeworld Coatings on its bid for Kansai Paint. South Africa’s Competition Commission cleared the deal subject to certain divestments and compliance with certain public interest conditions. Nortons Inc. was counsel to third parties Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers, during a review of the commission’s decision to approve the merger of Paarl Media and a division of Primedia. The Competition Tribunal ordered the decision to be set aside and sent the case back to the commission for review by a new team.

The firm is currently acting for Sasol Polymers in relation to two excessive-pricing complaints. The matter is expected to become the leading case on excessive pricing in South Africa.

Nortons Inc. successfully represented the leniency applicant in the Competition Commission’s investigation into the bread sector, in what as been the most extensive and significant cartel investigation carried out by the Competition Authorities to date. The matter, which was heard by the Competition Tribunal in June 2009, was the first occasion that the Competition Tribunal has considered an actual cartel. The matter has set legal precedent in relation to the manner in which the Tribunal will impose administrative sanctions for the cartel activities.

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Our mission

  • To forge lasting personal relationships with our clients
  • To provide innovative, strategic and quality legal expertise
  • To provide a cost effective service which is perceived to be value for money
  • To be honest, dedicated and committed to our client’s cause

Our People

Anthony Norton

Anthony Norton

Anthony Norton

Director

anthony@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7561

Anthony Norton is the Founder and Director of Nortons Inc. He advises on a range of regulatory issue including Competition Law, Healthcare regulation, consumer protection, energy regulation, white collar crime and general regulatory litigation.

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John Oxenham

John Oxenham

John Oxenham

Director

john@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7566

John practices broadly in the regulatory field and principally in competition law including industry restructuring initiatives, joint ventures, cartel investigations, leniency applications, merger control, merger intervention, general competition litigation and commercial litigation.

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Paul Russel

Paul Russel

Paul Russel

Director

paul@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7565

Paul Russell is a Founding Director of Nortons Inc. His principal areas of practice are South African and African competition law (in particular, merger control, joint ventures, cartel investigations, prohibited practices, advice in relation to horizontal and vertical practices and abuse of a dominant position).

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Anton Roets

Anton Roets

Anton Roets

Director

anton@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7563

All aspects of competition law in South Africa and Southern Africa (including Namibia, Botswana and Zambia) including merger notifications, abuses of dominance and related advice, competition and other regulatory litigation, pharmaceutical and petroleum regulatory advice and litigation.

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Warwick Radford

Warwick Radford

Warwick Radford

Director

warwick@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7571

Warwick joined Nortons Inc. as a director in January 2010. He practises all aspects of competition law, including cartel and abuse-of-dominance investigations and merger control, general corporate and commercial law.

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Michelle Rawlinson

Michelle Rawlinson

Michelle Rawlinson

Consultant

michelle@nortonsinc.com
+27 11 666 7559

Michelle advises clients on various aspects of Public Regulatory Law, particularly in respect of the Consumer Protection Act, environmental law matters and employment law issues.

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