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Prior to co-founding Nortons Inc., Anthony was formerly the Head of the Competition Law Department at Webber Wentzel. His principal areas of practice are South African and African competition law and competition litigation, as well as white-collar crime, general litigation and regulatory advice. He was the first South African Competition Law practitioner to appear before the South African Competition Appeal Court. Anthony has experience in merger notifications, merger interventions and applications for advisory opinions in relation to mergers and acquisitions. Anthony has also provided advice to clients in respect of prohibited practices, corporate leniency applications, horizontal and vertical restrictive practices, abuses of dominant position and applications for exemption and interim relief as well as in relation to the new criminal provisions under the South African Competition Act. Anthony’s expertise in competition law is highly regarded, and he has been involved in advising clients in a number of seminal competition law matters. He also advises clients in relation to general regulatory matters and matters involving white collar crime and corruption.
John has practiced in the regulatory, commercial litigation and antitrust fields locally and across the African region for over 20 years. He has been recognized as a leader in his field for many of these. Recently, John represented Business at the OECD as the first regional representative. John has acted in many of the leading antitrust, commercial litigation and regulatory matters in South Africa and the region. He has been a partner in a major South African firm, co-founder of a South African practice and the founder of a Pan-African legal group
Paul is a Founding Director of Nortons Inc. He advises on a range of regulatory issues, including South African and African competition law (in particular, merger control, joint ventures, dawn raids and cartel investigations, prohibited practices, corporate leniency applications, horizontal and vertical restrictive practices, abuse of dominance and applications for exemptions and interim relief, as well as the new criminal provisions under the South African Competition Act), healthcare and telecommunications regulation, consumer protection and commercial and general litigation.
Having spent four years as Senior Legal Counsel at De Beers, Paul’s areas of expertise also include all regulatory issues relating to the diamond industry, in particular, the Diamonds Act, 1986, as amended, and Regulations, the Diamond Export Levy Act, 2007 and the Diamond Export Levy (Administration) Act, 2007.
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.
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.
Nicola’s practice focus is on South African and African competition law and regulation and her experience extends to various sectors, including the hospitality, automotive, retail, construction, consumer goods, media and energy sectors. Her principal area of practice is competition law, including prohibited practices, corporate leniency applications, dawn raids, market inquiries, merger control, merger interventions, compliance training, competition audits, legal research and general competition/antitrust litigation before the South African Competition Authorities, as well as other African competition authorities (such as Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
Nicola has also been involved in commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Nicci Van Der Walt
Nicci is a Senior Associate at Nortons Inc. Her principal area of practice is in South African competition law. In particular, merger control and notification, advising on the notifiability of mergers, joint ventures, advice in relation to horizontal and vertical practices, as well as abuse of dominance, conducting competition law reviews or audits and reporting on competition law compliance.
Michael-James practices principally in the field of competition and general regulatory law and has experience in a broad range of competition law matters including advising clients on general restrictive practices, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations, search and seizure operations, leniency and exemption applications, market inquiries and merger control.
Michael-James has a particular interest in advising clients in the broader African region as well and has assisted clients on a range of competition law and general commercial matters in Botswana, COMESA, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Michael-James also practices general commercial litigation and arbitration, white collar crime, protection of personal information and consumer protection legislation and regularly advises and conducts compliance training to clients.
Leago graduated with an LLB Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and was admitted as an attorney in March 2018.
Her areas of practice are all aspects of competition law including cartel investigations, leniency applications, merger control and market inquiries and general competition litigation.
General commercial litigation in various sectors including construction, media, property, publishing, environmental and recycling as well as administrative and public interest law litigation.
Charl Van Der Merwe
Attorney practicing broadly in the regulatory field and principally in competition law, consumer protection law and white collar crime.
Since joining Nortons, she has been involved in several high-profile competition law matters, including assisting clients in relation to contested and complex merger proceedings (such as the Senwes / Suidwes merger). Together with the Nortons’ team, she was involved in opposed mergers, inter alia, the Naspers / We Buy Cars merger, which was ultimately prohibited by the Tribunal. In addition to advising in regard to a range of merger related matters, she has also assisted various clients in relation to corporate leniency applications to the Commission, cartel investigations, assisting clients in resisting excessive pricing complaints and other allegations of abuses of dominance.
Michelle joined Nortons Inc on 1 July 2011.
She advises clients on various aspects of public regulatory law and litigation.
After completing her articles at Shepstone & Wylie Tomlinsons Inc in Pietermaritzburg, Michelle joined the employment law department of Webber Wentzel where she spent seven-and-a-half years. During her time there she practiced primarily in the employment law field and headed up the firm’s Corporate Immigration Department for a number of years. Michelle was a partner when she left the firm in 2007.
Avias is currently the in-house economist for Nortons Incorporated. Prior to joining Nortons, Avias received considerable exposure in the field of economics and competition law at the Competition Commission in the Competition Commissions Enforcements and Exemption Division as well as the Competition Commissions Policy and Research Division.