Anthony is the founder and Managing Director of Nortons Inc, a boutique regulatory law firm.
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.
Recent mergers includes: Netcare’s acquisition of the Akeso Group; Caxton’s acquisition of Private Property; Advising Tsogo and HCI in relation to their recent restructuring of their corporate assets advice; Western Digital in respect of its global acquisition of SanDisk Corporation; JSE-listed Mpact Limited in respect of its acquisition of Remade Holdings; Diageo plc, Heineken International B.V. and Namibian Breweries Limited in respect of the initial creation and subsequent restructuring of the previous joint venture arrangements in South Africa; Acciona S.A. in respect of its global acquisition of Nordex SE; Investec in relation to its increased shareholding in Ferro South Africa and Southern Sun Hotels (Pty) Ltd in relation to its acquisition of a majority shareholding in REIT-listed Hospitality Property Fund Limited; recent Cases in Competition/antitrust: Anglo American’s disposal of its interests in the Scaw Metals Group; Anglo American’s acquisition of Kumba Iron Ore Limited; Anglo American’s disposal of its interests in Highveld Steel & Vanadium Corporation Limited; The acquisition of Gold Reef Resorts Limited by Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited; Netcare’s acquisition of the Community Healthcare Group; Netcare’s acquisition of Medicross; Netcare’s acquisition of Primecure; Netcare’s opposition to the attempt by Medi-Clinic to acquire a minority stake in Afrox Healthcare.
Market Inquiries: Anthony Norton currently represents Netcare Limited (South Africa’s largest private hospital group) in relation to the Commission’s market inquiry into private healthcare, as well as Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd (one of South Africa’s largest retailers) in relation to the Commission’s retail grocery market inquiry.
Anthony advised Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries Limited, in relation to the most important excessive pricing case before the South African Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court in relation to two excessive pricing complaints which the Competition Commission had referred to the Competition Tribunal in respect of Sasol Polymers’ domestic pricing of propylene and polypropylene. The Competition Appeal Court found in favour of Sasol Polymers and dismissal the Commission’s case.
White collar crime and litigation
Recent matters include: advising a subsidiary of one of South Africa’s largest banks in an application for the review and setting aside of a tender for the payment of social grants valued at ZAR10 billion; Representing Kumba Limited in relation to a mining rights dispute in respect of its Sishen mine; and representing a large listed UK company in investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in a South African subsidiary company and obtaining an Anton Pillar order for the search and seizure of certain documentation as well as a Mareva order to freeze the bank accounts of the individuals under investigation.
Significant Litigation Transactions
Netcare’s acquisition of the Akeso Group.
Caxton’s acquisition of Private Property.
Advising Tsogo and HCI in relation to their recent restructure.
Western Digital in respect of its global acquisition of SanDisk Corporation.
Award for best regulatory lawyer in South Africa
Competition Law Lawyer of the Year in South Africa in the upcoming Leaders in Law
2020 Global Awards Best lawyers: Lawyer of the Year 2020 Included in top 40 competition lawyers under 40 worldwide
Chambers and partners – band one – competition lawyers – South Africa
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