Anthony Norton

Anthony NortonOffice Number: +27 11 666 7561
Mobile Phone Number: +27 (0) 82 452 7336

Qualifications:

  • BA LLB, cum laude at the University of Witwatersrand
  • MLit (Oxon)
  • Rhodes Scholar

Experience:

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.

Recent Transactions:

Recent merger notifications include representing:

  • 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;
  • 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 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;
  • Southern Sun Hotels (Pty) Ltd in relation to its acquisition of a majority shareholding in REIT-listed Hospitality Property Fund Limited.

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 the Constitutional Court declined to hear the Commission’s application for leave to appeal.

Anthony Norton currently represents Netcare Limited in relation to the Commission’s Anthony Norton market inquiry into private healthcare, as well as Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd in relation to the Commission’s retail grocery market inquiry.

Recent Cases:

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; and
  • The initial creation and subsequent restructuring of joint venture arrangements between Diageo plc, Heineken International B.V. and Namibian Breweries Limited in South Africa.

White collar crime and litigation:

  • 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.

Accolades:

  • Anthony has been recognised as a leader in the field of Competition and Antitrust (Band 1) by Chambers Global;
  • Legal 500 recognised Anthony as a leading individual in competition law (2015).
  • Anthony Norton has been listed as one of the “Best Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyers in South Africa” by Best Lawyers® International;
  • Global Counsel’s Handbook previously nominated Anthony as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” competition lawyers worldwide; and Anthony has been recognised as one of the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economist for Euromoney’s Guide – Best of the Best 2016.
  • In addition, Nortons has been awarded numerous accolades in relation to its white-
    collar crime practice, including the following:

    • White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year for South Africa (2014) awarded by Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards;
    • South Africa – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year (2015 and 2016) awarded by Global 100;
    • South Africa – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year (2016 and 2017) awarded by M&A Today Global Awards;
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards: Competition Lawyers-law firm of the year;
    • Intercontinental Finance & Law: Top 250 leading firm 2017;
    • Global Law Experts: White Collar Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year in South Africa 2017;
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine: Superior Lawyers 2017;
    • Corporate USA Today Annual Awards 2017: South Africa White Collar Crime Firm of the year;
    • Legal Comprehensive: Trusted Firm for 2017;
    • Global 100: Law Firm of the Year Competition and Litigation South Africa;
    • Lawyer International Legal 100 2017: Law Firm of the Year – Competition and Litigation – South Africa
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine: Law Firm of the Year 2017;
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine: Global Leading Lawyers 2017;
    • Finance Monthly – Global Awards 2017 – Winner Notification 2017;
    • Global 100: Law Firm of the Year – Asset Recovery – South Africa 2017;
    • Global 100: South Africa – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year 2017;
    • Corporate USA Today – Annual Awards – 2017: Competition and Litigation – South Africa
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Superior Lawyers 2017
    • Corporate USA Today – Annual Awards – 2017 edition: M&A and Competition – South Africa
    • IFLR1000 2018: Leading lawyer- highly regarded for South Africa
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine 2017 Golden Globe Awards: Asset Recovery: Lawyers-law firm of the year
    • LegalComprehensive.Com Goldn Global Awards 2017: Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Lawyer Monthly: Competition & Antitrust – Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Best Lawyers in South Africa: Competition / Antitrust Law and Regulatory Practice
    • LegalComprehensive.com: 2018 Top 100 Lawyer
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Annual Awards 2017: Competition Law Leading Lawyer – South Africa
    • InterContinental Finance & Law: Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards Trophy: Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year – South Africa
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Annual Advisers 2017: South African Competition Law Firm of the Year
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Annual Advisers 2017: Competition Law Firm Of The Year
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine – Continent Awards 2018: Competition Law Firm of the Year – South
    • Africa Lawyer International – Legal 100 – 2018: Law Firm of the Year – M&A and Competition – South Africa
    • Lawyers World: Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • 2018 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: White Collar Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year in South Africa – 2018
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine – Continent Awards 2018
    • 2018 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: White Collar Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year in South Africa – 2018
    • Lawyers World Country: Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • 2018 Lawyers World Country Awards: Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Deal Makers Country Awards 2018: Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Lawyer International – Legal 100 – 2018: M&A and Competition – South Africa
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine – Excellence Awards 2018
    • DealMaker Accolade 2018: Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine – Innovative Lawyers 2018
    • Finance Monthly Law Awards 2018 (Fraud and Asset Tracing – Law Firm of the Year – South Africa)
    • Legal Comprehensive: Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • Euromoney’s Best of the Best (Global) Expert Guide: Best of the Best 2018
    • Expert Guides – Best of the Best 2018 – Market Endorsement
    • InterContinental Finance & Law Magazine 2018 Country Awards – Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa
    • 2018 Lawyers World Global – Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa awards
    • Lawyer International – Global Awards – 2018 – South Africa – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year
    • GLE 2018 Annual Awards – White Collar Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year in South Africa – 2018
    • Corporate USA Today – Law Awards – 2018 – Law Firm of the Year – M&A and Competition – South Africa
    • InterContinental Finance & Law: Competition Law Firm of the Year – South Africa – 2018
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine – Global Leading Lawyer 2018
    • 2018 Global Law Experts Annual Awards – White Collar Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year in South Africa – 2018
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine – Superior Lawyers 2018
    • Lawyer International – Global Awards – 2018 – M&A and Competition – South Africa
    • Featured in the 17th edition of the GCR 100.