Apr 5,2023 / News / Firms News

Note from David Hertz, Chairman


On the 3rd April 2023, Werksmans proudly welcomed two new directors, Nkonzo Hlatshwayo and Phuti Mashalane to the Firm who joined our Competition practice.

Nkonzo has considerable experience in competition law spanning almost 25 years and focuses on general competition work. With deep regulatory experience, having worked at senior levels of the South African Competition Commission, combined with equally deep experience in large competition law practices for almost 20 years, Nkonzo is eminently qualified to and advises parties in merger proceedings, complaint proceedings, intervention applications, leniency applications, as well as cross-border merger transactions and investigations.

He has appeared before a number of African jurisdictions including regional competition authorities such as the COMESA Competition Commission. Nkonzo also advises on competition law compliance and audits, providing strategic insights to clients on how to embrace risk without crossing the line. More recently, he has assisted large South African and international firms to deal with complex abuse of dominance complaints.

Phuti focuses on all aspects of competition law, including merger notifications and proceedings, leniency applications, exemption applications, managing dawn raids, and competition compliance programmes. His experience includes merger filings, including multi-jurisdictional mergers in Africa, as well as cartel and prohibited practice investigations in South Africa and Africa,

The Werksmans’ family are proud to welcome our new team members who significantly enhance our offering in this key legal area of commercial practice