Ahmore Burger-Smidt

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Director, Head of Data Privacy Practice, Werksmans Advisory Services

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8462

Fax: +27 11 535 8762

Email: aburgersmidt@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Ahmore Burger-Smidt is renowned in her field for her deep experience, working as a Director across a number of practice areas – Africa; Business Crimes & Investigations; Competition; Construction & Engineering; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Media & Communications; and Technology. She extensively advises local and international clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance. She regularly undertakes compliance audits and oversees the implementation of compliance programmes including policy formulation and rollout, she is also the principle driver of the Werksmans risk assessment and e Learning tools as well as the co leader of the Werksmans Dawn Raid Team. She has acted as advisor for several major telecommunications clients and has extensive regulatory expertise in compliance with numerous pieces of legislation.

A Director at Werksmans since 2011, she became a member of the International Association of Data Privacy Professionals in 2017. Amongst her numerous publications and editorial contributions, she most recently co-authored a textbook on the Protection of Personal Information Act by LexisNexis. Ahmore is the Head of the Data Privacy practice group.

Years of Experience: 27 years

  • Competition
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Media, Communications & Technology

Ahmore Burger-Smidt is renowned in her field for her deep experience, working as a Director across a number of practice areas - Africa; Business Crimes & Investigations; Competition; Construction & Engineering; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Media & Communications; and Technology.

  • Acted as Kerry Ingredients and Season to Season Flavour Manufacturing lead competition law advisor in all aspects relating to the acquisition by Kerry Ingredients of the entire issued share capital of Season to Season.
  • Acted as Beijer Ref SA's competition law advisor relating to its acquisition of the TecsaReco business operated by Tecsa Proprietary Limited.
  • Acted as SPG's lead competition law advisor in all aspects relating to the acquisition by SPG of Murray & Roberts Limited's Infrastructure and Buildings Platform business in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
  • Advisor to the second largest mobile network operator in South Africa and Africa.
  • Advisor to the largest ISP in South Africa and Africa.
  • Advises on all aspects of the regulation of telecommunications, including fixed, mobile, internet services, e-commerce, OTT services and data privacy.
  • Currently reading towards her LLD (Data Privacy)
  • 2011 - Current: Director, Werksmans Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd
  • 2017: Member of the International Association of Data Privacy Professionals¬†
  • MBL, University of South Africa, 2003
  • Admitted as an Advocate, 1992
  • LLB, North-West University, 1991
  • BCom, North-West University, 1988

 

 

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)
  • Head Enforcement and Exemptions Division of the South African Competition Commission and Deputy Commissioner;
  • Convenor, speaker and participant at local and international conferences and seminars on competition law and data privacy;
  • Worked at the following international Competition Authorities: ACCC (Australia), Office of Fair Trading (UK), Department of Justice (US) and Federal Trade Commission (US);
  • Assisted clients in a number of International jurisdictions inter alia Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania Poland and Morocco in relation to various regulatory matters, as well as the following regional blocks:
    • CEMAC;
    • WAEMU;
    • ECOWAS; and
    • COMESA
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal500 (2012,2016 and 2017);
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition & Antitrust by Chambers Global (2017 and 2019);
  • Advises various South African and international clients on various aspects of data privacy including amongst others:
    • Data Privacy and whistleblowing
    • cross border personal information transfers
    • Compliance with POPIA
    • Compliance with the GDPR
  • Ahmore has extensive experience in criminal law and has appeared before the Magistrates, Regional and High Court in relation to white collar crime prosecutions including fraud and corruption. Prior to joining the Competition Commission, she served as an Advocate with the Office for Serious Economic Offences – Department of Justice.

Authorships

  • Co-author: A Commentary on the Protection of Personal Information Act, LexisNexis, 2018;
  • Published several articles on application of competition law in local and foreign journals;
  • Published several articles on data privacy.