Nkonzo Hlatshwayo

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8165

Fax: +27 11 535 8559

Email: nhlatshwayo@werksmans.com


Nkonzo Hlatshwayo is a Director in the Competition practice area with experience in competition law spanning over 25 years. Having been involved in the development and evolution of competition law in South Africa and other parts of the continent, he is particularly qualified to advise clients on competition law issues on the continent.

Nkonzo focuses on general competition work. He represents parties in merger proceedings, complaint proceedings, intervention applications, leniency applications, as well as cross-border merger transactions and investigations.

He also advises on competition law compliance and audits, providing strategic insights to clients on how to embrace risk without crossing the line.

Previously, he served as a director of the erstwhile Competition Board and later became the founding head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division of the Competition Commission. He also managed and oversaw both the Enforcement and Exemptions and Legal Services Divisions of the Competition Commission for a short period. In addition, he served in a Deputy Commissioner capacity for two years.

Nkonzo was also appointed Chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission in 2012, where he served for 3½ years.

Nkonzo has handled a number of regional competition matters and appeared before various competition authorities in the region including COMESA, CAK of Kenya, FCC of Tanzania, the CCPC of Zambia, the NCC of Namibia, the Eswatini Competition Commission and others.

He was a lecturer in law for several years, teaching company law, constitutional law, the law of property and commercial law for non-law students. He has published academic articles and co-authored a book on human rights.



  • Competition
  • Competiton Law
  • Mergers & Acquisions
  • Merger proceedings
  • Complaint proceedings
  • Intervention applications
  • Leniency applications
  • Cross-border merger transactions and investigations
  • Competition law compliance and audits
  • Providing strategic insights to clients on how to embrace risk without crossing the line.
  • Assisted large South African and international firms to deal with complex abuse of dominance complaints.
  • 2001 Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa - Harvard Business School
  • 2001 Certificate in Mergers and Acquisitions - New York Institute of Finance
  • 1999 Inaugural Competition Law Course at the Competition Commission
  • 1992 LLM - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada
  • 1988 LLB - University of Swaziland
  • 1986 BA - University of Swaziland
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Competition | 2017 - 2019
  • Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Competition / Anti-Trust Law | 2019 - 2023