Paul Coetser

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Director, Head of Competition practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8290

Fax: +27 11 535 8290



Director Paul Coetser is the Head of Competition practice area, also advising in the Business Crimes & Investigations; Competition; and Media & Communications practice areas. He advises on appearances before Competition Commission; the Competition Tribunal; the Competition Appeal Court; and ICASA. Paul also provides expert advice on obtaining approval for mergers and takeovers from the competition authorities; and laying and defending of complaints of alleged anti-competitive conduct (e.g. cartels, abuse of dominant position and price discrimination). His expertise includes advising on applications for leniency and for exemption from the Competition Act.

  • Business Crimes & Investigations
  • Competition
  • Media, Communications & Technology
  • Being a Competition lawyer providing an exceptional range of legal services for the Competition law practice area


  • Appearances before Competition Commission, Competition Tribunal, Competition Appeal Court and ICASA
  • Obtaining of approval for mergers and takeovers from the competition authorities
  • Laying and defending of complaints of alleged anti-competitive conduct e.g. cartels, abuse of dominant position and price discrimination
  • Applications for leniency and for exemption from the Competition Act
  • Conducting compliance audits and developing compliance programs
  • Responding to summonses from the Competition authorities and search and seizure operations (dawn raids)
  • Defending individuals against allegations of participation in cartels

Paul has advised in a number of industries and sectors including Information Technology, Media and Financial Services


  • B Juris LLB LLM (University of South Africa)
  • LLM (Virginia University)
  • H Dip Tax Law
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of the Competition Law Practice Area


  • Founding chairperson of the Competition Law Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Chairman of the Standing Committee on Competition Law of the Law Society of South Africa
  • Africa Regional liaison of the International Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee (2009 - 2010)
  • Convenor, speaker and participant at local and international conferences and seminars on competition law
  • Appeared before Parliament’s Committee on Trade and Industry, proposing amendments to the Competition Act (2002 and 2008)
  • Co-rapporteur on the South African Chapter of the American Bar Association publication “Competition Laws outside the United States”
  • Co-author of the South African chapter of “Merger Control Worldwide” (Cambridge Press)
  • Participated in several Focus Groups Workshops assisting the Competition Commission in developing new legislation, rules and regulations
  • Published several articles on application of competition law in local and foreign journals
  • One of South Africa’s delegates to International Competition lawyer Network annual conferences (2006 - 2008)
  • Comments regularly on Competition Law developments in the media
  • Named as a leading lawyer in:
    • Competition/Antitrust (2007 - 2020 and Corporate/M&A (2009) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business;
    • Competition/Antitrust by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (2011 – 2019);
    • Competition by The International Who’s Who Legal (2007 - 2013);
    • Legal Media Group’s Guide to The World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers (2008); 
    • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by The Legal500 (2011 - 2018 and 2020); 
    • Named as "leading lawyer" in Competition by The Legal500 in 2019 and 2020.