Pieter Steyn

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8296

Fax: +27 11 535 8696

Email: psteyn@werksmans.com


Director Pieter Steyn is the head of the B-BBEE practice at Werksmans. He also provides expert advice in the Competition; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Services Regulation practice areas. He specialises in various areas of commercial and corporate law such as relates to companies; cross-border transactions; mergers & acquisitions; management buy-outs; restructuring of corporate entities; black economic empowerment transactions; and due diligence investigations. Pieter is also deeply experienced in matters of supply and procurement; distribution and manufacturing agreements; African trade and projects; competition law; trust and antitrust law; and gaming law (including lotteries).

  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Competition
  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Commercial and corporate law
    • companies and close corporations
    • cross-border transactions
    • mergers, acquisitions and management buy-outs
    • restructuring of corporate entities
    • Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions
    • due diligence investigations
    • procurement, supply, distribution and manufacturing agreements
  • African trade and projects
    • cross border joint ventures and other transactions
    • establishing businesses in African countries
  • Competition/antitrust law
    • merger control in South Africa and COMESA
    • cartel investigations and other prohibited practices
  • Trust law
  • Gaming law, including lotteries


  • BSc (LAB MED) 
  • LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • LLM (Competition, patent and trade law) (University of South Africa)
  • 1996: Director, Werksmans
  • 2001 - Present: Chairperson of Lex Africa (network of leading law firms in 25 African countries)
  • Former Chairperson of the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) Legal Sector 


  • Speaks English, German, French and Afrikaans
  • Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Antitrust Committee 
  • Member of the Committee on Competition Law of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Provided pro bono advice to the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa, Campaigning for Cancer and education charity Eureka
  • IBA Antitrust Committee newsletter rapporteur for South Africa from 2001 to 2010
  • IBA Antitrust Committee Secretary and Membership Officer from 2010 – 2011, vice chair and senior vice chair from 2012 to 2015
  • IBA Antitrust Committee Vice Chair from 2012 to 2013
  • Pieter is an M&A corporate lawyer whose LLM also covered competition law.  When the new Competition Act came into force in 1999, he began to actively practice competition law in addition to his corporate practice. He finds his competition law expertise very useful in advising corporate clients on M&A and other commercial transactions like distribution, agency and joint venture agreements.  
  • He has written several articles, been interviewed on radio and television and spoken and chaired panels at local and international conferences and seminars on:
    • South African corporate and competition law
    • corporate governance
    • joint ventures, investment, M&A and doing business in Africa
  • Named as a leading lawyer in
    • International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2015)
    • Competition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (2011 and 2012)
    • Competition by the International Who's Who Legal (2007-2015 and 2018)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by The Legal500 (2011, 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2019)