Director, Werksmans Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd

More about: Ahmore Burger-Smidt
Ahmore Burger Smidt advises on:
  • 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
  • Regulatory expertise in compliance with numerous pieces of legislation, including the Electronic Communications Act, the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the Consumer Protection Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act and Competition Act
  • Advises on commercial matters, including agreements and due diligence assistance
  • Various areas of regulatory compliance including defending of complaints, applications for leniency and exemptions
  • Regulatory compliance audits and developing compliance programs
  • Regulatory compliance training including responsibility for Werksmans Competition Law Online Training
  • Appearances before regulatory authorities, amongst others the Competition Commission, Competition Tribunal, Competition Appeal Court and ICASA
  • Obtaining approval for mergers and takeovers from the competition authorities and other regulatory authorities
  • Conducting regulatory compliance risk assessments including responsibility for the Werksmans Online Risk Assessment Tool
  • All aspects in relation to contraventions of the Competition Act and other regulatory interventions including litigation
  • Co‑leader: Werksmans Dawn Raid Team
Ahmore Burger Smidt career:
  • BCom (University of North West)
  • LLB (University of North West)
  • MBL (UNISA) Received Old Mutual medal
  • 2011: Director, Werksmans Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd
  • 2017: Member of the International Association of Data Privacy Professionals
Ahmore Burger Smidt highlights:
  • Head Enforcement and Exemptions Division of the South African Competition Commission
  • Deputy Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission
  • Extensively involved in the formulation of the Rules of the Competition Commission and the Rules of the Competition Tribunal and the establishment of the Competition Commission
  • Took part in the review and subsequent amendments to the Competition Legislation during February 2000
  • Convenor, speaker and participant at local and international conferences and seminars on competition law
  • Published several articles on application of competition law in local and foreign journals
  • Published several articles on 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 African jurisdictions inter alia Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana and Tanzania in relation to various regulatory matters
  • 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 2018)
  • Co-author: Commentary on the Protection of Personal Information Act, LexisNexis, 2018
  • 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