Director, Head of Competition practice

More about: Paul Coetser
Paul Coetser specialises in:
  • Being a Competition lawyer providing an exceptional range of legal services for the Competition law practice area
Paul Coetser advises on:
  • 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 Coetser has advised in a number of industries and sectors including Information Technology, Media and Financial Services.
Paul Coetser career:
  • B Iuris LLB LLM (Unisa)
  • LLM (Virginia)
  • H Dip Tax Law
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of the Competition & Anti-Trust 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 - 2018) 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); and
    • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by The Legal 500 (2011 - 2018).