Stiff Competition in Africa as Hogan Lovells Hires Leading Partner Duo in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 24 February 2016 - Hogan Lovells has recruited partners Lesley Morphet and Nkonzo Hlatshwayo to join its competition team in Johannesburg. They join from Webber Wentzel on 1 March.

Lesley will join as Head of the Competition team in Johannesburg. She has been in practice for more than 25 years, advising on competition issues including merger notifications, prohibited practices, leniency applications, exemption applications, and compliance across Africa since the inception of the current competition legislation in South Africa in 1999. Among the high profile clients she has advised are JP Morgan, Siemens and Suzuki.

Partner Nkonzo Hlatshwayo who joins Lesley has been involved in competition work since 1998. He focuses on general competition work including transactional/M&A work in South Africa and across a number of African jurisdictions including COMESA, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Nkonzo has previously served at both the South African Competition Commission and Swaziland Competition Commission, and has strong relationships and networks with competition regulators across Africa.

Commenting on the hires Suyong Kim, Global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice, said:
"Our global competition practice is market leading and with the hire of Lesley and Nkonzo, two key players in the African market, will go from strength to strength. Lesley is highly regarded throughout the continent and has extensive experience on the ground in Africa; and Nkonzo's relationship with local regulators is unrivalled."

Lesley commented:
"Hogan Lovells has a fantastic reputation for its success in high profile, complex competition matters and a great client roster globally. I am excited to have the opportunity to grow the Competition practice in Africa, a key market with so much potential."

Nkonzo added:
"I am really looking forward to working with Lesley and the global team at Hogan Lovells to build the Competition team on the ground here, and also to working with colleagues and clients across the global on major cross-jurisdictional matters."

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