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Lesley Morphet

Partner
Johannesburg

Lesley Morphet

Lesley Morphet heads the Johannesburg antitrust and competition practice. As a leading competition lawyer in South Africa, she advises on all aspects of competition law, including merger notifications, leniency applications, exemption applications, managing dawn raids and compliance. Drawing on her extensive experience in this field, clients can rest assured they are in capable hands when it comes to cartel and other prohibited practice investigations. 

Having been involved in many multi-jurisdictional mergers in Africa, she has considerable knowledge of the competition laws of many African countries.

Her extensive experience spans across a range of sectors, including mining, forestry, manufacturing, power and electricity, media, liquid fuels, aviation, banking and information technology.

Lesley has been recommended in Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Legal 500, and The International Who’s Who for competition law and antitrust.

She has been the South African contributing editor to the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (AJCCL) since 2013.

“Clients praise her ‘careful analytical work and her exceptional diplomatic skill when dealing with regulators’."

Chambers Global 2016

Representative experience

Acting for Italtile in its acquisition of control of Ceramic Industries; obtaining Competition Tribunal clearance pursuant to prohibition by the Competition Commission.

Advising Bayer AG on its acquisition of Monsanto Company, a complex cross-border transaction and attending to merger notifications in several African jurisdictions.

Attended to the South African intermediate merger notification relating to the global acquisition by FIH Mobile Limited of the feature phone business of Microsoft.

Attended to competition issues, including merger filings, for LeapFrog Investment’s acquisition of a majority interest in Kenya-based Africa Chemist and Beauty Care Inc.

Attended to the merger notification of Acino International AG’s acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Litha Healthcare Group Pty Limited.

Obtained merger clearance for the South African leg of a global transaction in terms of which Accor acquired control over FRHI Holdings Limited.

Attended to the merger notification of Assa Abloy's acquisition of Inhep Digital Security through the acquisition of EGH Elementum (Pty) Ltd.

Assisted JCDecaux in obtaining merger clearance in a number of African jurisdictions in relation to its acquisition of Continental Outdoor Media.

Education and admissions

Education

  • BA LLB, University of Cape Town

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Executive Committee Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Competition Law Sub-Committee
  • Provinces Competition Law Sub-Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Attorney

Court admissions

  • South Africa

2008-2018

Recognised

The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Competition/Anti-trust

2010-2017

Competition/Anti-trust

Chambers Global

2010-2018

"Highly regarded"

IFLR1000 : Competition

2013-2015

Competition

The International Who’s Who

2013-2014

Competition

Legal 500

2016

Women in Antitrust

Global Competition Review

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