Nkonzo Hlatshwayo

Nkonzo Hlatshwayo

Partner, Johannesburg

Email nkonzo.hlatshwayo@hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 286 6922

Fax +27 86 675 7791

LanguagesEnglish, Zulu, Swati

Practice groupRegulatory

Having been involved in the development and evolution of competition law in South Africa and southern Africa, Nkonzo is particularly qualified to advise clients on competition law issues on the continent.

Focusing on general competition work (including transactional/M&A), he represents parties in merger proceedings, complaint proceedings, intervention applications, leniency applications and cross-border proceedings. He also advises on competition law compliance and audits.

Previously, he served as a director in the Competition Board under the Department of Trade and Industry and later became the founding head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division of the Competition Commission. He also served in a Deputy Commissioner capacity for two years. More recently he served as chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission for 3½ years.

Nkonzo has handled a number of regional competition matters before various competition authorities. 

He was also a lecturer in law for a number of years, teaching company law, constitutional law and the law of property. He published a number of academic articles and co-authored a book on human rights.

Education and admissions

Education

Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa, Harvard Business School, 2001

Certificate in Mergers and Acquisitions, New York Institute of Finance, 2001

Inaugural Competition Law Course at the Competition Commission, 1999

LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, 1992

LL.B., University of Swaziland, 1988

B.A., University of Swaziland, 1986

Memberships

Chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission

Court admissions

South Africa

Representative experience

Advised Old Mutual in its acquisition of a controlling interest in UAP Holdings. The transaction was notified to the Comesa Competition Commission, Kenya and Tanzania.

Advised African Rainbow Capital in a recent acquisition of a stake in another business.

Conducted a comprehensive competition law audit for a company in the petroleum industry.

Conducted a comprehensive competition law audit for a company in the steel industry with consequential training and other advice.

Attended to various leniency applications in South Africa and other African jurisdictions.

Advising Timrite and Tufbag in relation to the prohibition of their proposed transaction by the Commission.

Advising Transnet in relation to an investigation by the Commission.

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