Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs is in the elite firms for South Africa, and has grown extensively in recent years. The competition practice now has 14 specialists, five of whom are directors, and is led by Who's Who nominee Lee Mendelsohn. Lizel Blignaut was also recently hired as an in-house economist. She joined from the Competition Commission where she was manager of the mergers division.
The firm has a host of well-known clients. Over the past year it has acted in one of the most high-profile competition cases ever seen in South Africa, advising food company Tiger Brands in the commission's investigation of price fixing in the bread market. It also acted for Tiger Brands' subsidiary, Adcock Ingram Critical Care, in a separate investigation of anti-competitive conduct.
The practice is representing British American Tobacco South Africa in an abuse of dominance investigation by the commission, and steel company Macsteel International Holdings in relation to an excessive pricing complaint lodged against ArcelorMittal by Harmony Gold Mining Company. It is also advising two banks and a banking association in the commission's inquiry into bank charges.
In merger work, the team acted for miner BHP Billiton on South African competition law aspects of its proposed merger with Rio Tinto. It is also advising mobile phone network MTN in its acquisition of Verizon, and acting for media company Primedia in its acquisition of New Africa Investments.
Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS)
|Chairman: Michael Katz|
|Chief Executive: Piet Faber|
|Deputy Chief Executive: Mzi Mgudlwa|
Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) is the largest law firm in Africa, with over 360 practitioners. As a full service firm with more than 100 years of experience, ENS offers clients a level of legal competence that sets a new standard in Africa, both geographically and also in terms of service, skills and expertise. ENS prides itself on offering extremely specialised services but within the context of scale - this means that the firm does not only have a couple of dedicated practitioners operating within one or two niche areas, but rather, it has a sizeable number of dedicated departments which each cater to a different specialist area. Moreover, within each of these departments, there are teams of practitioners who in turn, have in-depth expertise and experience in one or more of the focus areas making up that specialization.
ENS's competition law practice is ideally placed to provide professional services to clients on all aspects of the competition regulatory climate in South Africa. The department offers high level competition advice and are at the cutting edge of competition law, delivering to a wide range of local and foreign clients, valuable, innovative and commercially orientated advice as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Since the inception of the Competition Act, ENS's competition law team has been involved in some of the leading and most dynamic cases heard before the Competition Authorities.
ENS operates in South Africa out of its Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Stellenbosch offices.
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