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Judd is a trusted expert in pan-African competition law and regularly handles complex transactions and matters across the continent, including, in South Africa, Botswana, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), eSwatini, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and others.
Judd has worked on some of the most significant transactions on the continent. His clients value his solutions driven, decisive and thorough approach, particularly in the context of the evolving African competition law and public interest landscape.
Judd also has a wealth of experience in prohibited practices (horizontal, vertical and abuse of dominance), leniency applications, complaints, market inquiries, compliance reviews and training. He has been involved in the Competition Commission’s online intermediation platforms market inquiry (representing several multinationals); the first dawn raid conducted in Namibia; and represented various firms accused of anticompetitive conduct.
Judd has advised clients across a broad range of sectors and brings international competition law experience and value to his clients, having practised in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Judd has authored articles for a variety of local and international publications and regularly provides critical insight and commentary on developments in competition law on the continent.
Some of Judd’s most recent merger experience includes:
- Advisor to Ardagh Glass in respect of its acquisition of Consol Glass, a significant glass producer in Africa.
- Advisor to Imperial Logistics in respect of Dubai World’s ZAR 12 billion acquisition of Imperial Logistics. Imperial Logistics operates in multiple jurisdictions globally and on the African continent.
- Advisor to Bombardier Inc., in respect of the sale of its railroad rolling stock and signaling business to Alstom SA.
- Advisor to Refinitiv, in respect of the African competition law aspects of The London Stock Exchange’s acquisition of the issued shares in Refinitiv (global provider of financial markets data). Merger notifications were submitted in multiple jurisdictions in Africa.
- Advisor to KPS Capital Partners LP in respect of its acquisition of the aluminium flat rolled products business of Norsk Hydro ASA.
- Advisor to PepsiCo Inc. in relation to its acquisition of Pioneer Foods for approximately USD 1.7 billion (one of PepsiCo’s biggest investments outside of North America). The transaction was notified to and approved by multiple authorities in Africa.
- Advisor to Network International in respect of its acquisition of financial services company, 3G Direct Pay Holdings. The transaction was notified to and approved by multiple authorities in Africa.
- Advising Aton GmbH in respect of its proposed hostile takeover of Murray & Roberts Ltd. The transaction was vehemently opposed by the Competition Commission in South Africa, as well as by the target firm (but approved elsewhere in Africa). The matter also involved an urgent interdict application lodged by the target firm before the Competition Tribunal / Competition Appeal Court of South Africa seeking to restrain Aton and its related companies from exercising voting rights in respect of the target firm, which was successfully defended and which set notable precedent.
- Advisor to Chevron in respect of the sale of its interests in Chevron South Africa and Chevron Botswana.
- Judd has been identified by Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review’s independent research with clients and peers for recognition in the Competition Future Leaders – Partners section of Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2021, recognising practitioners in this area aged 45 and under.
- Chambers and Partners, consistently ranked Judd as Band 4 for Competition/ Antritrust for the past three consecutive years (2019 to 2021) and as an Up and Coming practitioner in the same category in 2018.
- Judd has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in the Partners category for four consecutive years: 2018 to 2021.
- Listed in the Global Competition Review 2018 in the Partners under 45 category.
- Recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017 as one of the foremost practitioners in this area aged 45 and under.
Publications & Insights
- Chambers and Partners: Merger Control 2022 Guide: South African Chapter
- Mozambique and Nigeria: Recent amendments to merger filing fees
- South Africa: Competition Commission hosts consumer workshop on Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket
- Angola: Merger filing fees now payable
- COVID-19: Excessive pricing – A total of 30 consent agreements confirmed by the South African Competition Tribunal
- Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law Guide on Restraints of Trade and Dominance – South Africa Chapter
- COVID-19: Excessive Pricing – A total of 18 consent agreements confirmed by the South African Competition Tribunal
- The Competition Amendment Bill, 2018 introduced in Parliament – the second of a series of perspectives of the main proposals contained in the Bill