Xolani Nyali

Xolani Nyali

Cape Town, South Africa
T: +27 21 480 7904
E: xolani.nyali@bowmanslaw.com
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Xolani Nyali is a partner and member of the Competition Practice.

Xolani advises clients on a variety of competition law matters including merger notifications, behavioural matters and frequently assists clients in developing competition law compliance programmes. 

Xolani has experience across a broad range of business sectors and industries, including property, construction, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, financial services, private equity, technology (including fintech), mobility (air, road and sea) and the automotive industry. Xolani has a keen interest in the competition law aspects of disruptive technologies and joint ventures.  Xolani also has experience in competition law in other African countries, advising clients in both merger and behavioural matters in diverse jurisdictions including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and COMESA. He has also commented on the merger guidelines in COMESA and Kenya, the rules of procedure in Kenya and Nigeria, and draft legislation in Namibia and South Africa.

Xolani is a member of the Association of Competition Law Practitioners. Xolani has BCom and LLB degrees from Rhodes University and an LLM from the University of the Western Cape.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for a large property development and management company in the Competition Commission of South Africa’s investigation into long-term exclusive lease agreements in the property retails sector and the subsequent market inquiry into the sector.
  • Acting for the automotive industry in the Competition Commission of South Africa’s investigation and subsequent development of a code for the automotive industry.
  • Acting for a large non-banking financial services group in South Africa in ongoing price-fixing allegations by the Competition Commission.
  • Acting as local counsel to ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) in relation to ZFs acquisition of WABCO Holdings Inc.
  • Acting as Kenyan counsel in the sale and purchase of perishables and non-perishables business of Air Connection Limited by Panalpina Airflo Limited, Panalpina Airflo BV and Panalpina Kenya Limited.
  • Assisting Komatsu in the South African merger control process in its acquisition of mining equipment manufacturer, Joy Global, Inc.
  • Assisted China National Agrochemical Company with the African merger notifications required for the acquisition of Syngenta AG. In Africa the transaction was notified in South Africa, Kenya and COMESA.  
  • Acted for Platform Speciality Products Corp. on the African competition law aspects of its acquisition of Arysta LifeScience Limited, approved by the COMESA Competition Commission and by the competition authorities in Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.
  • Acted for the East Africa Cement Producers Association in its successful defence before the Competition Authority of Kenya.
  • Acted for Basco Paint (K) Limited in response to a dawn raid by the Competition Authority of Kenya and subsequent strategic assessment of the company and its shareholders’ options.
  • Acted for AbbVie on the South African aspects of its acquisition of Allergan
  • Acted for Siemens AG on the South African aspects of its proposed merger with Alstom
  • Acted for a consortium of private equity buyers on the Angola, Nigeria and Tanzania aspects of their take-private of Aggreko Plc


  • Xolani has been recognised by Who’s Who’s Legal as a Competition Future Leader in the Partners category for three consecutive years: 2019 to 2021.
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Competition Future Leader in the Non-Partners category in 2017 as well as 2018.
  • Listed in the Global Competition Review 2018 in the Senior Associates category.

Publications & Insights