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According to Chambers Bowmans is a market-leading law firm… It is sought out for its deep subject matter expertise and its involvement in some of the largest matters in the domestic market, across the African continent and globally.

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Competition law presents various challenges for companies doing business in Africa.  The number of competition law regimes across Africa has increased significantly in recent years and national regulators across the continent are  increasingly active.

There are also a number of regional organisations regulating competition law, for example, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), and the East African Community (EAC), which are also strengthening their enforcement powers to effectively regulate competition law at a regional level.

We are at the forefront of developments in African competition law. We monitor competition law developments in various jurisdictions, consider the impact on our clients’ business activities in Africa and strive to develop the application of the law pragmatically. Our internationally recognised competition law experts participate in special committees on competition law; actively comment on draft legislation, guidelines and amendments in a variety of African countries; and regularly contribute to local and international competition law publications.  We are committed to the representation of our clients’ interests and are proud to be involved in most of the prominent competition law cases across Africa.

We provide a full range of competition and anti-trust law services including in relation to: merger control, cartels and markets, abuse of dominance and other restrictive practices, and trade issues such as the implications of commercial and exclusivity agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances. We also provide competition law compliance training and conduct competition law audits.  We have significant depth of experience in, and knowledge of, a variety of sectors.

Our clients include local and international businesses operating in Africa as well as multi-national operations investing in Africa.

We were named Competition Team of the Year for 2020, at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa.

We have consistently been included in the GCR 100, a ranking of the world’s top 100 competition law firms, and, according to IFLR1000, we are ‘most definitely considered a front-runner in the market’ and our peers praise the ‘consistent quality’ of our work.

Key Contacts


In Conversation: Heather Irvine and David Lewis

The Competition Authority of Kenya’s 11 year enforcement journey

10th Annual African Competition Law Conference

Judge Davis Keynote

Panel 1: Competition law developments across Africa

Panel 2: Continental and domestic trade imperatives: navigating the tension

Webinar: Business unusual – The impact of the South African Competition Act on the future participation of historically disadvantaged individuals in transactions

Competition Amendment Act and Burger King’s lack of BEE in a new ownership structure – Business Day TV interview with Heather Irvine

Competition Commission rejects the sale of Burger King – eNCA interview with Xolani Nyali

Webinar: Navigating buyer-power regulations in Kenya and South Africa

Webinar: South Africa – Competition in the digital economy

Webinar: African Economic Regulation in the wake of COVID-19: responding to the Crisis

Webinar: Breakfast with benefits – Impact of COVID-19

Webinar: Pricing in a crisis – Competition Law compliance during COVID-19

Nationwide prepare damages claim against South African Airways

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that SAA is liable for over R100 million in losses

A court ruling which sets a new precedent for competition rules in the aviation industry

A judgement that will change competition rules in the commercial aviation industry

Cash strapped SAA has been dealt a blow

SAA and in the Landmark Case

Competition a company faces in Africa

What interesting developments have we seen this year from a Competitions Authorities point of view?