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We are legal experts in competition and antitrust in Africa, and we have been at the forefront of competition law developments on the continent for many years.


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Novel solutions

Our deep understanding of economics and the regulatory environment enables us to provide you with innovative, commercial solutions and fast turnaround times, and we work with you to achieve this by really getting to know your business and industry.


Multi-jurisdictional offering

Our feet are planted firmly on African soil, with African know-how and capability, and we are therefore able to handle and co-ordinate even the most complex cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional investigations quickly, efficiently, seamlessly, and with excellence.

Our holistic offering includes helping you to navigate regulatory hurdles across a multiplicity of diverse issues and jurisdictions, handling complex multijurisdictional filings, litigating cartel matters, and assisting with merger notifications, abuse of dominance investigations and dawn raids.


African footprint

Multi-jurisdictional businesses face significant risks, as well as the challenge of complying with vastly different laws and regulations.

We are Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.

With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business.

Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout the continent, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.


Proven track record

We have deep expertise and experience in providing high quality advice across national and regional antitrust regimes, including COMESA, EAC, CEMAC, ECOWAS and WAEMU (UEMOA), and we have twice been named Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year at the African Legal Awards.

Some of our Executives were previously senior officials at a leading African competition authority, which gave them first-hand experience of enforcing competition regulations.

Click here to view our Country Merger Guide and learn more about COMESA, EAC, CEMAC, ECOWAS and WAEMU (UEMOA).

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awards and rankings

ENS is recognised by leading international ranking agencies, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and the World Tax Guide, for achieving consistently high standards. Furthermore, the firm is a regular recipient of regional awards such as DealMakers.

In addition, we have twice received the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year Award at the African Legal Awards, we have been ranked as an elite firm by Global Competition Review (GCR) and we have won the Merger Control Matter of the Year Award for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa at the GCR Awards.

Chambers GlobalLegal 500IFLR1000Dealmaker Awards
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ENS is a prominent force in the market with a deep bench of experienced professionals
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the group is regularly involved in cross-border mandates, with experience acting for entities involved in market inquiries
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we do many competition filings across Africa ... they [ENS] act as the main points of contact and add immense value to every transaction
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the team is excellent on every front with expert practical advice
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always available when you need them
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USD4.8-billion acquisition
USD4.8-billion acquisition by the Carlyle Group (through Matador Bidco S.à r.l.) of a controlling stake in Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U. (Cepsa), Europe’s largest privately-owned integrated oil and gas company. This included competition law advice regarding COMESA countries, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.
USD4.6-billion acquisition
USD4.6-billion acquisition by DSV A/S of Panalpina Welttransport Holding (PWT), creating one of the world’s largest cargo-handling and logistics companies. This included competition advice regarding Angola, Kenya and South Africa, as well as merger notifications in Kenya and South Africa.
USD4.2-billion acquisition
USD4.2-billion acquisition by India multinational UPL of Arysta Life Science, with notifications to the competition authorities in COMESA countries, Kenya and South Africa.
USD2.24-billion acquisition
USD2.24-billion acquisition by Vivo Energy of Engen’s operations in nine sub-Saharan countries via the sale of its Mauritian subsidiary, with notifications to the competition authorities in COMESA countries, Kenya, Mauritius and Tanzania.
USD1.05-billion acquisition
USD1.05-billion acquisition by Sanlam Emerging Markets Ireland Limited (SEMIL) of Saham S.A and Saham Finances S.A., with merger notifications in Botswana, COMESA countries and Kenya. We won the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year Award for this deal at the 2018 African Legal Awards.
ZAR4.8-billion acquisition
ZAR4.8-billion acquisition by Milco SA of the entire shareholding of Clover Industries, with merger filings in Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia and South Africa.
ZAR3.4-billion financial restructuring
ZAR3.4-billion financial restructuring of Edcon, with merger clearances in Bostwana, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe on an expedited basis.
ZAR800-million transaction
ZAR800-million transaction between Consolidated Infrastructure Group and Canadian firm, Fairfax Africa, with notifications to the competition authorities in Botswana, COMESA countries, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania.
ZAR507-million acquisition
ZAR507-million acquisition by CNH Industrial SA of part of Invicta Holdings (part of the CEG division of Humulani Marketing), including multijurisdictional notifiability analysis for all of Africa and merger notifications to competition regulators in Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Successful opposition
Successful opposition of an abuse of dominance complaint against PG Glass for price discrimination in Namibia.
Successful opposition
Successful opposition to the collusion investigation into Astral Food and Tiger Chicks in Zambia.
joint venture
Greenfield joint venture between Orange SA and MTN Group to create Mobile Wallet Interoperability (Mowali), providing African mobile money interoperability services. This triggered merger filings to three African regional bodies: COMESA, CEMAC and WAEMU, and involved a large number of member states.
Cartel investigation
Cartel investigation into the supply of private healthcare insurance in Mauritius. We appeared for all insurance companies involved in the supply of private healthcare policies in Mauritius, as well as almost all healthcare insurers, healthcare administrators and provident fund associations.
Cartel investigation
Cartel investigation into 28 banks in South Africa who have been accused of collusion in respect of foreign exchange trading.
Cartel investigation
Cartel investigation into furniture removal firms in South Africa who have been accused of entering into a price-fixing agreement to charge customers for the cost of e-tolls occurred during moves.
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