Veronica is a competition/anti-trust lawyer who has been practising in this area for over 20 years.
She did her articles at Webber Wentzel where- together with Anthony Norton, now of Nortons Inc- she participated in the formation of the first standalone competition law department in a South African law firm, following the coming into force of the South African Competition Act.
Veronica has practiced at large law firms, a boutique corporate commercial firm and for her own account. Veronica spent 5 years after completing her articles at Webber Wentzel, where she was a senior associate. This was followed by 5 years at Bowmans (where she was a director in the Competition Law Department), a consultancy at Read, Hope Philips and 2 years at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, where she was an executive consultant in the competition law practice area. Most recently, Veronica spent a year at the Competition Tribunal as an expert consultant advising Tribunal panel members on complex economic issues, international and local case precedent, attending hearings (pertaining to merger control, urgent interim relief and cartel prosecutions), preparing drafts of reasons and training members of case management team who act as “judge’s clerks”.
Veronica has been involved in an extensive array of competition law litigation, including advising:
SAB on the long running litigation pertaining to the exclusivity of its appointed distributors;
PPC in relation to the leniency agreement concluded between it and the Commission following a dawn raid;
Cell C in its various legal challenges to the proposed acquisition by Vodacom of Neotel which principally took the form of successfully reviewing ICASA’s decision to approve the acquisition and participating in the large merger proceedings before the Tribunal before the merger was ultimately abandoned;
Cell C in successfully bringing an application for an urgent interim interdict against MTN in respect of issues arising in relation to the receipt and implementation of porting applications to Cell C;
Lonmin in relation to its acquisition by Sibanye;
the purchase by CIVH of Vumatel;
BCX in relation to the application for interim relief brought against it by Vexall.
Veronica has also done work in the telecommunications space.
From an industry perspective, Veronica has in-depth knowledge of the South African alcoholic beverages, mobile telephony and private healthcare markets.
Veronica speaks French and Spanish fluently.
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