Invitation: Launching Webber Wentzel's integrated Competition, Trade and Investment team

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Webber Wentzel has always offered clients competition law, trade and investment advice; but in response to changing times and client needs we are now shifting our expertise into one more formally integrated client offering. We believe that this shift will ensure that we are be able to better assist you with all the legal nuances of investing in and into Africa from a truly holistic perspective.​​

Please join us for the launch of our newly formed and multi-disciplinary Competition, Trade and Investment (CTI) team.

Our launch will include a keynote address by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, as well as an expert panel of legal practitioners, business representatives and economists including James Hodge (Chief Economist at the Competition Commission and Acting Deputy Competition Commissioner), Olivier Serrão (Executive: Strategy at Business Leadership South Africa) and Professor Franziska Sucker (Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand).

The discussions will focus on:​

  • the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's current policy objectives;
  • private sector involvement in facilitating foreign direct investment and intra-Africa trade;
  • the challenges and opportunities presented by the AfCFTA; and
  • key competition, trade and investment developments and forecasts for 2022.

Meet the speakers

Daryl DingleyWebber Wentzel Competition, Trade and Investment Head 

Daryl Dingley is the head of Webber Wentzel's new Competition, Trade and Investment Practice. He specialises in competition law and has expertise in economics and international trade.

Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Ebrahim Patel has reshaped competition policy through negotiating far-reaching public interest commitments. He has also worked with a number of other ministries to lead the state’s approach to infrastructure development and played an important oversight role in the International Trade Administration Commission.

Meluleki Nzimande,Webber Wentzel (August 2022)

Meluleki is currently the Chief Commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). He specialises in all aspects of international trade and investment law across a range of sectors, investigations into customs duty amendments, including anti-dumping, safeguard and other trade remedy investigations, negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Robert Wilson, Webber Wentzel

Robert is the Head of the Webber Wentzel Commercial Business Unit he specialises in competition law and has expertise in economics and international trade.

​Our expert panel comprising of:

James Hodge

James Hodge, Chief Economist of the South African Competition Commission and an Acting Deputy Commissioner

James is one of the leading economic experts in competition law in South Africa and the region, having provided expert economic reports in various cases across the economic sectors and in several Southern and East African jurisdictions.

Olivier George Serrão

Olivier George Serrão, Strategy Executive at Business Leadership South Africa

Olivier develops strategies and works with senior business leaders, organised business structures, government, and a range of stakeholders including think tanks, NGOs and international partners in advancing a conducive environment for South Africa’s socio-economic development.

Franziska Sucker, Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Law

Franziska lectures international trade law at both masters and undergraduate level. She serves as an executive co-treasurer of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).

Stephen Meltzer, Webber Wentzel 

Stephen has over 25 years of experience in international trade law, advising SACU Industries, governments and exporters and focuses on all aspects of trade law, including trade remedies, customs, import/export regulation, free trade agreements, other international agreements and World Trade Organisation law. He also has considerable experience in mergers, acquisitions, JSE and corporate law.

Our panel moderator is:

Yael Shafrir

Yael Shafrir, Webber Wentzel

Yael, a newly joined member of the CTI team at Webber Wentzel, is a trade and investment lawyer with a special interest in FDI and Africa related investment and investment promotion. Yael has over 25 years' experience working across Africa and Europe in a variety of roles across the legal and financial services sector and supports client teams in relation to their Africa-wide investments and projects.

Please click here to view the detailed speaker bios.

Ev​ent details

Date: Monday, 9 May 2022

Time: 08h30 – 11h30

Venue: 90 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg

We will serve a delicious breakfast to those attending in person.


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