Shawn van der Meulen is a partner in the Competition Practice at Webber Wentzel. He specialises in all aspects of South African competition law and has advised on merger control (with particular experience in private equity acquisitions and disposals), cartel and other prohibited practice investigations, exemption applications and compliance.
Outside of South Africa, Shawn has prepared merger notifications for multi-jurisdictional African mergers to the COMESA Competition Commission, as well as competition regulators in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has acted for clients across various industries including banking, beverages, chemical, construction, fertilizer, gambling, healthcare, information technology, mining, motor vehicle, printing, private equity, retail, steel, and textile. In 2015, Shawn was responsible for competition merger notifications in three out of the four transactions nominated for the DealMakers' Private Equity Deal of the Year award, including the winning transaction (Ethos Private Equity's disposal of Plumblink (Pty) Ltd to Bidvest Ltd). In 2016/17, Shawn was part of the team responsible for all African merger control notifications for AB InBev's record acquisition of SABMiller.
Shawn has BA and LLB degrees from Rhodes University as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King's College, London.