Nkonzo Hlatshwayo is a partner in the Competition Practice at Webber Wentzel. Prior to joining Webber Wentzel, Nkonzo was a Director of the Competition Board, the responsible body for competition enforcement in terms of previous legislation. When the 'new' competition authorities came into existence, he was appointed head of the Competition Commission's Mergers and Acquisition Division and subsequently served as a Deputy Commissioner for two years. In 2012, Nkonzo was appointed Chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission for a period of three years.
Nkonzo advises on all aspects of competition law, including merger control, cartel and other prohibited practice investigations, exemption applications and compliance. His considerable experience although rooted in South Africa, also spans many other African countries. Nkonzo has handled a number of cross border transactions notified to national competition authorities in countries such as Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as regional competition authorities such as COMESA. Nkonzo has also been actively involved in the competition law developments in Africa; drafting regulations and consulting to governments setting up their competition law regimes. He was the only South African attorney drafted into the COMESA Steering Committee responsible for vetting COMESA'S 2014 Merger Guidelines. He has experience across a range of sectors including aviation, banking, fishing, healthcare, insurance, liquid fuels, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, property, retail, steel, sugar, telecommunications, tobacco, and mining.
He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Swaziland as well as an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Canada.