Former Webber Wentzel lawyers launch Nortons
20 Mar 2009by WWL Editorial
Anthony Norton, Anton Roets, and John Oxenham have left Webber Wentzel to start up their own boutique, Nortons.
A fourth member of the firm has also made the move.
The new firm specialises in competition law and litigation with a view of offering strategic and creative advice and a personalised service.
Norton, former head of Webber Wentzel's competition practice, has extensive experience in all aspects of South African and African competition law, including merger control, joint ventures, cartel investigations, prohibited practices, horizontal and vertical restrictive practices, abuse of dominant position and general competition litigation before the South African courts and competition authorities. He has litigated many high profile cases and counts Anglo American, ABSA Bank, Heineken, Avusa Limited, Unilever, Vodafone, Scaw Metals and Netcare among his clients.
Leading lawyer Roets has considerable regulatory experience in the South African pharmaceutical, health care and petroleum sectors. His main areas of practice include merger notifications, applications for advisory opinions in relation to mergers and acquisitions, prohibited practices, advice in respect of horizontal and vertical restrictive practices, abuse of dominant position and applications for exemption and interim relief. Notable cases include acting on behalf of Anglo American in the disposal of its interest in Highveld Steel and the unbundling of Anglo American's shareholding in Kumba Resources Limited to create Exxaro Resources Limited. Roets has also represented Pfizer, GSK and Aspen Pharmacare Scaw South Africa and advised in several of South Africa's principal cartel investigations.
Oxenham specialises in competition law, representing major international corporations including Schering-Plough Corporation, Verizon, Internet Service Providers Association, Premier Foods and Avusa Limited. His expertise includes industry restructuring initiatives, joint ventures, cartel investigations, leniency applications, merger control and merger intervention and general competition litigation before the South African competition authorities and courts. Oxenham formerly worked at Howrey LLP in Washington, DC.
All three lawyers appear in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.