Webber Wentzel has recruited Lesley Morphet as a partner in its the Johannesburg office.
She was previously a senior partner at Deneys Reitz in South Africa.
Morphet advises clients in all aspects of competition law, including mergers, prohibited practice issues, leniency and exemption applications and compliance in South Africa and other African jurisdictions. She has been involved in a number of prominent competition cases including advising oil company Chevron when it opposed a merger between South African coal, oil and gas companies Sasol and Engen Petroleum. Her other clients include ArcelorMittal, which she advised on its acquisition of Saldanha Steel.
Commenting on her move, Morphet says: “I am delighted to have joined Webber Wentzel. The competition practice has extensive experience and industry expertise and the firm is highly respected with a diverse blue-chip client base and global reputation, which provides me with an excellent platform for my practice.”
Rob Otty, deputy chairman of Deneys Reitz says: “We are grateful for the contribution Lesley made to the firm, and the competition unit, and wish her all the best in her new venture.”
Morphet features in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers.