Anthony Norton is “particularly good in contentious proceedings” praise sources who add, “He is a tough guy to litigate against – you have to be on your toes throughout.”
Anthony is the founder and managing director of Nortons Inc, a boutique regulatory law firm.
His principal areas of practice are South African and African competition law and competition litigation, as well as white-collar crime, general litigation and regulatory advice.
He was the first South African competition law practitioner to appear before the South African Competition Appeal Court. Anthony has experience in merger notifications, merger interventions and applications for advisory opinions in relation to M&A. Anthony has also provided advice to clients in relation to prohibited practices, corporate leniency applications, horizontal and vertical restrictive practices, abuses of dominant position and applications for exemption and interim relief, as well as in relation to the new criminal provisions under the South African Competition Act. Anthony has advised on many seminal competition law matters; he also advises clients on general regulatory, and white-collar crime and corruption matters.
Recent mergers include advising Netcare on its acquisition of the Akeso Group; Caxton on the acquisition of Private Property; Tsogo and HCI on the recent restructuring of their corporate assets advice; Western Digital on its global acquisition of SanDisk Corporation; JSE-listed Mpact in its acquisition of Remade Holdings; Diageo, Heineken International and Namibian Breweries on the initial creation and subsequent restructuring of the previous joint venture arrangements in South Africa; Acciona on its global acquisition of Nordex SE; Investec on its increased shareholding in Ferro South Africa and Southern Sun Hotels on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in REIT-listed Hospitality Property Fund.
Recent cases in competition/antitrust include Anglo American’s disposal of its interests in the Scaw Metals Group; Anglo American’s acquisition of Kumba Iron Ore; Anglo American’s disposal of its interests in Highveld Steel & Vanadium Corporation; the acquisition of Gold Reef Resorts by Tsogo Sun Holdings; Netcare’s acquisition of the Community Healthcare Group; Netcare’s acquisition of Medicross; Netcare’s acquisition of Primecure; and Netcare’s opposition to the attempt by Medi-Clinic to acquire a minority stake in Afrox Healthcare.
Anthony Norton currently represents Netcare (South Africa’s largest private hospital group) in the Commission’s market inquiry into private healthcare, as well as Pick n Pay Retailers (one of South Africa’s largest retailers) on the Commission’s retail grocery market inquiry.
Anthony advised Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries, on the most important excessive pricing case before the South African Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court on two excessive pricing complaints, which the Competition Commission had referred to the Competition Tribunal on Sasol Polymers’ domestic pricing of propylene and polypropylene. The Competition Appeal Court found in favour of Sasol Polymers and dismissal the Commission’s case.
Recent matters relating to white-collar crime and litigation includes: advising a subsidiary of one of South Africa’s largest banks in an application for the review and setting aside of a tender for the payment of social grants valued at 10 billion rand; representing Kumba on a mining rights dispute relating to its Sishen mine; and representing a large listed UK company in investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in a South African subsidiary company and obtaining an Anton Piller order for the search and seizure of certain documentation, as well as a Mareva order to freeze the bank accounts of the individuals under investigation.