• Certificate, Competition Law, 2011
    University of Witwatersrand
  • Higher Diploma, Tax Law, 1991
    University of Johannesburg
  • L.L.M., Corporate Law, 1991
    University of South Africa
  • L.L.B., 1982
    University of Pretoria
  • BLC, 1980
    University of Pretoria

Year of Call/Admission

  • South Africa, 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Johan Coetzee

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+27 11 586 6044
+27 11 586 6144 (fax)
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Johan specialises in competition law, corporate law, commercial property transactions and related real estate law.

Johan has extensive experience in corporate finance and M&A work and has acted for numerous listed clients at commercial legal practices in South Africa for more than twenty years.
His general commercial experience consists of work done for clients in the mining, manufacturing and medical devices industries.  He has over the last few years been part of teams advising on some of the largest commercial property developments and mergers in the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) sectors in South Africa.

He has prepared merger notifications to the South African competition authorities including in the steel, manufacturing, property management services and REIT sectors. He has provided compliance advice and training to clients in the healthcare and life sciences sector on compliance and regulatory issues, including whether transactions require merger control and prohibited practices as contemplated in terms of competition law. Johan has also supplied opinions on competition law considerations in the fast moving consumer goods and aviation sectors.

His real estate experience consists of advising on commercial property developments, registration of transfers, registration of mortgage bonds and notarial bonds. Johan has also acted for mining clients in registering mining licenses at the Mining Titles Registration Office.

Honours and Awards

  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of Competition Law in the International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions.
  • Recommended by Legal 500, 2015 (Competition) and Legal 500, 2016 (Corporate and M&A).

Community Involvement

  • Johan has acted for about 15 years as a specialist examiner and is currently a senior examiner and moderator for the attorneys’ entrance examinations administered by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.


  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Admitted as a Conveyancer, 1993
  • Admitted as a Notary Public, 1995