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Neil  MacKenzie

Neil MacKenzie

Partner Fasken
South Africa’s unique competition law and enforcement policy often creates an unfamiliar playing field for multinational firms. Guidance from local competition law experts with on-the-ground experience is therefore critical.
Jurisdiction South Africa, 2010
Language(s) English, Afrikaans
Office(s) Johannesburg

Neil MacKenzie is a competition lawyer in Fasken’s Johannesburg office. He has extensive experience advising multinational companies on all aspects of competition law strategy and compliance.

Neil represents firms in litigated cartel and abuse of dominance (monopolisation) cases before the Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court, and advises complainants and respondents in Competition Commission investigations. He has been involved in high profile prohibited practice cases in the steel, liquid fuels, cement, freight forwarding, construction and banking industries.  

Neil has guided firms through complex merger approval processes in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, often working with local counsel in in Europe, USA, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. He has worked on transactions in numerous markets from mining, energy, pharmaceuticals, liquor and crop protection, to insurance, industrial chemicals, advertising, timber, steel, and infant milk formula. 

He also provides competition law compliance training, as well as advice on competition law and regulatory issues, such as whether transactions require merger control approval, and the legality of business strategies that involve rebates, price discrimination, low pricing, high pricing, refusals to supply, exclusive dealing and distribution, and cooperation between competing firms.

Neil also has expertise advising clients in the healthcare and energy sectors on application of the sector regulations which govern those industries.

Clients state that Neil is "an absolute pleasure to work within the merger control space", as well as "practically minded" and "very smart and responsive". He is considered by clients as "commercially astute and really in tune with his client's needs". Neil is acclaimed by clients as "an exceptional and brilliant lawyer" as well as having "the ability to explain complex matters to clients in an engaging fashion".

  • Recognised in the Up and Coming category by Chambers & Partners for his expertise in Competition Law (2018 edition). 
  • Listed as a Future Leader by Who's Who Legal for his expertise in Competition Law (2017 - 2018 editions).
  • Listed as a Rising Star by Legal 500 EMEA for his expertise in Competition Law (2017 edition).


  • Post Graduate Diploma, Economics for Competition Law King's College London
  • LLM, Competition Law and Economics King's College London
  • Certificate, Competition Law University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB (with distinction) University of Witwatersrand
  • BA (Hons) with distinction, Economics and Law Rhodes University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces (2010-present)
  • Member, Law Society’s Competition Law Committee
Article Excessive Pricing: Lessons from South Africa European Competition Law Review, Issue 9
Article Price signalling in South Africa, Part 1 February 2016, Part 2 April 2016
Price Signalling and the South African Competition Act location location 10th Annual Competition Law, Policy and Economics Conference, Hosted by South African Competition Authorities and University of Cape Town, 2016
The Single Economic Entity Doctrine in South Africa and its Implications for Competition Policy location location 8th Annual Competition Law, Policy and Economics Conference, Hosted by South African Competition Authorities and University of Johannesburg


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