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".