Nkonzo Hlatshwayo to serve as Chairman of Hogan Lovells in SA

International law firm Hogan Lovells has appointed Nkonzo Hlatshwayo as Chairman of its South African practice.

Nkonzo Hlatshwayo has been with the firm for three years, and has been recognised for his in-depth knowledge and understanding of competition law in South Africa and southern Africa. Focusing on general competition work, including M&A, he represents parties in merger proceedings, complaint proceedings, intervention applications, leniency applications and cross-border proceedings. He also advises on competition law compliance and audits.

Nkonzo takes over as Chairman from Lavery Modise, whose term has come to an end. Modise has been an inspirational and dedicated leader through many changes and challenges in Johannesburg, including transitioning the office through expansion of its legal and business services functions

Speaking about his new role, Nkonzo said: 

"It is a great honour and privilege to be chosen to lead such an accomplished group of lawyers and support professionals. Our presence in South Africa and throughout the continent is growing, and playing a critical role in African development. Africa’s future is bright. I am grateful for Lavery’s years of leadership, and I look forward to continuing his great work.” 

Nkonzo previously served as director of the Competition Board under the Department of Trade and Industry and later became the founding head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division of the Competition Commission. He served as Deputy Commissioner for two years and recently he served as chairman of the Swaziland Competition Commission for three and a half years.

He was also a lecturer in law for a number of years, teaching company law, constitutional law and the law of property, publishing a number of academic articles and co-authoring a book on human rights.

Hogan Lovells’s South African practice compromises of offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has over 430 people, 130 lawyers, including 51 partners, and one of two Hogan Lovells Global Business Service Centres.