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Stewart Payne

Stewart Payne


Stewart is an associate in the competition practice, based in Johannesburg.



Stewart has assisted clients on various aspects of competition law, including in relation to merger control, market inquiries, cartel and other prohibited practices and involving both litigious and advisory work. He has also assisted in competition compliance audits and training. Although primarily focussed on South Africa, Stewart has worked on a range of matters involving merger control and anti-competitive practices across other southern African jurisdictions as well. In addition, Stewart has advised clients on various regulatory matters including in the broadcasting and transport sectors.
Stewart's recent experience includes having:
  • advised various clients on a range of merger control and related matters, as well as preparing and securing various merger clearances in South Africa and across other African jurisdictions (including specifically in the automotive, poultry, dairy, and alcoholic beverages sectors);
  • acted for clients cited as respondents in various cartel investigations, including in the automotive sector;
  • advising an FMCG company in relation to allegations of excessive pricing, unfair pricing and price discrimination in Zambia;
  • advised various clients in relation to their participation in the market inquiries conducted by the Commission into the transport, grocery retail and data sectors; and
  • acted for a major South African sports governing body in relation to various broadcasting and competition matters


Stewart is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Business Science degree specialising in Economics and Law (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws (magna cum laude), both from the University of Cape Town.