Shawn van der MeulenPartner at Webber Wentzel
Shawn specialises in all aspects of competition law and has advised on merger control (with particular experience in private equity acquisitions and disposals), cartel and other prohibited practice investigations, exemption applications and compliance.
He has acted for clients across various industries including agri-business, banking, beverages, chemicals, construction, FMCG, gambling, healthcare, information technology, mining, motor vehicle, printing, private equity, retail, steel and textiles.
Shawn was a key member of the competition team acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in its 2016 acquisition of SABMiller, which required a number of competition filings and approvals across Africa, and in AB InBev's subsequent disposal of SABMiller's interests in Distell to the Public Investment Corporation. Webber Wentzel was awarded the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year award for its involvement in these matters at the 2017 Africa Legal Awards. In 2015, Shawn was responsible for competition merger notifications in three out of the four transactions nominated for the DealMakers' Private Equity Deal of the Year award, including the winning transaction (Ethos Private Equity's disposal of Plumblink to Bidvest). Shawn has also been ranked in Legal 500 as a leading lawyer and Best Lawyers as a leading individual.
Outside of South Africa, Shawn has prepared merger notifications for multi-jurisdictional African mergers to the COMESA Competition Commission, as well as competition regulators in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Shawn has BA and LLB degrees from Rhodes University as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King's College, London.