Reece May

Reece May

Senior Associate

Reece May is a Senior Associate in our Competition Law practice. Reece specialises in a range of competition law matters and has experience in national, foreign and regional mergers, prohibited practices (cartels and abuse of dominance) and competition law compliance. Reece also does work involving the Consumer Protection Act and has a litigation background.

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Reece began his legal career as a candidate attorney with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in 2017 where he became an associate in 2019. After studying a LLM in Amsterdam, Reece rejoined as an Associate in 2021 and was appointed Senior Associate in 2022.

Reece has been involved in a number of noteworthy competition law matters:

  • Drafting pleadings and representing packaging industry firms in opposed consideration of an initially prohibited merger.
    Representing a South African bank in an exception hearing for an alleged international foreign exchange cartel.
  • Drafting merger notifications in COMESA, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique in the private equity, engineering and real estate sectors.
  • Representing fire protection company and attending hearing before the Competition Appeal Court to oppose bid-rigging cartel prosecution.
  • Drafting pleadings and opposing an abuse of dominance interim interdict lodged against supermarket chain.
    Representing a bank in cartel investigation into alleged fixing of mortgage and prime rates.
  • Advising bank on the cartel risks associated with chats concerning derivative financial products.
  • Drafting large merger filing and representing client in bank merger.
  • Assisting to draft Heads of Argument and preparation for closing arguments in South Africa's first tying Abuse of Dominance case.
  • Drafting worldwide competition compliance policy for an International Mining Association.
  • Drafting various South African large and intermediate merger notifications in the security, investment, fast food, engineering, agriculture, renewable energy, automotive and medical apparatus sectors. Engaging on various public interest issues including employment and HDP ownership.
  • Advising bank on the competition risks associated with vehicle financing alliance agreements with OEMs and vehicle dealerships.
  • Advising mining firm on the competition law risks related to its internal tender procedures.
  • Drafting opinions and providing consumer protection law advice to clients regarding online gambling activities, franchise agreements and promotional competitions.
  • Conducting research and drafting abuse of dominance complaint in the securities depository sector.
  • Drafting dawn raid policies and providing dawn raid training.
  • Advising various firms on the merger notifiability of transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructures.
  • Conducting regulatory due diligences in the automotive, paint and retail gifting sectors.


  • LLB (Cum Laude) – University of Pretoria
  • LLM (Commercial Law) – University of Cape Town
  • LLM (European Competition Law & Regulation) (Cum Laude) – University of Amsterdam
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council


  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa
  • Member of the Association of Competition Law Practitioners South Africa (Junior Chapter EXCO)
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