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. Reece was appointed Senior Associate in 2022.

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

  • Drafting merger notification for automotive merger and engaging with the Competition Commission concerning public interest issues relating to loss of employment.
  • Assisting to draft Heads of Argument and preparation for closing arguments in South Africa's first tying Abuse of Dominance case.
  • Assisting with Exception hearing proceedings for an international bank in opposing cartel prosecution.
  • Engaging with the Competition Commission in its investigation into a possible excessive pricing case against a major medicine manufacturer.
  • Assisting with the Tribunal hearing of a merger between two multinational oil companies.
  • Assisting with the merger notification between two telecommunications companies.
  • Preparing for and attending a hearing before the Competition Tribunal for a fire protection company to oppose cartel prosecution.
  • Conducting research and drafting opinion for a major dairy company on whether the outsourcing of logistical functions would trigger a merger notification.
  • Conducting research and drafting opinion for a private bank regarding a possible competition complaint to be lodged against a new entrant.
  • Drafting competition compliance policy for an International Mining Association.
  • Drafting merger notification for merger involving two foreign exchange companies and engaging with the Competition Commission regarding public interest issues.


  • LLB (Cum Laude) – University of Pretoria

  • LLM (Commercial Law) – University of Cape Town

  • LLM (European Competition Law & Regulation) (Cum Laude) – University of Amsterdam


  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa
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