Busisiwe Nhlapo

Senior Associate

Busisiwe is a senior associate in the litigation team of the Johannesburg office. 
She focuses on all areas of corporate and commercial litigation and dispute resolution including alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitrations. She advises a multitude of clients on compliance, particularly in public procurement and related legislation. Her focus is on administrative law, class actions and international arbitrations. She also has broad experience in risk advisory including being involved in major corporate and white-collar crime investigations and advises clients on business ethics, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance.


Representative matters

The Prudential Authority, in an application before the Financial Services Tribunal, for the reconsideration of the regulator’s decision to refuse a variation of licence application by an insurer seeking to underwrite inward reinsurance business in a manner contrary to certain provisions of the Insurance Act, 2017.
A waste solutions company in its engagements with a major metropolitan municipality regarding the requirements of an unsolicited bid.
The South African Reserve Bank in judicial review proceedings related to a forfeiture to the State pursuant to contraventions of the Exchange Control Regulations by the applicant.
A consortium in the mining industry regarding in a dispute related to its unsuccessful bid in a public a procurement (tender) process.
The South African Reserve Bank on the best practices for managing conflicts of interest in its procurement processes.
A consortium in the mining industry on formulating their internal policies on anti-bribery and corruption, conflicts of interests and gifts and hospitality.


Pro bono

Delivered training sessions to journalists from Daily Maverick on anti-bribery and corruption, public procurement, and the rights of journalists in South Africa.

Conducted legal research and prepared research note for Strategic Response International, a human rights organisation, on the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the protection of the right to dignity, association and other human rights of LGBTQI+ persons in various African countries.

Facilitated a workshop for candidate attorneys from the Equal Education Law Centre, a public interest law clinic, on statutory interpretation.

Conducted legal research and drafted a research note for the Vance Centre, an international pro bono network, on the prevalence, causes and legal responses to sexual harassment in the workplace in Africa, with a comparative analysis of the relevant legislation, policies and case law in selected countries.



Admitted as an Attorney, South Africa, 2017


LLB, University of Pretoria, 2012


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.