Nikki Pennel

Senior Manager

KPMG in South Africa

Nikki is an admitted attorney in the Tax and Legal practice of KPMG. Nikki specialises in South African data protection law, competition law and commercial law. Since joining KPMG in 2005, Nikki has advised a number of high profile companies in various industries, including telecommunications, technology, mining, insurance, fast-moving consumer goods, automotive, plastics, paper and metals, amongst others. In the area of data protection, Nikki has conducted number of extensive data protection audits on the business operations of clients with specific reference to the Protection of Personal Information Act (“POPI”), drafting of legal opinions, compliance policies and agreements (including cross border information transfer agreements) and presenting training to management and staff. Nikki is a member of the KPMG Global Privacy Practice and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Areas of expertise

Cybersecurity laws and regulation Legal Services Public Policy and Regulatory Change Tax

Education and qualifications

  • Postgraduate diploma in Competition Law

  • LLB

  • BA

Accreditation

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (2001)

  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Client experience

  • Prepared various agreements and other documents as part of the implementation of several client’s POPI compliance initiatives, including cross border information transfer agreements and privacy notices.

  • Undertook a detailed risk-based compliance audit of an international technology firm to determine the current state of compliance of the organisation with the requirements of POPI.

  • Undertook a risk-based compliance audit of an international financial institution to determine the current state of compliance of the organisation with the requirements of POPI.

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