Region: Africa & Middle East

Israeli court imprisons senior executive in AI cartel

A court in Israel has sentenced a former executive at a software company to five and a half months in prison for participating in a price-fixing cartel, as the country's judiciary continues a recent trend of imprisoning individuals for antitrust violations.

14 September 2021

First-ever merger fine signals new era for COMESA

COMESA’s Competition Commission has issued its first-ever merger-related fine on two telecommunications companies for gun-jumping, which observers say marks the “dawn of a new era” for antitrust enforcement in the region.

09 September 2021

South African tribunal backs Coca-Cola bottler in merger remedies dispute

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has rejected a finding by the country’s antitrust watchdog that a Coca-Cola bottler breached merger conditions related to employee lay-offs, ruling that the job terminations were justified due to financial difficulties.

08 September 2021

Israel fines news website for hiding data in merger probe

Israeli news website Ynet has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose crucial information during the national antitrust enforcer’s probe into the now-abandoned Taboola/Outbrain merger.

23 August 2021

South African enforcer seeks to reverse Burger King merger block

The Competition Commission of South Africa has backtracked from its controversial decision to block the acquisition of Burger King South Africa, asking the country’s specialist competition tribunal to instead approve the deal subject to multiple public interest commitments.

18 August 2021

Saudi Arabia fines furniture cartel

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition has fined four home and office furniture retailers a total of €2.3 million for bid rigging, although observers claim the case raises evidentiary issues.

11 August 2021

Change in leadership signals new era for Saudi enforcer

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has appointed former royal court advisor Ahmed bin Abdulkarim Al Khulaifi to head the country’s competition agency, a move that lawyers have said is key to reforming Saudi Arabia’s economy.

09 August 2021

South African enforcer allowed to pursue supermarket for subsidiary's abuse of dominance

South Africa’s highest court has refused to allow Shoprite Checkers to appeal against an appellate court decision finding the retailer can be held liable for its subsidiary ticket seller’s allegedly abusive exclusivity requirements.

26 July 2021

South Africa seeks to fine spark plug maker in auto parts probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has urged the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal to fine NGK Spark Plug Company for its role in the global auto parts cartel.

22 July 2021

Israel blocks three-to-two lens merger

Israel’s Competition Authority has blocked an Essilor-Luxottica subsidiary’s attempt to purchase a rival eyeglass lens maker because the deal would reduce the number of competitors in the lens manufacturing market from three to two.

28 June 2021

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