Region: Africa & Middle East

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

South Africa blocks first merger on public interest grounds

The Competition Commission of South Africa has blocked a merger for the first time on public interest grounds, after prohibiting a private equity firm from purchasing a Burger King franchise and meat plant.

02 June 2021

Israeli head quits early

Michal Halperin is stepping down as head of Israel’s Competition Authority seven months before her six-year mandate is up.

24 May 2021

South Africa amends merger guidance to capture digital deals

The Competition Commission of South Africa plans to call in below-threshold deals in digital markets to tackle concerns about killer acquisitions, but local lawyers have criticised its “overly cautious” approach.

17 May 2021

Israel seeks fines in Facebook gun-jumping probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has warned Facebook that it might fine the company close to €1.5 million for failing to notify the acquisitions of two online messaging businesses that should have been reported under the country’s merger control rules.

13 May 2021

Carrefour franchisee abused its buyer power, Kenyan tribunal rules

Kenya’s Competition Tribunal has upheld a decision by the country’s antitrust enforcer ordering Carrefour’s local franchisee to amend all of its agreements with suppliers that include provisions related to forced rebates and the return of stock.

27 April 2021

Egyptian court fines chicken cartel

An Egyptian court has fined five of the country’s major poultry brokers more than €8 million for colluding to fix the price of chicken to the detriment of consumers and chicken breeders.

16 April 2021

Taboola settles Israeli criminal probe into Outbrain deal

Taboola has agreed to pay €1.2 million to settle the Israeli competition enforcer’s allegations that it illegally concealed its interference with third-party evidence as the authority reviewed its now-abandoned merger with Outbrain.

31 March 2021

South African tribunal imposes interim measures on WhatsApp

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered WhatsApp to temporarily refrain from removing an online “chatbot” that uses the messaging application to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans.

29 March 2021

Israel launches criminal proceedings against elevator cartel

Israel's Competition Authority has filed criminal charges against five elevator companies – including Schindler and Kone – and their directors for allegedly fixing prices for maintenance services.

15 March 2021

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