Region: Africa & Middle East

Israeli court convicts textbook cartelists

A court in Israel has convicted three book distributors and six of their employees for conspiring to raise the price of textbooks provided to low-income schoolchildren.

02 November 2020

Kenyan court dismisses lawsuit against competition enforcer

A Kenyan court has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the country’s competition authority failed to tackle the dominance of Kenya Power while rejecting a request to break up the incumbent electricity company.

26 October 2020

Namibia outlines new competition regime

Namibia’s Competition Commission has extended a public consultation on a suite of proposed antitrust law reforms, including an overhaul of the country's enforcer and merger control regime.

24 September 2020

South African tribunal rejects cartel complaint over lack of evidence

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has thrown out a cartel case against a frozen foods company because the country’s antitrust enforcer could not prove that its contract with a beef producer qualified as a market allocation agreement or had any impact on competition.

16 September 2020

Israeli news website raided in Taboola/Outbrain probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has raided a news website, reportedly in connection to its investigation into a digital advertising merger, as reports also surfaced that the merging companies have abandoned the tie-up.

10 September 2020

South African tribunal dismisses enforcer’s request to block agricultural deal

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally approved a merger between two grain distributors, despite the country’s competition authority switching its position during the proceedings to argue for the deal’s prohibition.

21 August 2020

South African enforcer loses cement cartel appeal

Attending a meeting where price-fixing or market allocation agreements are made does not automatically prove a company is guilty of participating in a cartel, an appellate court in South Africa has ruled.

14 August 2020

South Africa’s 13-year maize cartel probe nears conclusion

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog is nearing the end of its “protracted and complex” maize milling cartel investigation – which began in 2007 – after the country’s competition tribunal confirmed its 14th and penultimate settlement agreement.

11 August 2020

Israel seeks first criminal penalties for merger commitment breach

Israel’s Antitrust Authority has filed criminal charges against a film distributor and a chief executive for refusing to supply a cinema with films from three major Hollywood film studios, in breach of a 2010 merger commitment.

10 August 2020

Namibia blocks cement deal

Namibia’s Competition Commission has blocked a deal between two cement manufacturers due to concerns that the acquisition might have enabled their subsidiaries to collude in the market.

05 August 2020

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