Region: South Africa

South Africa orders Strongbow sale in €2.2 billion brewery tie-up

South Africa’s specialist competition tribunal has approved Heineken’s proposed acquisition of domestic brewer Distell, conditioned on the divestiture of its Strongbow cider brand plus a package of behavioural remedies to address employment and public interest concerns.

15 March 2023

South African tribunal upholds rare merger block

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has backed the country’s antitrust enforcer in blocking a deal between a pair of recycling companies, dismissing a package of newly-proposed remedies that the companies hoped would clinch its approval.

22 February 2023

Incoming antitrust protocol will bring competition law to all of Africa, COMESA head says

The head of COMESA's Competition Commission has said an incoming continent-wide competition protocol inspired by the EU’s Digital Markets Act will ensure all 55 members of the African Union can introduce and strengthen their own antitrust regimes.

20 February 2023

South Africa seeks remedy in solar power tie-up

South Africa’s Competition Commission has asked the country’s specialist competition tribunal to impose remedies on a multi-part solar power deal to prevent private equity group Old Mutual from using the transaction to facilitate information exchanges among its subsidiaries in the sector.

14 February 2023

South African tribunal urged to consult rivals on revised remedies in recycling merger appeal

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal is mulling if it can consider amended remedy proposals that have been revised on the final day of an appeal hearing as a pair of recycling companies challenge the national antitrust enforcer’s prohibition of their tie-up.

02 February 2023

South Korea

Featured in GCR 100 2023

Under new leader Han Ki-jeong, Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has signalled its intention to take tougher action against anticompetitive behaviour that impacts taxpayers.

12 December 2022

Pan-African enforcement regime on the horizon, South African minister says

There is “considerable scope” under a new African free trade agreement for a continent-wide “competition protocol” that facilitates more than just “friendly cooperation” between enforcers, South Africa’s trade and competition minister has said.

26 October 2022

South Africa: private practice perspective

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11 October 2022

South African enforcer must reconsider rejection of hostile merger filing

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered the country’s competition authority to reevaluate its decision not to consider a merger notification filed by a major publisher attempting to take over a paper and plastics manufacturer.

03 October 2022

South African editors call for antitrust reform to protect against Big Tech

A journalism-focused non-profit has called on the Competition Commission of South Africa to reform the country’s competition regulation in the digital economy to ensure fair competition between news organisations and large technology platforms like Google and Meta.

23 September 2022

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