Region: South Africa

South Africa greenlights BAT’s vaping deal

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally cleared British American Tobacco’s acquisition of an e-cigarette seller after the country’s antitrust enforcer had initially recommended blocking the deal.

14 August 2019

Mazwai appointed to lead South African tribunal

Two decades after its inception, South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has both its first female and first black chairperson.

05 August 2019

Former ambassador joins Indian enforcer

Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi has become a member at the Competition Commission of India, while Herbert Smith Freehills hired a new partner in South Africa and a Scottish firm has opened an office in Ireland to prepare for Brexit.

02 August 2019

Banks appeal against South African tribunal’s forex decision

Several banks targeted in South Africa’s probe of foreign exchange benchmark manipulation have challenged part of a Competition Tribunal ruling that found the court can issue an infringement order against certain banks – despite also finding it has no jurisdiction to fine those banks.

22 July 2019

South African enforcer loses predatory pricing appeal

In a split judgment, South Africa’s competition authority has lost an appeal before the country’s constitutional court, in a decision which grappled with the question of how to prove predatory pricing.

08 July 2019

South African authority clamps down on exclusivity abuse

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has fined the country’s largest supplier of vehicular licence plate materials €1 million for bundling practices and imposing exclusivity requirements on its customers.

28 June 2019

South African enforcer wary of used-car sale

The Competition Commission of South Africa will oppose technology investor Naspers’ attempted takeover of WeBuyCars, because the deal would prevent potential competitors from entering the online car sales market.

16 May 2019

South African enforcer grants retail group another lifeline

South Africa’s competition watchdog has conditionally approved a takeover of the country’s largest non-food retail group, in an attempt to save the company from collapse and avoid the loss of thousands of jobs.

01 May 2019

Chile and South Africa clamp down on roll-on, roll-off cartels

Chile’s competition tribunal has fined two shipping companies that participated in the global roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel, a day after South Africa’s competition authority recommended that a shipping liner be punished for its role in the same conspiracy.

25 April 2019

South Africa picks up enforcement activities

South Africa’s competition watchdog has referred three separate collusion cases to the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal, signalling the end of recent funding problems that caused it to halt new probes.

17 April 2019

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