Region: South Africa

Roche faces high fines for excessive pricing

The Competition Commission of South Africa has asked the country’s specialist tribunal to fine Roche and two of its subsidiaries for excessively pricing a life-saving breast cancer treatment drug for nearly a decade.

09 February 2022

South African tribunal refuses cartel confession walk back

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has rejected an auto repair shop’s request to renege on a cartel settlement agreement with the country’s antitrust watchdog on grounds of economic hardship and lack of legal representation.

07 January 2022

South Africa caps coronavirus test prices in excessive pricing settlements

South Africa’s antitrust authority has settled excessive pricing probes into three major covid-19 testing labs, agreeing maximum price caps that local lawyers have criticised as tantamount to price regulation.

13 December 2021

South Africa

Featured in GCR 100 2022

South Africa’s Competition Commission was one of the most active enforcers during the coronavirus pandemic, keeping firms occupied with investigations and market inquiries while also flexing its new-found merger control powers.

10 December 2021

South Africa blocks chemicals merger

South Africa's antitrust authority has blocked a tie-up between the country’s sole liquid cyanide producer and a Czech-based rival, finding that the deal would harm competition through “inevitable post-merger price increases”.

03 December 2021

G7 report urges coordinated global response to Big Tech

A report published by antitrust chiefs from the G7 nations and four guest countries has highlighted the historic global underenforcement of digital mergers and the importance of understanding new technologies to combat harm to competition earlier.

29 November 2021

Banks challenge legality of South African forex referral

Several banks that allegedly fixed foreign exchange rates have accused South Africa’s competition enforcer of unlawfully including them in a referral to the country’s specialist competition tribunal when seeking fines against the companies.

29 November 2021

Top South African court reinstates private hospital deal block

South Africa’s highest court has backed the country’s antitrust authority and specialist competition tribunal in blocking a private healthcare deal, as it criticised an appellate court for overturning a prohibition decision that was not “clearly wrong”.

18 October 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

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

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