South African and African Competition Law Update

South African Competition Law Developments 1. Competition Commission Issues Draft Public Interest Guidelines for Merger Control 2. Competition Appeal Court Dismisses Alleged Forex Cartel Case against Most Respondents 3. Competition Tribunal Prohibits Proposed Merger between Akzo Nobel and Kansai Plascon 4. Sekunjalo Group Denied Leave to Appeal to the Constitutional Court 5. Competition Commission Recommends … Read more

Five Years of Activity in a Priority Sector: The European Commission’s Report on Competition Enforcement in the Pharmaceutical Sector (2018-2022)

The European Commission (“Commission“) has published a comprehensive report showcasing the strengthening of antitrust and merger control enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector in the EU over the last five years (2018-2022). The report, produced by the Commission in cooperation with the 27 national competition authorities (“NCAs“), builds on the previous report covering the period 2009-2017, … Read more

Clarity: Over the Hills and (F)Far Away? The FIFA Football Agents Regulations and their interplay with competition law

Following the publication of this article, on 30 December 2023 FIFA temporarily suspended the implementation of parts of the FFAR globally until the CJEU renders its judgment following the preliminary reference from the Regional Court of Mainz. It has stated this is to avoid creating “unequal legal standards within the international transfer system” (see FIFA … Read more

FRANCOPHONE AFRICA COMPETITION LAW UPDATE

REGIONAL CEMAC A. INSTITUTIONAL UPDATES New composition of the CEMAC Commission effective since 2 June 2023 10th and 11th sessions of the CEMAC Competition Community Council (CCC) About the CEMAC website B. MERGER CONTROL UPDATES Publication of summaries of notifications filed with the CEMAC Commission on its website or on the CCC’s website Clearance of … Read more

A year in market studies

Market studies are one of the key tools available to the CMA and sector regulators (such as the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) and the Office for Communications (Ofcom)) to assess whether markets are functioning competitively and producing good outcomes for consumers. This year we have seen a prevalence of these studies, in particular … Read more

South African and African Competition Law Update

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW DEVELOPMENTS 1. Competition Commission Publishes Final Terms of Reference for Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry 2. Final Online Intermediation Platforms Market Inquiry Report Published by Competition Commission 3. Competition Appeal Court Considers Whether More than One Extension to Interim Relief Order May Permissibly be Granted Under Section 49C of the … Read more

CRTea Podcast Series – Episode 3: Taking stock: Sustainability, Competition law and the Consumer sector

In our latest episode Helen Bignall (Of Counsel) and Clemence Barraud (Senior Associate) from our London Competition, Regulation and Trade group share insights around sustainability, particularly in the context of competition law and the consumer sector. They discuss the CMA’s draft guidance on the competition law assessment of environmental sustainability agreements, CMA market studies and … Read more