Africa Competition Law Update

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW DEVELOPMENTS Constitutional Court seeks to clarify jurisdictional boundaries of competition authorities in group five judgment Competition Appeal Court elaborates on third party rights of participation in large merger proceedings Competition Appeal Court engages with appropriate approach to characterisation of cartel conduct in Competition Commission v Irvin & Johnson and another Competition … Read more

Africa Competition Law Update

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW DEVELOPMENTS Competition Appeal Court upholds decision finding Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Ltd in breach of merger conditions Competition Appeal Court engages in characterisation exercise in assessment of alleged collusion in Tourvest Holdings (Pty) Ltd v Competition Commission and Another Competition Commission issues Practice Note on the Promotion of Competition and Inclusion … Read more

Overview of EU and South African regulatory and competition law in the Pharma sector

We are delighted that our overviews of regulatory and competition law in the EU and South Africa have now been published as jurisdictional contributions to the Lexology Getting the Deal Through Pharmaceutical Antitrust guide. The online publication serves as a quick reference guide enabling side-by-side comparison of local insights into pharmaceutical regulatory law (framework, authorities, … Read more

Africa Competition Law Update

HSF AFRICA MERGER TOOL LAUNCHING SOON We will soon be launching an informative guide on the current state of merger control competition regulation across Africa. The effective regulation of competition continues to be a key development focus in Africa, especially as Africa remains a growing foreign investment destination. Merger regulation regimes have been implemented in various countries … Read more

Competition law in the pharma sector – Developments and what’s to come in 2022

In this update, our pharma sector competition law experts in Brussels, the UK, Germany, South Africa and China look at a number of recent competition law developments of impact to the sector. This is a selective list of developments that have practical implications on the way pharma companies do business. European Union The pharma sector … Read more


DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA Competition commission initiates a market inquiry into the online intermediation platform market Competition commission publishes final guidelines for competition in the South African automotive market The commission is consulting stakeholders in respect of proposed codes of conduct in the food supply chain The CCSA finalises it’s inquiry into the land based … Read more

Constitutional Court weakens the statute of limitation against the prosecution of a prohibited practice more than three years after it has ceased

On 24 June 2020, the Constitutional Court (“Court”) issued its decision in the Competition Commission’s appeal from the Competition Appeal Court (“CAC”) in Competition Commission v Pickfords Removals SA (Pty) Ltd (CCT123/19) [2020] ZACC 14. The judgment dealt with: the effective date of complaint initiation into a prohibited practice in circumstances where a firm was … Read more

South Africa uses competition laws to facilitate its response to COVID-19

Following our recent post on COVID-19 and its impact on competition law in Europe, South Africa has added its name to the list of countries using competition laws as a tool both to facilitate the healthcare response to the pandemic and protect consumers from exploitation. On 15 March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was declared to … Read more

2019 African competition law year in review

The below brief addresses a number of interesting developments that occurred in the competition space across Africa during the course of 2019. In South Africa, we consider the amendments to the Competition Act, the enforcement approach to the new buyer power and price discrimination provisions, outcomes of the market inquiries into private healthcare, the grocery … Read more