- Significant Matters
Competition law presents various challenges for companies doing business in Africa. The number of competition law regimes across Africa has increased significantly in recent years and national regulators across the continent are becoming increasingly active.
There are also a number of regional intergovernmental organisations regulating competition, for example, the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
We are at the forefront of developments in African competition law. We monitor competition law developments in various jurisdictions. Our internationally recognised competition law experts participate in special committees on competition law; actively comment on draft legislation, guidelines and amendments in a variety of African countries;and regularly contribute to local and international competition law publications.
We were named Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year for two consecutive years, in 2014 and 2015, at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa.
We have consistently been included in the GCR 100, a ranking of the world’s top 100 competition law firms, and, according to IFLR1000, we are “most definitely considered a front-runner in the market” and our peers praise the “consistent quality” of our work.
We provide a full range of competition and anti-trust law services including in relation to: merger control, cartels and markets,abuse of dominance and other restrictive practices, and trade issues such as the implications of commercial and exclusivity agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances. We also provide competition law compliance training and conduct competition law audits. We have significant depth of experience in, and knowledge of, most sectors.
Our clients include local and international businesses operating in Africa as well as multi-national operations investing in Africa.
Our specialist services include:
- Merger control across a range of industries
- Behavioural work including cartels and markets, abuse of dominance and other restrictive practices
- Compliance programmes and policies
- Legislative developments
- Trade issues including advisory work on a range of competition law issues such as the implications of commercial agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances
- Royal Bafokeng’s acquisition of mining infrastructure and assets
- PPC’s proposed merger negotiations
- AB InBev’s exit from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
- ICASA’s enquiry into the pay-TV market
- Harmony Gold’s acquisition of mines and related infrastructure
- Cell C successfully defends ICASA regulatory breach complaint
- Weetabix Group
- General Motors South Africa
- Merging parties
- Imperial Holding’s transitional services arrangements with Hollard and Regent
- HNA Group
- Safran S.A.
- Local counsel on acquisition of La Compagnie d’Exploitation des Services Auxiliaires Aériens S.A by HNA Aviation Group
- ARM Cement Limited
- Liquidators for Nationwide Airlines
- OMP Africa Investment Company Proprietary Limited
- Africa competition counsel