The Long(er) Arm of Malawi’s Competition Law: CFTC Investigates Foreign Textbook Supplier in Cartel Probe

By Michael-James Currie In a potential first, Malawi’s Competition and Fair Trade Commission’s (CFTC) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Charlotte Malonda, recently announced that the CFTC is investigating a UK-based supplier of textbooks, Mallory International, for alleged cartel conduct.  Mallory had partnered up with a local company, Maneno Books Investments, as part of a joint venture, […]

#COMESA21: New member states, new commissioners

#COMESA21 In a milestone enlargement of the (now formerly) 19-member COMESA region, Tunisia and Somalia have acceded to the trade bloc at the 20th COMESA Summit on 19th July 2018, creating #COMESA21 – Africa’s largest free trade region. Their application to join had been pending since 2016.  Under the Treaty, the new members will be bound by […]

Cooperation, handshakes & MoUs: all the rage in African antitrust?

Significant Strides made to Promote Harmonisation across African Competition Agencies By AAT Senior Contributor, Michael-James Currie. In the past 12 months there has been a steady drive by competition law agencies in Africa to promote harmonisation between the respective jurisdictions. The African regional competition authority, the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC), has entered into memorandum of […]

Merger Control in Africa: Hot Topic at the 2016 ABA Spring Meeting

Key competition-law conference features dedicated panel discussion on African antitrust developments By Michael-James Currie The 54th annual American Bar Association Antitrust Spring Meeting was held in Washington, D.C., during the second week of April 2016 and the AAT editors were there to ensure that we provide our readers with an update on the latest developments in […]

Two new COMESA competition commissioners seated

COMESA grows to 11-member Commission Numerous in personnel, yet still displaying a dearth of actual case-law development even in merely the one area in which the COMESA Competition Commission has been active — mergers — the agency recently appointed two new (indeed, additional, as the number grew from 9 to 11) Commissioners for the standard term […]

First set of Merger Assessment Guidelines made available by CFTC

Malawi Releases 2015 ‘Merger Assessment Guidelines’ By Michael J. Currie A number of African jurisdictions have recently published guidelines relating to merger control (which we have reported here on Africanantitrust). During 2015, Malawi’s Competition and Fair Trading Commission (“CFTC”, whose web site appears to be down at the time of publication (http://www.cftc.mw), followed suit and published Merger […]

MergerMania update: COMESA CCC clears 5 notified mergers

COMESA CCC clears 5 notified mergers At their July 29, 2015 meeting, COMESA Competition Commissioners Chikankheni, Langa, and Okilangole rendered decisions in five merger cases notified earlier in the spring.  The affected sectors are: Packaging (Nampak), Retail (Steinhoff), Academic Publishing (Springer Verlag), Telecom Towers (Eaton Towers), and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (Coca-Cola). Ethos/Nampak MER/03/01/2015 SOM/8/2015 Decision/10/2015  29/07/2015 […]

MergerMania: Are CCC notifications picking up pace unnoticed?

COMESA Merger Mania To answer our rhetorical question in the title above: We don’t believe so.  For the merger junkies among our readership, here is AAT’s latest instalment of “COMESA MergerMania” — AfricanAntitrust’s occasional look at merger matters reviewed by the young multi-jurisdictional competition enforcers in south/eastern Africa.  (To see our last post on COMESA […]

Finally: One step forward for COMESA merger enforcement? New rules, new commissioners

Clarification or not? Amended Rules for Merger Notification Repealing the oft-criticised original 2012 Rules on the Determination of Merger Notification Threshold, the COMESA Board of Commissioners approved on March 26, 2015 the new set of Amended Merger Rules. These are ostensibly meant to permit parties and their legal counsel a more meaningful determination of filing […]

COMESA antitrust authority swears in 4 new commissioners

Four new Commissioners sworn in – while COMESA’s own site fails to make announcement We do not commonly report on news from the Seychelles here on AAT, but today, the Office of the President of the Seychelles has in fact beat AAT (as well as the COMESA Competition Commission itself (!)) to it: as the […]