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Competition Bureau Names New Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Competition Promotion Branch

Posted in Competition Compliance Programs, Foreign Investment, Marketing & Advertising, Monopolization, Pricing and Distribution, Trade Associations, Uncategorized
On October 3, 2014, the Commissioner of Competition (“Commissioner”) announced the appointment of Rambod Behboodi as the Deputy Commissioner of the Competition Promotion Branch – the new branch within the Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) that will be created as part of the Bureau’s realignment initiative, where its existing eight branches will be consolidated into four.  The… Continue Reading

Appointment of New Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition

Posted in Abuse of Dominance, Cartels & Other Competition Criminal Matters, Competition Compliance Programs, Merger Notification & Review, Uncategorized
On June 5, 2014, Lisa Campbell was appointed to the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition of the Merger Branch of the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”).  Ms. Campbell was mostly recently the Deputy Commissioner of the Fair Business Practices Branch of the Bureau.  A week later on June 12, 2014, Ms. Campbell gave a… Continue Reading

South Africa – Healthcare inquiry finally out of the waiting room

Posted in Uncategorized
In January 2014 the South African Competition Commission used its newly acquired powers to launch a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector. Unsurprisingly, this has caused concern among industry participants keen to learn what this means for their business. After suffering an initial setback from a challenge regarding the independence of a third party… Continue Reading

Home Grown Appointments Made to Settle South African Competition Authority

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A re-elected South African government confirmed the re-appointment of Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel on May 25, 2014. The ministry is responsible for the implementation of South Africa’s competition policy. His was not the only important recent appointment. Just last week Minister Patel announced the appointment of Mr Tembinkosi Bonakele as Competition Commissioner… Continue Reading

Canadian Competition Bureau Finalizes Two New Pre-Merger Notification Interpretation Guidelines

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On April 25, 2013, the Canadian Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) published two new pre-merger notification interpretation guidelines. Subject to limited exceptions, mergers are pre-notifiable in Canada if specified party-size and transaction-size notification thresholds are satisfied. Pre-merger notification interpretation guidelines issued by the Bureau provide guidance on when filing exemptions may apply, how pre-notification thresholds should… Continue Reading