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

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

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