Date: 3 August 2021
Time: 2:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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South Africa: Merger Control in Africa in 2021 – Where To Go From Here?

Multi-jurisdictional filings in Africa has increased over the past two decades and continues to grow as more national and regional bodies come online and actively enforce merger control provisions in their countries or regions. It isn't uncommon for international or pan-African firms to file in multiple jurisdictions across the continent, each with their own, sometimes unique, timelines, technical requirements and policy objectives. The maturation of these authorities and the pressure on economic regulators to assist with solving the developmental goals in economies across Africa also means that merger review is becoming more sophisticated and authorities are more likely to actively intervene, should transactions give rise to unwanted outcomes in certain markets, or be incompatible with the authority's developmental goals.

In this webinar our esteemed panel will provide an overview of recent developments and emerging trends in the merger control sphere across Africa, share stories and lessons learnt, and answer other burning questions, such as:
• Which African authorities lead the pack in terms of activity, enforcement and intervention?
• Which African states are in the process of amending their regulatory frameworks and what are the likely effects?
• What are the emerging policy trends across the continent? To what extent are public interest effects, such as employment, economic development and foreign ownership, becoming more important? How are various jurisdictions dealing with these challenges? 
• What is the best way to streamline and co-ordinate multiple African filings and rest-of world filings?
• How will the recent amendments to the South African Competition Act affect its merger control regime?
• Which formal and informal co-operation arrangements are in place between various African authorities and rest of the world authorities? How does it affect multi-jurisdictional filings?

Jocelyn Katz

Jocelyn Katz is an Executive and Head of ENSafrica’s Competition / Anti-Trust department. She specialises in all aspects of competition law, including mergers and the compilation of merger notifications, objections to mergers on behalf of interested parties, advising on transaction structures and complaint proceedings involving prohibited practices and abuses of dominance.

Jocelyn’s experience includes offering advice in terms of South Africa’s Corporate Leniency Policy, as well as on the running of various competition law audits and compliance education programmes for clients. Jocelyn has extensive experience in the complex competition law aspects of business rescue proceedings, has been involved in many local and international private equity transactions and has advised both acquirers and targets in the anti-trust elements of hostile takeover bids.

Lizél Blignaut

Lizél Blignaut is an Executive at ENSafrica. She practises as an economist in the Competition department, where she specialises in competition economics.

She has advised a diverse range of clients in South Africa and internationally in industries such as paper and packaging, mining and mineral beneficiation, manufacturing, financial services and insurance, healthcare, transport, telecommunications, agro-processing and fast moving consumer goods.

Lizél practices in all areas of competition economics and policy, including the economic analysis of the competitive and public interest impact of mergers and acquisitions, and the assessment of prohibited practices. She also advises clients on competition law compliance in emerging African jurisdictions including COMESA.

Aziza Mdee

Aziza Mdee is a Senior Associate in ENSafrica’s Competition / Anti-Trust department.

Aziza Mdee is a Senior Associate in ENSafrica’s Competition / Anti-Trust department. Her experience includes advising on all aspects of merger control, prohibited practices as well as abuse of dominance issues. She has advised on these topics from a South African competition law perspective and also has experience in various other African jurisdictions including Botswana, COMESA, eSwatini, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Justin Balkin

Justin Balkin is an Executive at ENSafrica in the Competition department.

He is involved in all aspects of competition law, including merger control and behavioural issues, in South Africa and in numerous other African jurisdictions with antitrust regimes.
His experience includes advising on transaction structures, merger transaction structures, statutory merger notifications, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, leniency policy, prosecuting and defending complaints, assisting with dawn raids, exemption applications and market inquiries, compiling merger notifications and the antitrust components of hostile takeover bids.

Justin has been involved in various contested proceedings in relation to cartel conduct, prohibited practices and abuses of dominance.

Amar Grewal-Thethy

Amar Grewal-Thethy is a Partner in the M&A practice at ENSafrica in Nairobi.

He specialises in banking, insurance, capital markets, joint ventures and private equity. He has been extensively involved in public take-overs and cross-border M&A in the region. Amar’s practice extends to advising on various aspects of competition law, merger control in particular.  He was previously the IBA Kenya country rapporteur for competition matters.

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