BizTrends 2018


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Commission approves tie-up between surfwear titans Billabong and Boardriders

The Competition Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Billabong International Limited by global branded apparel business Boardriders Inc.

19 Apr 2018

Competition Tribunal gives the green light for Netcare/Akeso deal

The Competition Tribunal has approved Netcare's acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a group of 12 dedicated mental healthcare facilities...

19 Mar 2018

In blockbuster antitrust trial, Big Tech looms in background

In the biggest antitrust court battle in decades, the US government will seek to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner to prevent the creation of a powerful new television behemoth...

19 Mar 2018

Media24 admits to price fixing

Media24 has admitted to price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, says the Competition Commission of South Africa...

16 Mar 2018

France to take legal action against Google, Apple for 'abusive' practices

PARIS, France - France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war...

15 Mar 2018

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps...

7 Mar 2018

Competition Commission red lights Airlink and Safair merger

The proposed merger of airlines Airlink and Safair was blocked by the Competition Commission on Friday...

26 Feb 2018

Banks and insurers under fire

The Competition Commission is gearing up to play hardball with banks and insurance companies, saying on Thursday that the days for talking were past and it had prioritised the financial services sector for "enforcement"...

By Hanna Ziady 19 Feb 2018

SA Airlink excessive pricing case heads for tribunal

Privately-owned regional carrier SA Airlink is to face prosecution after its passengers on the Johannesburg-Mthatha route overpaid about R100m over five years, the Competition Commission said this week...

16 Feb 2018

Tribunal to tackle Eskom collusion

The Competition Commission has referred a R4.5bn tender-rigging case involving Eskom suppliers to the Competition Tribunal after the regulator proceeded with its investigation despite Eskom's attempts to withdraw the matter...

7 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest"...

24 Jan 2018

Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion

The Competition Commission's probe into the supply of school uniforms has so far established that various schools had made exclusive supply deals with stockists...

16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Eight trends in Competition Law in 2018

As the Competition Amendment Bill seeks to give competition authorities bigger teeth, so we are likely to see greater enforcement and an impact on commercial dealings in the year to come...

By Leana Engelbrecht 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Competition Commission's inquiry into data costs finalised in 2018

The past two years have seen the Competition Commission undertake a number of market inquiries involving the retail, healthcare and public passenger transport markets. However, few market inquiries have captured the attention of South African consumers more than the inquiry into the high costs of data...

By Burton Phillips 8 Jan 2018

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