The South African Competition Authority publishes guidelines that will require small mergers in the digital market to be notified for review

South Africa: Small merger notifications: the SACC joins the European commission in expanding the application of small merger notifications to ‘Digital Markets’* Introduction The South African Competition Commission (“SACC”) recently published amended draft guidelines for notification of small mergers in “digital markets” (“Digital Merger Guidelines”). The Digital Merger Guidelines seek to amend the SACC’s existing guidelines on small merger notification and marks a significant change to the assessment of mergers in South Africa. Judging from past experiences, the Digital Merger Guidelines are unlikely to be changed significantly, before being made final. Background to Digital Merger Guidelines Competition discourse in recent years have been largely centered around the regulation of

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Laura Rossman, Charl Van Der Merwe, The South African Competition Authority publishes guidelines that will require small mergers in the digital market to be notified for review, 18 May 2021, e-Competitions May 2021, Art. N° 100805

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