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A conversation with Anton Roets, director, and Nicola Ilgner, senior associate at regional law firm Nortons Incorporated, on key issues on the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) merger control regime.
The merger control regime of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) came into force on 14 January 2013. COMESA is comprised of 21 African Member States, being Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland (Eswatini), Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Two new Member States, Somalia and Tunisia, joined in July 2018.
The COMESA Competition Commission (the COMESA Commission) enforces regional competition policy and a supra-national merger control regime, which is based on the COMESA Competition Regulations (the Competition Regulations) and the COMESA Competition Rules (the Competition Rules).
NOTE–to see whether notification thresholds in COMESA and throughout the world are met, see Where to Notify.
Following the commencement of the COMESA Commission in January 2013, concern was raised particularly in relation to the setting of the financial thresholds for the filing of mergers at zero, the relatively high filing fees and
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