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Merger Control

With antitrust and competition lawyers based across Africa and in jurisdictions around the world, we assist our clients with all aspects of merger control. 

We can help you navigate the complexities of different merger control regimes and coordinate our efforts to help deliver a consistent approach and timely outcome. We also act for clients who may not be parties to a transaction but are concerned about its impact (for example, suppliers or customers of the merging parties), who want to advocate for a particular approach to market definition, or who are interested in purchasing businesses being divested. 

Local insight, global reach: with lawyers in 20 African countries, our teams understand the political, legal, cultural and regulatory issues in the region. Our global Africa team itself comprises more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

Being one of the world’s largest law firms means we can deliver a fully integrated approach across multiple jurisdictions, drawing on the support of our international merger control team. This global footprint brings significant value in the merger clearance process, including a wealth of experience of regulatory regimes across the world alongside local relationships with national regulators. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • multi-jurisdictional assessments to determine where merger filings may be required and evaluate their implications on deal certainty, timing and outcome
  • structure of transactions, particularly joint ventures and their impact on the number and scope of required merger filings
  • drafting deal documentation to optimize a client’s position in relation to antitrust risk
  • evaluating the likelihood of merger control clearance and/or possible remedies that might be imposed
  • coordinating preparation of all required merger filings to ensure consistency of approach on key issues and to maximize timeliness and efficiency in getting through the regulatory process
  • managing responses to in-depth regulators investigations, maximizing the efficiency and timeliness of the regulatory process
  • drafting presentations, position papers and other advocacy materials, preparing clients for appearances before regulators, working with outside consultants such as economic experts
  • negotiating remedies in a timely fashion at the most opportune moments in the investigation
  • litigating the merits of an antitrust challenge if necessary 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.