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Competition law merger guide: Africa


Merger control regimes have been introduced across Africa at an unprecedented rate in recent years. With only a handful of jurisdictions having an operational merger control regime in 2000, there are now over 25 jurisdictions (both domestic and regional) with operational merger control regimes.      

In the first half of 2019, merger control authorities in Angola and Nigeria have become operational, with Mozambique expected to become operational soon. In addition to the numerous domestic merger control regimes, there are no less than four regional merger control regimes on the continent, with the East African Community being the most recent to become operational.  

With more countries in Africa adopting merger control regimes, merger control law must be front of mind when conducting business, and investing, in Africa.  


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