Breakout Session 4: Developing an Investigation Plan. Fifth Annual African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference Livingstone, Zambia. Overview. Competition laws Merger analysis: a very brief review A taxonomy of transactions Unilateral effects of horizontal mergers
Fifth Annual African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference
→ Beware presumptions based on “characteristics”!
Identify issues based on authority
Does the available information suggest any compelling way the issues pose a potential competitive problem?
Is there any information that rules out a potential for a competitive problem, such as a large number of significant competitors or low barriers to entry?
Before concluding ask what further investigation would be helpful
Manufacturers / Suppliers
(e.g. Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Cadbury, Unilever, Nestle)
(e.g. BigBox and Eagle)
(e.g. superettes, garage forecourts)
In support of their case for approval, the merging parties submit that:
The competition authority has compiled the following information from the responses to initial information requests