24 May 2024

Navigating multi-jurisdictional mergers in Africa

In a recent article with Martin Versfeld and Lebohang Makhubedu of Webber Wentzel, RBB's Patrick Smith, Ricky Mann and Daniela Lamparelli review the changing regulatory environment across Africa's markets, and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented to firms that wish to pursue multi-jurisdictional mergers.

Having recently advised on two multi-jurisdictional mergers involving over 20 jurisdictions, with each spanning over 18 months, Webber Wentzel and RBB Economics' experience with various African competition authorities makes for a worthy case study for companies that require merger filing across Africa. The first transaction involved Dutch brewer Heineken, Namibia Breweries and Distell, and the second transaction involved Dutch coatings manufacturer, Akzo Nobel, seeking to acquire the two African entities of Japan's Kansai Paint.

Read the full article on Webber Wentzel's website.

Article originally published in Business Day's Business Law and Tax insights May 2024 edition.

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