Adams and Adams is pleased with another good outcome for Intercape

In a judgement delivered on Tuesday 10 January, Judge John Smith dismissed Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s appeal against a court order compelling him and Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Xolile Edmund Nqatha, to develop a comprehensive action plan to stop attacks on Intercape’s long-distance buses. In the minister’s appeal, Mbalula argued that the court erred in requiring […]

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The Competition Commission (“Commission”) launched its market inquiry into online intermediation platforms (“OIPMI / the Inquiry”) on the 19th of May 2021. We previously set out what this may mean for your business as well as a brief analysis of the Commission’s further statement of issues – in this article we consider what has happened […]

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Power coupled with Duty, the Intercape story

Courts are not designed to govern. That is the government’s job, involving budget allocations and tough choices, sometimes between life and death. The distribution of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary create a carefully crafted balance, designed to deliver on the vision of the Constitution. If the balance is disturbed, the system […]

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The Competition Commission & OIPMI – Full Steam Ahead

On the 19th of May 2021, the South African Competition Commission (“Commission”) formally initiated a market inquiry into the online intermediation platform market (“OIPMI”) in terms of Section 43B(i)(a) of the Competition Act, 89 of 1998 (“the Act”). The Commission released a Statement of Issues and extensively engaged with stakeholders both through Requests for Information […]

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Adams & Adams welcomes first female chairperson and further members of the management committee

As we commemorated International Women’s Day on 8 March celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, Adams & Adams is pleased to announce that Kelly Thompson has been named as the first female chairperson of the firm in its 113-year history. Thompson, an experienced trade mark litigation attorney, is one of 28 women […]

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Adams & Adams named South African IP Law Firm of the Year – Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers®, a highly respected legal profession peer review publication recently announced their Best Lawyers® list for 2021 acknowledging outstanding global firms and lawyers. In the latest edition, Adams & Adams scooped the top spot for Law Firm of the Year, Intellectual Property Law in South Africa. In addition, 13 Adams & Adams Partners are […]

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Guidelines on the Enforcement of Buyer Power Regulations

Companies now have further clarity on the enforcement of competition law, particularly regarding the Competition Act’s price discrimination and buyer power provisions. The Competition Commission (“Commission”) recently published guidelines on how the ‘Buyer Power’ regulations will be enforced. The Buyer Power regulations – essentially aimed at levelling the playing field for companies – will assist […]

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Merger Regulations Post-COVID-19

The competition authorities, being the Competition Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) and the Competition Commission (“the Commission”), are already in the thick of it when it comes to regulating markets and competition in the COVID-19 world afflicted by lockdowns and economic restrictions amongst other considerations.

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A Competitor’s Guide to COVID-19

Individuals, corporations and the economy have all fallen victim to the devastating impact of COVID-19 (“the coronavirus”). However, the recent regulations published by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Patel, intends to bring some relief to the economy in its bid to fight the pandemic.

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Competing with COVID-19

We invite you to contact our Competition Law Team if you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 regulations under the Competition Act, or any related matter.

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