The Comesa Competition Commission’s
head of M&A, Willard Mwemba, discusses how the
body’s merger review process has evolved since
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)
Competition Commission (CCC) began operations in January 2013.
Its establishment was just in time: interest in dealmaking in
Africa has soared. After only two years of operation, the CCC
has witnessed a dramatic increase in the transactions it has
Like any new regulator, the CCC has had some teething
problems. It has, however, worked to answer questions and
clarify its position on various issues. In October 2014 it
released its Merger Assessment Guidelines to narrow its
zero-threshold requirement, as well as require a more obvious
regional nexus for transaction review. And more guidance is
Willard Mwemba, the CCC's head of M&A, spoke with IFLR
about some of CCC's recent changes to its merger control...