In April 2017, the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) conditionally approved a large merger between Brasseries Internationales Holdings (BIH) Ltd and Carlsberg Malawi Ltd (Carlsberg). BIH is the holding company of Castel Group, a French beverages company.
The second party to the merger, Carlsberg, is a beverages manufacturer participating solely in the Malawian market in Africa.
The merger spans four countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The conditions to the merger included a commitment to not engage in information exchange or anticompetitive behaviour; that retrenchment be withheld for a period of 24 months; that the company continue to build the capacity of its employees; and that contracts with local input suppliers not be terminated for a period of 12 months.
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