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There was a massive increase in the value of mergers and acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the first half of 2021. This was due, in part, to the post-pandemic boost, where deals that were delayed last year, were able to proceed in 2021. Also spurring investment in SSA was the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area, strengthening relationships with Africa’s key trading partners, as well as rising demand in key industry sectors such as materials, power and energy, technology and telecommunications.

We are committed to creating cultures of integrity expanding through initiatives that help us strengthen ethics, compliance, and responsibility on a day-to-day basis with sustainable results. As a result we developed the Compliance Community Connect videos to help our clients and friends. Baker McKenzie Associate, Gerardo Calderon, talks about Antitrust in this second installment of Compliance Community Connect.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore will issue a Business Collaboration Guidance Note to provide businesses with more clarity on common horizontal, vertical and lateral collaborations between competitors. The draft Guidance Note also aims at encouraging collaborations that have pro-competitive effects. It covers six common types of business collaborations: information sharing, joint production, joint commercialization, joint purchasing, joint research and development, and standardization.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore’s (CCCS) Guidance Note on Collaborations between Competitors in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (“COVID-19 Guidance Note”) expires on 31 July 2021. The CCCS intends to issue a Business Collaboration Guidance Note to ‘provide businesses with more clarity on common collaborations between competitors’. This is so that ‘businesses can collaborate in compliance with competition law with greater confidence’.

In this Quick Chat video, Baker McKenzie’s Labor and Employment, Trade Secrets and Antitrust lawyers explore the impact on employers of the severe limitations on post-employment noncompete restrictions outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy and the supporting Fact Sheet.

• The latest video and podcast will cover:
• the importance of having up-to-date automated accounting procedures, effective manual accounting procedures, and trained accounting staff: The SEC’s latest accounting case against Tandy Leather Factory Inc. and its former chief executive officer Shannon Greene.
• indictment of Trump advisor Thomas Barrack
• Biden Executive Order on promoting competition