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Role of public interest criteria in assessment of mergers

This is always a hot topic in competition policy discussions, especially since South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to have a formal approach to the assessment of public interest issues by an independent competition agency during the merger approval process. This is an interview I participated in at Deal Flow with host Erika van der Merwe and Webber Wentzel partner Robert Wilson. Pity we didn’t have enough time to fully explore that (tangential) philosophical debate on the role of business in supporting policies geared at employment generation. With years of jobless growth behind us, I think this is a debate we should all have more often.