Competition concerns lead to a de­merger, five years after implementation

Genesis Analytics assisted in the case of a forestry merger that developed into one of the longest­running merger trials in South Africa. Genesis was successful in assisting AC Whitcher, a sawmilling company in the Tsitsikamma area, in opposing an intermediate vertical merger, which had initially been approved without conditions by the Commission. Genesis highlighted the potential anti­ competitive effects of the merger, which resulted in it being approved only subject to stringent supply conditions.

Following further litigation, the merged entity decided to unbundle the transaction.