Asia Pacific Competition Highlights October 2020.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Competition & Antitrust

15 October 2020


In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Q3 2020 that may affect your business.


In this issue:


  • ACCC enters multilateral framework to strengthen cross-border enforcement

  • Guilty plea in first criminal charge for obstructing ACCC investigation

  • Merger review round up; non-publication of post-merger investigations

  • Digital Platforms Inquiry update: draft bargaining code; platforms respond



  • China releases Antitrust Guidelines on automotive sector and IP rights

  • China issues guidance for leniency regime and commitment process

  • Integrated circuit and software industries set as enforcement priorities


Hong Kong

  • HKCC accepts proposed commitments from seaport alliance

  • The Tribunal approves first cartel settlement

  • HKCC publishes policy on calculating fines



  • New omnibus law introduces higher administrative penalties and repeals criminal sanctions for substantive Anti-monopoly Law prohibitions

  • Competition authority issues new merger control guidelines



  • JFTC clears merger between Z Holdings Corporation and LINE Corporation



  • MyCC issues final market review report on  wholesale and retail sectors



  • New law exempts M&A transactions with value less than PHP 50 billion from compulsory notification



  • CCCS publishes study on e-commerce platforms and updates guidelines

  • CCCS issues Guidelines on Price Transparency

  • CCCS issues COVID-19 guidance on collaborations for supply of essentials

  • CCCS ends probe into online food delivery and virtual kitchen sectors



  • Nomination for four new commissioners in the TFTC by 31 October 2020

  • Cartel investigation into commercial fire insurance rate published by industry association



  • OTCC considers guidance for food delivery platform operators 

  • OTCC announces amendments to franchising guidelines



  • VCCA publishes several merger decisions

  • VCCA preparing to study aviation and e-commerce sectors


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Baker McKenzie


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