A textbook cartel case: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 27 March 2020

Charles McConnell

27 March 2020

Australia’s competition watchdog has authorised competitors to collaborate in four key industries as the country tries to battle back against the covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted global and local supply chains, halted most travel and left consumers and businesses scrambling. The ACCC has a well-oiled authorisations machine, and its staff have experience assessing requests to authorise certain conduct – albeit likely not on such short timetables – but other countries have issued broad policy statements in response to the crisis. Competition authorities in Asia-Pacific are trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy, as a new cartel case was brought in Hong Kong and Japan released its findings from a market inquiry.