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New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

18 March 2019

Senior officials at competition authorities in Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar have said their agencies are building capacity, issuing guidelines and preparing to bring cases.

Japan considers how to address digital economy

Japan considers how to address digital economy

15 March 2019

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

Thai enforcer shops for cases

Thai enforcer shops for cases

11 March 2019

Thailand’s newly-independent competition authority continues to staff up and is looking to enforce the law as well as educate businesses about antitrust rules, a senior official at the agency has said.

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

07 March 2019

The way that Grab and Uber went about their merger demonstrates a need for greater enforcement power, a top official at Singapore’s competition watchdog has said.

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

Malaysia seeks to have merger control by year’s end

07 March 2019

Malaysia’s Competition Commission aims to implement a merger control regime by the end of this year, the authority’s chair has said.

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

Pre-merger notification and more awaited in Indonesia

07 March 2019

Indonesia’s competition enforcer hopes to gain jurisdiction over foreign companies, a leniency programme, pre-merger notifications and other changes before national elections in April, a senior official at the agency has said.

UK models antitrust alternatives

UK models antitrust alternatives

15 February 2019

As some US officials call for the development of competition policy by means other than antitrust enforcement, current and former members of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority have touted market investigations as such a tool.

Focus on competition for the market, says DG Comp deputy economist

Focus on competition for the market, says DG Comp deputy economist

08 February 2019

The rise of “superstar” companies means the focus of antitrust enforcers has shifted from “competition in the market to competition for the market” – and thus potential competition, Hans Zenger has said.

DG Comp pharma director keynotes GCR Live

07 February 2019

Early-bird tickets are available for one more week to hear Paul Csiszár – director of basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition – speak in Washington, DC, on 28 February.

Ex-OFT economist warns of retrospective misuse

Ex-OFT economist warns of retrospective misuse

06 February 2019

The former director of economics at the UK’s competition enforcer emphasised the importance of analysing the buyer’s rationale for a deal when evaluating a merger, but questioned how much insight could be extracted from a retrospective review.