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Commitments offered in Singapore laboratory deal

Commitments offered in Singapore laboratory deal

21 June 2019

Pathology Asia has offered commitments to allay concerns that its purchase and merging of pathology companies Innovative Diagnostics and Quest Laboratories will harm competition.

Summer reading: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 21 June 2019

21 June 2019

GCR had a busy week in Asia. Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission hosted a conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, welcoming enforcers from around the world to discuss competition in the digital economy. After flying back from Taipei, it was off to the University of Hong Kong, which joined forced with Lingnan University and the University of Florida to host practitioners, academics and enforcers discussing similar issues during a two-day conference. Meanwhile, news continued to happen throughout the region and we have coverage of that for you too.

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

DG Comp official acknowledges burdensome merger control requirements

20 June 2019

The European Commission is aware of the “heavy burden” it places on companies to provide internal documents during a merger review, an official at the competition enforcer has said while pointing to how this can help to clear deals.

EU lawyers warn against value-based merger thresholds

EU lawyers warn against value-based merger thresholds

20 June 2019

Lawyers have responded with caution to the EU competition commissioner’s suggestion that her agency may introduce value-based notification thresholds to capture significant deals in the digital sector.

Hong Kong enforcer: Competition concerns could explain slow tech progress

Hong Kong enforcer: Competition concerns could explain slow tech progress

20 June 2019

Competition concerns could help explain the lack of digital technology options – especially in the financial services and insurance industries – in Hong Kong, the head of the territory’s antitrust watchdog has said.

Brazil quashes two Google probes but may start another

Brazil quashes two Google probes but may start another

20 June 2019

A tribunal in Brazil voted yesterday to close two probes against Google related to its shopping and advertising businesses, but recommended launching an investigation into the company’s alleged dominance in the search market and news vertical.

Japan approves sweeping cartel enforcement reforms

Japan approves sweeping cartel enforcement reforms

20 June 2019

Japan’s competition authority has secured sweeping new powers designed to make cartel fines more flexible and provide greater incentives for companies to cooperate with the authority in cartel investigations.

Data interoperability balances tech priorities, EU report author says

Data interoperability balances tech priorities, EU report author says

20 June 2019

Requiring data interoperability may enable the social benefits of technology efficiencies while resolving competition concerns, an author of an EU report on digital markets has said.

Receipt paper suppliers drop deal in fear of Phase II probe

Receipt paper suppliers drop deal in fear of Phase II probe

19 June 2019

A supplier of receipt rolls and labels has pulled out of a deal to acquire two rivals, claiming that the UK’s antitrust enforcer was going to open an in-depth review.

Vestager: EU is considering value-based thresholds

Vestager: EU is considering value-based thresholds

19 June 2019

The European Commission may introduce value-based merger notification thresholds to ensure it reviews significant deals in the digital economy, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.