The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2012

Hong Kong: Overview

In a landmark move that marked the beginning of Hong Kong’s journey towards introducing a general, economy-wide competition law, the government introduced the Competition Bill (the Bill) to the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) in July 2010. The Bill has led to intense public debate and widespread concerns among the business community, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). If adopted, the Bill will overhaul the existing competition law landscape in Hong Kong to replace Hong Kong’s sector-specific competition laws that currently apply only to the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, and would bring Hong Kong into line with international laws.