The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2016

China: Merger Control

10 February 2016

China’s merger control regime under the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML), which came into force in 2008, has continued to evolve in the past year, and in 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) took on a record number of cases, with acquisitions and joint venture agreements in the manufacturing sector forming the majority of deals notified. This year, only two cases were cleared with conditions,1 and approximately two-thirds of all cases notified were handled under the simplified procedure introduced in February 2014. Cases that did not raise substantive antitrust issues and fell within the designated categories were granted simplified treatment, and in the case of normal case reviews completed swiftly within Phase I (30 days).

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