The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2018

Hong Kong: Overview

16 March 2018

Overview More than two years have passed since the Competition Ordinance (CO) – the first economy-wide competition law in Hong Kong – came into force on 14 December 2015. Building on a solid first year, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) made further progress in its second year by launching a small number of ‘firsts’, such as taking the first two cases to the Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal) – the specialist court established by the CO – and issuing the first block exemption order (for the liner shipping industry). However, overall output remained modest due to the relative nascency of the regime and potentially also due to an overhaul of the Commission’s senior leadership team during the year.

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