Competition enforcers from Australia and Korea have joined a growing chorus of voices expressing concerns about divergent leniency regimes, which they say discourage companies from applying.
Vietnam’s Competition Council has found Grab did not need to notify its acquisition of Uber’s southeast Asian business, despite the country’s separate competition authority earlier finding the deal violated Vietnam’s competition law.
Our lead story this week focuses on the work by Japan's Fair Trade Commission. The Japanese competition authority tends to keep its investigations quiet until they are concluded, but we heard this week about its dawn raids on contact lens makers. The agency was more vocal about its advocacy work, as Commissioner Reiko Aoki and other senior officials demonstrated recently at the competition conference held by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But even when there are slow weeks in Asia Pacific-antitrust enforcement, we can count on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to keep humming along.
Equipped with a new competition law as of December 2015, Hong Kong has embarked on an ambitious journey to bring strong enforcement to one of the world’s richest, but smallest, territories. Charles McConnell watches the fledgling enforcer’s first forays into antitrust.
Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.
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