Hong Kong’s competition enforcer has for the first time launched proceedings following a successful leniency application regarding alleged cartel conduct.
British Airways and Qatar Airways have asked Australia’s competition watchdog to immunise an expanded alliance that covers nine routes from the UK to Australia through Doha.
It was a busy week in Hong Kong, where the competition watchdog and 10 companies involved in a decorators’ cartel argued over what the reasonable penalties should be in the first-ever case to reach the fining stage. While the commission sought certainty and penalties that deter hardcore anticompetitive conduct, the decorators argued for mitigating factors and a lessening of the fines. Justice Godfrey Lam Wan-ho, the president of Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal, said he would take the arguments under consideration and issue a written ruling in due course.
After several years of treading water, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has a new focus on platforms and improvements to its leniency regime, which bode well for the future of the country’s competition community. Matt Richards ranks the high performers.
Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has promoted Helen Gornall and brought back Maikel van Wissen as partners, while Marc Picat, Bharat Budholi and Luis Marin Tobar have moved to competitors.
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