Region: Asia-Pacific

SAMR boosts staff as antitrust enforcement remains in the spotlight

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation plans to increase the number of antitrust enforcement officials at its central branch in Beijing by nearly 50%, as the agency looks to continue its tougher approach to policing competition rules.

20 October 2021

Companies are “contemptuous” toward Australian merger rules, Sims says

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said the country’s merger control regime leads companies to sometimes take a “contemptuous” approach to the process, as he continues to champion a major overhaul of the system.

15 October 2021

India withholds cartel fines due to coronavirus for second time

India’s competition authority has said it will not fine eight companies that rigged bids and fixed prices for train parts, after deciding for only the second time not to punish businesses that broke the antitrust rules due to the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

14 October 2021

Australia seeks court injunction to halt fertility clinic deal

Australia’s competition watchdog has urged the country’s Federal Court to issue an interim injunction against two IVF providers, after the companies said they would close their proposed merger before the enforcer completed its deal review.

13 October 2021

Hong Kong tribunal hands resounding win to Shell and rival in cartel case

Hong Kong’s specialist competition court has found that an aluminium manufacturer failed to prove at trial that Shell and a rival fuel supplier colluded to fix prices, while criticising the plaintiff for engaging in a “fishing” expedition.

13 October 2021

Google seeks stay of Epic Games suit in Australia

Google has asked an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ claims that it is abusing its control over the Android operating system to harm competition for payments and app distribution, despite an appellate court denying a similar request by Apple.

13 October 2021

Korea clamps down on chicken cartel

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined seven of the country’s leading Samgye chicken producers a collective €18.1 million for agreeing to fix the prices of meat used in traditional ginseng soup.

12 October 2021

Russia blocks online advertising tie-up

Russia’s competition enforcer has blocked classified advertising platform Avito’s proposed purchase of online real estate marketplace Cian, citing concerns that the merged entity could be incentivised to abuse its dominant position.

11 October 2021

China slaps €460 million fine on food delivery platform

China’s competition enforcer has issued leading food delivery platform Meituan with its second-highest fine on record for forcing merchants to exclusively use its platform and pay a fee to do so.

08 October 2021

ACCC launches probe after logistics company closes deal without approval

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a probe into logistics company Qube’s completed acquisition of a bulk grain terminal – a week after the companies closed the deal despite the agency’s request to wait for approval.

07 October 2021

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