Asia Pacific

This is not a drill: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 15 November 2019

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” – where there are the signs of something, that something likely exists. Competition enforcers believe that applies to their approach: that if it appears that a merger will harm competition, then it likely will. And especially in already-consolidated sectors, antitrust watchdogs see themselves as the fire doors preventing the harm from spreading. We have coverage this week of a conditionally cleared deal in the consolidating Korean telecommunications market; preliminary concerns about a deal in Australia; an Australian enforcer’s comments on killer acquisitions; and the publication of our survey of Japan's competition bar.

ACCC pulls alarm on fire door merger

Japan’s competition bar

KFTC puts conditions on pair of telecoms deals

Japan’s competition bar

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.

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy. 

Brazil and Korea grapple with women’s role in antitrust enforcement

Competition authorities overseeing two of the largest economies in the world have faced questions about the presence of women – or lack thereof – at those agencies.

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