Region: Asia-Pacific

Community round-up: Euclid Law hires from Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has lost a senior solicitor to Euclid Law in London but has strengthened its partnership with a promotion, while Stephenson Harwood has hired from White & Case and firms have promoted in Brussels, Paris and India.

14 April 2021

China gives tech companies one month to fall in line

China’s competition watchdog has given technology companies one month to conduct a comprehensive self-inspection, completely rectify any anticompetitive practices and publicly pledge to comply with the country’s antitrust rules.

14 April 2021

Linklaters and Freshfields announce promotions

Linklaters has promoted two competition lawyers to the partnership in Paris and Beijing, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its antitrust group with partner promotions in Europe and the US.

12 April 2021

China hits Alibaba with record fine

China’s competition watchdog has hit homegrown technology company Alibaba with a record-shattering €2.34 billion fine for forcing merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

12 April 2021

Australian court halts Epic’s case against Apple

An Australian court has agreed to temporarily halt Epic Games’ allegations that Apple illegally maintains its monopoly over the distribution of applications and in-app payments on its mobile platform while nearly identical claims play out in US court.

09 April 2021

New Zealand’s criminal cartel regime goes live

New Zealand has launched its long-awaited criminal cartel regime, meaning that price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging can now be punished with a jail sentence of up to seven years.

08 April 2021

Apple faces criminal charges for obstructing probe in Korea

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has fined Apple’s local subsidiary for interfering with an abuse of dominance investigation, while referring the iPhone-maker and one of its executives for criminal prosecution.

31 March 2021

India fines state-run board for anticompetitive liquor procurement

India’s competition watchdog has fined a state-run board for abusing its dominance by arbitrarily procuring alcoholic beverages and denying market access to members of an alcohol trade association.

31 March 2021

Russia can’t block taxi deal despite competition concerns

Ride-sharing joint venture Yandex Taxi’s proposed acquisition of certain assets from Russia’s largest taxi company raises competition concerns but falls below the threshold requiring antitrust approval, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

30 March 2021

WhatsApp’s privacy policy under fire in India

India’s competition watchdog has launched a full abuse of dominance investigation into Facebook-owned WhatsApp over its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which force users to consent to the sharing of their data across the company’s wider ecosystem.

25 March 2021

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