Region: Australia

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.

15 November 2019

ACCC pulls alarm on fire door merger

Australia’s competition watchdog has expressed preliminary concerns about Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy’s acquisition of a rival company that produces fire door cores.

14 November 2019

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06 November 2019

Indian Summer: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 25 October 2019

In a busy week for antitrust news in Asia Pacific, the Competition Commission of India is investigating an airport operator based on an essential facility theory of harm, but also suffered a defeat in court for not having deferred to a sector regulator. Elsewhere, decisions emerged from the competition watchdogs in Singapore and Hong Kong; and we also caught up with Hong Kong’s Competition Commission.

25 October 2019

Competition inquisition: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 18 October 2019

The theme of this week’s Tipline has to be all the new inquiries and investigations around the Asia-Pacific region. Two competition authorities have decided to take a closer look at the food industry, while some other watchdogs are examining more targeted issues.

17 October 2019

Criminal obstruction charges laid in Australian cartel investigation

Australia’s public prosecutor has criminally charged the former general manager of a major steel manufacturer with obstructing a cartel investigation.

08 October 2019

Australia’s competition bar

The digital economy and a determination to bring down the hammer on collusion have made Australia’s competition authority an enforcer to fear. Charles McConnell talks to the lawyers who face off against – and sometimes act for – a top-flight agency.

07 October 2019

When robots collude

Today, cartelists are less likely to meet in a smoke-filled room than in a chat room. Is the next step for them to avoid meeting at all? Charley Connor explores how artificial intelligence could enable companies to avoid both antitrust liability and competition.

27 September 2019

IBA week: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 27 September 2019

It was a bit of a slower week in Asia-Pacific, and GCR was on the ground in Seoul for the International Bar Association’s annual conference. Check out our coverage in tomorrow’s USA briefing of one of Apple’s top lawyers and his take on antitrust scrutiny of the major technology companies.

26 September 2019

Follow the yellow BRICS road: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 13 September 2019

We are on the ground in Russia for the next week covering the BRICS competition conference with enforcers and delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. For now, Uber’s saga in Asia continues. This week the US technology giant said it would be stopping its food-delivery service in Korea on 14 October. The official reason was for failing to reach its expected performance standards, but digging below the surface shows a strange market. On the one hand, Seoul-based Baedal Minjok has about a 75% market share; on the other hand, a bunch of home-grown players are introducing new services. Yup, you read that correctly: Korea’s food delivery market looks both highly concentrated and highly competitive.

12 September 2019

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