Region: Australia

Australian leniency will no longer cover concerted practices

Immunity applicants in Australia will no longer be allowed to seek safe harbour from the country’s competition law for engaging in concerted practices.

06 September 2019

ACCC can’t swallow ready meals merger

A merger between Australia’s two largest manufacturers of chilled ready meals would likely harm competition, the country’s competition watchdog has found.

05 September 2019

ACCC files charges over attempted steel cartel

Australia’s competition watchdog has taken a major steel manufacturer to court over allegations that it tried to coordinate a price-fixing cartel for the supply of flat steel products.

30 August 2019

Wallenius Wilhelmsen criminally charged in Australia

Australia’s public prosecutor has charged shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean with criminally violating cartel rules, following an investigation by the country’s antitrust watchdog.

23 August 2019

Australian court imposes record criminal fine on K-Line

Australia’s Federal Court has handed down a A$34.5 million (€21.1 million) criminal fine on Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) for conspiring with other shipping companies to fix the prices of transporting cars, trucks and buses.

02 August 2019

ACCC report is the beginning of the journey

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s conclusions on the market power of Facebook and Google are just the start of a process; implementing the proposed regulatory framework will be a complex task, Australian competition lawyers have said.

29 July 2019

ACCC calls for changes to address Facebook’s and Google’s market power

Australia should establish a specialist digital platforms branch, change its merger and privacy laws and regulate the practices of companies such as Google and Facebook to tackle their impact, a report by the country’s competition and consumer protection agency has stated.

26 July 2019

ACCC sees harm in liquid storage deal

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has preliminarily found that bulk liquid storage company ANZ Terminals’ proposed acquisition of rival GrainCorp Liquid Terminals Australia would harm competition in several markets.

25 July 2019

Taiwan clears Cathay/Hong Kong Express tie-up

Taiwan’s antitrust watchdog has cleared Cathay Pacific’s acquisition of budget airline Hong Kong Express – a deal that gives the Hong Kong flagship carrier control over three of the territory’s four airlines.

10 July 2019

Ridgeway replaces Featherston as ACCC commissioner

Former King & Wood Mallesons competition partner Stephen Ridgeway has joined Australia’s antitrust enforcer as a commissioner on a five-year term.

04 July 2019

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