Region: China

China nears first online platform guidelines

China’s antitrust watchdog has published its first draft guidance on the platform economy, which provides clarifications on how the enforcer will tackle antitrust issues in digital markets.

10 November 2020

China updates IPR competition regulations

China’s competition watchdog has published updated regulations that prohibit the abuse of intellectual property rights to exclude or restrict competition, with the new rules now applying to both price and non-price conduct.

06 November 2020

China gears up for Google Android probe

China’s competition enforcer is reportedly preparing to launch an abuse of dominance investigation into Google and its Android operating system, based on a complaint lodged by device manufacturer Huawei.

01 October 2020

Latham, MoFo and Cleary Gottlieb steer Nvidia/Arm deal

Latham & Watkins and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising Nvidia on its $40 billion purchase of Arm from SoftBank, while the Japanese seller has tapped Morrison & Foerster to help guide the deal through merger reviews on three continents.

14 September 2020

SAMR takes hybrid approach to digital markets

Traditional antitrust tools are capable of handling competition concerns in digital markets, but there are unique features that require the consideration of additional factors, a top official at China’s competition authority has said.

04 September 2020

China publishes four antitrust guidelines

China’s competition watchdog has published long-awaited antitrust guidelines on leniency, commitments, intellectual property rights and the automotive sector.

17 August 2020

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

31 July 2020

China conditionally clears ZF/Wabco

China’s competition watchdog has conditioned its approval of German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen’s purchase of Wabco on a commitment to keep a key product available to the Chinese market on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

18 May 2020

China grants its highest-ever antitrust damages award

A court in Nanjing has awarded Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group nearly €9 million for successfully showing that suppliers of an active pharmaceutical ingredient for its antihistamine tablet abused their dominance.

28 April 2020

China cuts conditions on car battery JV

Major changes in the market for the manufacture of hybrid car batteries have caused China’s competition watchdog to remove conditions attached to a joint venture between Toyota and a producer of car components.

27 April 2020

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