Region: India

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

India launches “near simultaneous” merger approval process

India’s competition authority has amended its merger rules to allow for an expedited review of deals that cause no competition concerns.

16 August 2019

LPG cartel fined again in India

India’s competition authority has fined a group of liquid petroleum gas cylinder companies and individuals for cartel conduct – less than a year after the country’s Supreme Court nullified penalties in a similar case.

14 August 2019

India fines auto part cartelists

India’s competition watchdog has fined JTEKT and its local subsidiary for cartelising the supply of electric power steering systems to three automotive original equipment manufacturers.

14 August 2019

Intel warranty policy may be anticompetitive

India’s antitrust watchdog has directed its investigative arm to conduct a full probe into Intel, having preliminarily found that the company abused its dominance by changing its warranty policy to exclude parallel imports from coverage.

12 August 2019

Former ambassador joins Indian enforcer

Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi has become a member at the Competition Commission of India, while Herbert Smith Freehills hired a new partner in South Africa and a Scottish firm has opened an office in Ireland to prepare for Brexit.

02 August 2019

Big Four auditors may face Indian antitrust probe

A senior Indian government official reportedly wants the country’s competition watchdog to look into Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers to determine whether they are harming competition in any way.

23 July 2019

India probes Maruti over resale price maintenance

India’s competition watchdog has launched a full probe into Maruti Suzuki India over allegations the carmaker has interfered with the prices that dealers charge for its vehicles.

05 July 2019

India’s antitrust watchdog raids Mersen

India’s antitrust watchdog has raided the local offices of French manufacturer Mersen and Indian manufacturer Assam Carbon Products over allegations they colluded to fix the prices of equipment sold to Indian Railways, according to several news reports.

05 July 2019

India probes Google’s Android leveraging

India’s competition authority has provisionally found that Google abused its dominance in the licensable smartphone operating market, leading the enforcer to open a full-scale probe into the company.

01 July 2019

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