Region: India

India seeks to introduce settlement procedure

India’s government will soon consider an amendment to the country’s competition law to allow parties to make commitments to remedy non-cartel conduct, in lieu of a long adjudicatory process.

29 October 2019

Indian enforcer closes in on alleged beer cartel

The Competition Commission of India has reportedly found that Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg and United Breweries colluded to fix beer prices.

28 October 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

Where to draw the line? Exploring the bounds of CCI’s protective net

While some contractual disputes ostensibly can be addressed by both Indian competition and consumer protection laws, Anisha Chand and Soham Banerjee identify the appropriate forum depending on the nature and scope of the dispute to ensure no overstepping of the legislative mandates.

23 October 2019

India probes Hyderabad airport operator for abuse

The investigative arm of India’s competition watchdog will conduct a full probe into the operator of Hyderabad’s international airport after a preliminary finding that it abused its dominance.

22 October 2019

Sony and Star get CCI probe quashed

The Bombay High Court has held that India’s competition watchdog overstepped its authority in ordering a full probe into Sony Pictures Network India and Star India for alleged price discrimination.

22 October 2019

BRICS report questions antitrust framework for digital economy

BRICS competition authorities have released a digital economy report that questions the capabilities of current competition enforcement and calls for increased cooperation between the authorities.

18 September 2019

Uber versus CCI: the end of deep discounting in India?

The Supreme Court of India recently held that, prima facie, Uber seems to have engaged in predatory pricing and called for an investigation into the matter. Ganesh Khemka, a judicial clerk in the Supreme Court of India, and Madhavi Singh, a master’s candidate at the University of Oxford, argue that the court equated below-cost pricing with predatory pricing resulting in the creation of a dangerous precedent that could spell the end of deep discounting strategies by new entrants.

13 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

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

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