Region: Philippines

Philippine Supreme Court voids anticompetitive construction regulation

A Philippine court has struck down a regulation that gave local contractors a significant competitive advantage over foreign companies for construction activities, prompting praise from the country’s competition watchdog.

15 September 2020

Philippine official encourages merger filings despite new bill

A top official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said that companies should continue to file their deals before the agency even if a proposed bill exempting certain tie-ups from mandatory filing is signed into law.

07 September 2020

ASEAN agencies experiencing increased activity

Senior officials at competition authorities in Thailand and Myanmar have said that their agencies are fielding an increasing number of competition complaints.

03 September 2020

Philippine enforcer warns against suspending enforcement powers

The Philippine Competition Commission has said that certain provisions in a bill aimed at accelerating the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic could harm its welfare-enhancing objectives and the overall state of competition.

08 July 2020

LafargeHolcim Philippine cement deal collapses amid covid-19 delays

San Miguel’s acquisition of LafargeHolcim’s Philippine business will not proceed after the country’s competition watchdog failed to meet a deadline to clear the deal due to the covid-19 pandemic.

12 May 2020

Coronavirus forces Philippines to suspend merger notification regime

The Philippine Competition Commission has suspended key aspects of its merger notification regime due to the spread of the coronavirus.

16 March 2020

Philippines brings big insurance cartel case

The competition authority in the Philippines has accused eight insurance companies, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and four individuals of entering into anticompetitive agreements over the last 40 years.

04 February 2020

Philippines concerned about major cement deal

San Miguel’s acquisition of Holcim Philippines raises worries of monopolisation, increased market power and potential collusion, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

03 February 2020

Philippine watchdog seeks greater enforcement powers

The Philippine antitrust watchdog is set to introduce amendments to the country’s competition law that would allow it to conduct dawn raids without first obtaining a court order.

07 January 2020

Next week in Beijing: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 29 November 2019

This week was a bit slow in Asia-Pacific in terms of major news stories, but read on for many interesting developments on mergers, cases, authorisation requests for certain conduct and more. In addition to all of the regular content, next week we will be reporting from our inaugural conference in mainland China – GCR Live IP and Antitrust Beijing. Enforcement officials from China, Japan and the US are scheduled to speak on topics including intellectual property and industrial policy.

29 November 2019

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