Region: Singapore

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

Singapore conditionally clears laboratory deal

Singapore’s competition watchdog has accepted revised commitments offered by Pathology Asia to clear its purchase and merging of pathology companies Innovative Diagnostics and Quest Laboratories.

21 October 2019

Competition inquisition: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 18 October 2019

The theme of this week’s Tipline has to be all the new inquiries and investigations around the Asia-Pacific region. Two competition authorities have decided to take a closer look at the food industry, while some other watchdogs are examining more targeted issues.

17 October 2019

Singapore probes online food sectors

Singapore’s antitrust watchdog has launched an investigation into the online food delivery and virtual kitchen sectors.

14 October 2019

Singapore taps new antitrust boss

Sia Aik Kor, currently at Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers, has been tapped to lead the country’s competition watchdog.

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

Appeal season: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 28 June 2019

Some important appeals are now on the docket. For the well-established Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the appeal will focus on whether the country’s Federal Court can accept a remedy that the antitrust watchdog found to be insufficient. For the fledgling Hong Kong Competition Commission, appeals have been filed against its victories in the territory’s first two cartel cases. It has also been an active week elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, with a couple of price-fixing decisions, the resignation of a competition boss and more.

27 June 2019

Commitments offered in Singapore laboratory deal

Pathology Asia has offered commitments to allay concerns that its purchase and merging of pathology companies Innovative Diagnostics and Quest Laboratories will harm competition.

21 June 2019

Updates to German law can also help digital companies, says Mundt

Changes to German law to tackle the digital economy have so far not harmed merging companies, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

16 May 2019

Grab/Uber highlights need for pre-merger power, Singapore enforcer says

The way that Grab and Uber went about their merger demonstrates a need for greater enforcement power, a top official at Singapore’s competition watchdog has said.

07 March 2019

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