Region: Singapore

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

Singapore will require data portability

Singapore plans to introduce a data portability requirement amid a sweeping review of the country’s Personal Data Protection Act of 2012, produced by the country’s competition and data protection enforcers.

26 February 2019

Singapore fines hotels for illegal information exchange

Singapore’s competition watchdog has fined the owners and operators of four hotels for illegally sharing commercially sensitive business information about their corporate customers.

30 January 2019

Singapore secures commitments in refusal to deal investigation

Two companies have promised Singapore’s antitrust watchdog that they will supply spare lift parts on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms to qualified purchasers who perform maintenance at public housing estates.

11 January 2019

Singapore official defends market definition in Grab/Uber

An official at Singapore’s competition authority has defended the market definition the enforcer used when it penalised ride-sharing companies Grab and Uber for their merger.

11 December 2018

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