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Welcome to the June 2018 issue of our quarterly Asia Pacific newsletter on competition law. The aim is to give you a regular, brief practical overview of significant competition law developments that may affect your business operations in the region.

In this issue:

  • Australia issues enforcement priorities for 2018; prosecutes individuals under cartel provisions for first time
  • China consolidates three antitrust agencies into one; continues to penalise failure to notify mergers
  • Hong Kong authority warns businesses not to enter “no-poach” agreements regarding employees, or discuss salaries or other benefits
  • Japan joins international trend to combat anti-competitive employee practices
  • Myanmar commences enforcement of new competition law, while implementing regulations are awaited
  • Singapore Competition Authority takes on consumer protection role, launches market studies into the online travel booking sector, and imposes interim measures on Uber and Grab
  • Taiwan authority raids manufacturers of toilet tissue paper
  • Vietnam launches formal investigation into Uber/Grab deal
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