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Welcome to the November 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 brings fourth criminal cartel prosecution and first gun-jumping case
  • China authority conditionally clears Luxottica/Essilor merger; rejects "single entity" defense in cartel case; publishes information on the assignment of personnel to the Anti-monopoly Bureau and its structure
  • Hong Kong government rejects Commission's recommendations regarding auto-fuels competition; Commission targets individuals in alleged building renovation cartel and seeks disqualification of director
  • Indonesian Competition Commission moves up a gear with new initiatives
  • Japan prepares for introduction of commitments system
  • Malaysian authority issues proposed decision on abuse of dominance; issues infringement decision regarding tuition and day care centers for price-fixing
  • Philippine authority imposes fine and voids non-notified shipping merger; issues guidelines on notification of joint ventures
  • Singapore authority conditionally approves joint venture between chicken distributors; penalizes chicken distributors for anticompetitive agreements; challenges chemicals merger; flags new ASEAN Competition Enforcers' Network
  • Taiwan authority revokes its own infringement decision and replaces it with settlement; proposes amendments to the Fair Trade Act
  • Thailand announces implementing regulations for new competition law; issues first enforcement decision under new law
  • Vietnam strengthens its competition law

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