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Welcome to the May 2019 issue of our Asia Pacific Competition Highlights. We have prepared a practical overview of recent notable competition law developments that may affect your business operations in the region.

In this issue: 

  • Australia removes intellectual property exemption for anti-competitive conduct; regulator releases 2019 priorities and goals; two significant merger control decisions
  • China implements new basis for fine calculation; regulator signs two cooperation agreements with European Commission; publishes three draft guidelines for consultation and two penalty decisions against chlorphenamine API providers
  • Hong Kong Competition Tribunal hands down judgments in first two enforcement cases; competition authority mulls recommended changes to Competition Ordinance and investigates seaport alliance and proposed pharmaceutical pricing survey
  • Indonesia's Amendment of Antimonopoly Law unlikely to pass in 2019; competition authority sets minimum requirements for merger filing and introduces new case handling procedure
  • Japan deliberates draft bill to amend Japanese Antimonopoly Act; competition authority publishes e-commerce report
  • Malaysia communications sector regulator issues two merger control guidelines; competition authority issues Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law and proposed decision on bid rigging; High Court hands down judgment on landmark cartel and abuse of dominance cases
  • Myanmar appoints Competition Commission
  • Philippine Competition Commission files first abuse of dominance case against condominium developer; adjusts thresholds for mandatory merger control notification; permanently blocks a merger-to-monopoly transaction and issues leniency rules and competition law education initiatives
  • Singapore competition authority joins International Competition Network to advance procedural fairness; publishes data portability discussion paper; fines three hotels for exchange of sensitive information and concludes investigation of lift spare suppliers with more voluntary commitments
  • Taiwan competition authority has new Commissioners; fines ready-mix concrete suppliers for price fixing; government watchdog finds authority was negligent in handling of Qualcomm settlement
  • Thailand competition authority holds public hearing on draft guidance on unfair trade practices by wholesale and retail business operators
  • Vietnam issues draft decree guiding implementation of new competition law

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