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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Q2 2020 that may affect your business.

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In this issue:


  • ACCC seeks submissions on draft media and digital platforms bargaining code
  • ACCC to ramp-up enforcement in second half of 2020
  • Merger review round up: Qantas, PN Aurizon, Carsguide, and others


  • SAMR signals VIE structures should be notified, in major policy shift
  • Four mergers recently cleared with remedies
  • Record-high fines levied on pharma API distributors for abuse of dominance
  • SAMR lifted remedies in two conditionally approved cases

Hong Kong

  • Tribunal hands down first competition law penalties in Hong Kong
  • HKCC offers guidance to businesses amid COVID-19 outbreak


  • COVID-19: merger review timeframes extended
  • KPPU to clarify application of merger control to asset deals
  • KPPU open to providing guidance on collaboration between competitors


  • Amendment introducing cooperation program and attorney-client privilege passed
  • Strengthened screening of foreign acquisitions of listed companies in certain sectors


  • Online conversations under increased scrutiny by MyCC


  • PCC resumes merger control processes during general community quarantine


  • CCCS commences market study on private retail lease market
  • CCCS concludes investigations into the property valuation industry
  • CCCS fines three contractors for bid rigging


  • Mergers in pharmaceutical sector are facing prolonged review
  • Conditional extension granted for concerted actions among corn importers


  • Public hearings open for market dominance threshold and amendments to franchise guideline


  • VCCA issues 2019 Annual Report
  • New guidance on submission of economic concentration notification dossiers
  • VCCA indicates increased focus on the pharmaceutical sector
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