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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Q3 2020 that may affect your business.

In this issue:


  • ACCC enters multilateral framework to strengthen cross-border enforcement
  • Guilty plea in first criminal charge for obstructing ACCC investigation
  • Merger review round up; non-publication of post-merger investigations
  • Digital Platforms Inquiry update: draft bargaining code; platforms respond


  • China releases Antitrust Guidelines on automotive sector and IP rights
  • China issues guidance for leniency regime and commitment process
  • Integrated circuit and software industries set as enforcement priorities

Hong Kong

  • HKCC accepts proposed commitments from seaport alliance
  • The Tribunal approves first cartel settlement
  • HKCC publishes policy on calculating fines


  • New omnibus law introduces higher administrative penalties and repeals criminal sanctions for substantive Anti-monopoly Law prohibitions
  • Competition authority issues new merger control guidelines


  • JFTC clears merger between Z Holdings Corporation and LINE Corporation


  • MyCC issues final market review report on  wholesale and retail sectors


  • New law exempts M&A transactions with value less than PHP 50 billion from compulsory notification


  • CCCS publishes study on e-commerce platforms and updates guidelines
  • CCCS issues Guidelines on Price Transparency
  • CCCS issues COVID-19 guidance on collaborations for supply of essentials
  • CCCS ends probe into online food delivery and virtual kitchen sectors


  • Nomination for four new commissioners in the TFTC by 31 October 2020
  • Cartel investigation into commercial fire insurance rate published by industry association


  • OTCC considers guidance for food delivery platform operators 
  • OTCC announces amendments to franchising guidelines


  • VCCA publishes several merger decisions
  • VCCA preparing to study aviation and e-commerce sectors
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