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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Quarter 4 of 2020 and early 2021 that may affect your business.

In this issue:

Australia

  • ACCC files Federal Court proceedings against Peters for exclusive dealing
  • Banking cartel case moves to the Federal Court for trial
  • Mandatory disclosure requirements for businesses dealing with NSW consumers

China

  • Consolidated merger control rules come into effect
  • Draft Anti-monopoly Guidelines on Platform Economy released
  • Landmark decisions impose fines for failure to notify in three VIE-related deals

Hong Kong

  • HKCC prosecutes first abuse of market power case
  • Competition Tribunal issues first disqualification order

Indonesia

  • Competition law enforcement relaxed to aid economic recovery
  • ICC ends 2020 with new management

Japan

  • Revamped competition law comes into force

Malaysia

  • Exclusivity for broadband services in residential buildings under scrutiny
  • MyCC issues RM 130.2 million fine against 22 general insurers

Philippines

  • PCC launches separate investigations into the sports promotions, goods and internet service markets
  • PCC publishes market studies on the Philippine sugar and corn industries

Singapore

  • CCCS fines three businesses for engaging in bid rigging conduct
  • Singapore introduces new licensing regime for point to point transport operators

Taiwan

  • Nomination of new commissioners at the TFTC approved

Thailand

  • TCC provides clarity on exceptions to the market dominance threshold
  • New guideline for online food delivery published

Vietnam

  • VCCA continues to actively conduct merger assessments
  • VCCA continues to promote regional cooperation
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