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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments of the second quarter in 2021 that may affect your business.

In this issue:


  • Australia's first contested criminal cartel trial ends in acquittals
  • ACCC brings proceedings over alleged attempted cartel at national gallery
  • ACCC grants unprecedented number of competition exemptions during COVID-19
  • TasPorts declared to have misused market power but pays no penalty


  • SAMR imposes record high antitrust fine for abuse of dominance
  • First cartel penalty post pandemic issued in healthcare sector
  • Recent abuse of dominance decision highlights incremental reliance on economics-based market definition
  • SAMR continues strong enforcement against failures to notify deals

Hong Kong

  • Court rejects challenge to criminal standard of proof in competition cases


  • Indonesian Competition Commission applies new sentencing guidelines
  • Courts begin to hear appeals on antitrust decisions under amended rules


  • JFTC publishes competition policy reports on algorithms/AI and data markets


  • MAS and AirAsia win appeals to quash RM10 million infringement fine
  • MyEG loses latest appeal against MyCC's abuse of dominance decision


  • OECD publishes competition assessment of Singapore's logistics sector


  • Merger review status updates now available on TFTC's website
  • TFTC to launch industry survey on digital platform operators' trade practices


  • OTCC publishes new unfair trade practice guideline for public hearing


  • VCCA continues to conduct merger control assessments pending establishment of new antitrust authority
  • VCCA offers new guidance on resale price maintenance and other price fixing agreements
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