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

In this issue:


  • ACCC sets the stage for debate on changes to merger control laws
  • Unfair contract terms set to become illegal and subject to penalties
  • Bathroom brand, Nero Tapware, admits to likely RPM
  • ACCC continues its focus on technology and digital platforms


  • Zhejiang AMR imposes new substantial fine for RPM
  • SAMR imposes behavioural remedies on failure-to-notify violations for the first time
  • Legislative developments suggest future possible enforcement under Pricing Law

Hong Kong

  • HKCC publishes advisory bulletin on trade associations


  • Indonesian Supreme Court issues new rules for appeal hearings
  • ICC case handling procedures under review


  • JFTC annual mergers report reveals active enforcement and continued focus on digital markets


  • MAVCOM issues Malaysia's first merger clearance decision


  • PCC resumes conduct of own-initiative merger reviews of non-notifiable deals


  • CCCS proposes general guidance on common collaborations between competitors
  • CCCS consults on proposed amendments to its penalty guidelines
  • CCCS recommends extension of BEO for certain LSAs


  • TFTC issues fine for deceptive trade practices over use of competitor's name in online ads


  • OTCC confirms its interpretation of a relevant "merger" in recent decision
  • OTCC publishes new guidance on SME credit terms
  • OTCC issues second amendment to Franchise Regulation


  • Draft revised guiding regulation on telecoms law offers new guidance to dominant businesses in the sector
  • VCCA releases statistics on merger control practices in last two years
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