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

In this issue:


  • Merger control policy and enforcement a focus for the ACCC
  • ACCC active in cartel enforcement
  • ACCC institutes proceedings for alleged resale price maintenance
  • Federal Court imposes large penalties for consumer law breaches


  • Institutional and legislative reforms signal stronger antitrust enforcement
  • China releases two additional antitrust guidelines
  • Merger control enforcement remains active in China

Hong Kong

  • HKCC ramps up enforcement activities
  • HKCC publishes policy on accepting commitments
  • HKCC and police conduct joint raid in building maintenance cartel investigation


  • ICC scrutinizes rising crude palm oil prices
  • Competition law reforms to be re-done by 2023


  • JFTC closes investigation for suspected abusive conduct relating to online free shipping program


  • Langkawi Ro-Ro ferry services cartel fined RM2.2 million for price fixing
  • MyCC's conducts market review on port logistics ecosystems and motor vehicle warranties


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


  • CCCS issues Business Collaboration Guidance Note
  • Updated Competition Guidelines now in effect
  • CCCS signs MoUs with Philippines and China competition authorities
  • CCCS recommends block exemption order extension for certain liner shipping agreements


  • TFTC proposes amendments to the Guidelines on Merger Filings


  • Thai competition authority rebrands itself from OTCC to TCCT
  • TCCT publishes new manual on the application of the credit term guidelines


  • VCCA issues summary report on economic concentration activities in Vietnam's real estate sector in 2021
  • VCCA releases competition reports on the auto manufacturing and pork industries
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