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Asia Bitesize Antitrust

Antitrust is as diverse as the region

Antitrust has gained significant attention in recent years amongst the public and within the business community across the Asia Pacific region. Particularly with the emergence of new regulators and more vigorous and active enforcement, competition law is now a key compliance topic that remains on the top of the board agenda.

In each bitesize episode we invite specialists on the ground from across Linklaters Asia and from our friends in Allens Australia and Vietnam to talk about the most recent antitrust and foreign investment developments in 7 key APAC jurisdictions.

This interactive podcast series brings you up to speed by diving into what’s truly meaningful to your daily business operations and your strategic next steps in the world’s most dynamic region. Stay tuned as we continue to add to this series.


Get up to speed on the most recent antitrust and foreign investment developments in key Asia Pacific jurisdictions

Click on the the map to understand how developments might impact your business operations and strategic next steps in the region.

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Episode 1 – The Asia Patchwork

Speakers: Vivian Cao, Kathleen Gooi and Marcus Pollard

In this introductory episode, Vivian Cao, Kathleen Gooi and Marcus Pollard from our Asia Antitrust and Foreign Investment team will give a snapshot of some of the key updates and enforcement trends from around the region.

Episode 2 – Hong Kong SAR

Speakers: Kathleen Gooi and Marcus Pollard

Our Hong Kong competition specialists Kathleen Gooi and Marcus Pollard will give an overview of the key updates and enforcement trends in Hong Kong.

Episode 3 – Australia

Speakers: Marcus PollardRobert Walker (Allens) and Felicity McMahon (Allens)

In this episode, Robert Walker and Felicity McMahon, from Allens' Competition, Consumer and Regulatory practice, are invited to discuss with Marcus Pollard the current priorities of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and its proposals of implementing changes to the merger regime in Australia. Our experts share their views on the rationale behind, the implications, and the next steps they anticipate to see. Listen and stay on top of the potential transformation of one of the most active and established competition regulators in the region.

Episode 4 – Thailand

Speakers: Sutthipong Koohasaneh and Kathleen Gooi

In this episode, our Bangkok-based partner Sutthipong Koohasaneh gives an update on Thailand’s merger control regime and shares with Kathleen Gooi about some of the most distinctive characteristics of the Office of the Trade Competition Commission’s enforcement, known to be active in both behavioural matters and merger control review, under the new Trade Competition Act. Listen now and get up to speed on what you need to know about the latest competition landscape in Thailand as it now emerged as one of the key competition law jurisdictions in Asia.

Episode 5 – Singapore

Speakers: Adrian Fisher and Marcus Pollard

Our Asia Head of TMT Adrian Fisher joins Marcus Pollard in a discussion exploring the impact of digitalisation and the increasing interaction between the emerging regulatory winds on data and competition law in Singapore and in the region. Starting with an overview of how both antitrust and privacy regulators are responding actively to the use and protection of consumer data, our experts share their insights on the potential antitrust risks associated with the technology sector’s commercial practice and what the prevalence of “self-preferencing” in recent EU cases can mean to tech businesses in Asia. Listen now and keep up with what the Asian regulators have been eyeing on.

Episode 6 – Indonesia

Speakers: Yolanda Hutapea and Kathleen Gooi

In this episode, our Jakarta-based partner Yolanda Hutapea shares with Kathleen Gooi the latest enforcement priorities of KPPU, the Indonesian antitrust regulator, following the extensive legal reforms under the Omnibus Law, and gives an update on KPPU’s increasing attention in the digital sector and new developments of the country’s post-notification regime including the creation of the largest tech group in Southeast Asia. Listen now and get up to speed with what you need to know when investing in ASEAN’s largest economy.

Episode 7 – Vietnam

Speakers: Linh Bui (Allens) and Marcus Pollard

In this episode, Linh Bui from Allens’ Ho Chi Minh City office is invited to join Marcus Pollard in discussing how the competition landscape in Vietnam has evolved over the recent years under the new law and what they anticipate to come next especially with a new competition enforcer to be established next year. Our experts share the notable features of the country’s current merger control regime and the practical issues to pay attention to in their experience. Listen now and stay on top of the exciting developments leading up to Vietnam’s emergence as a key antitrust jurisdiction on the rise in Asia.

Episode 8 – China

Speakers: Fay Zhou, Arthur Peng and Marcus Pollard

Our China Head of AFIG Fay Zhou together with Arthur Peng shares with Marcus Pollard about the latest Draft Amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Law in China, expected to be the largest set of changes to the country’s competition law since it came into force, as well as other recent highlights developments around SAMR’s draft platform guidelines and the Price Law. Diving into the substantial changes proposed in the Draft, our experts share their views on the implications and what they foresee. Tune in and make sure you stay on top of all these developments under the spotlight and what you should be aware of.

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