Asia Pacific Competition Law Bulletin December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of our bi-monthly Asia Pacific Competition Law Bulletin.

As with our other editions, this bulletin has been produced in collaboration with expert local law firms around the region: Allens (Australia), Vinod Dhall in collaboration with TT&A (India), Widyawan & Partners (Indonesia), Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan), Rahmat Lim & Partners (Malaysia), Allen & Gledhill LLP (Singapore), Lee & Ko (South Korea) and Tsar & Tsai Law Firm (Taiwan). We hope you continue to find it a useful source of information on antitrust developments across the Asia Pacific region.

In this edition, we outline a number of competition law and policy developments in the Asia Pacific region: legislative reforms on competition law are ongoing in Indonesia and Thailand, Singapore revised its set of guidelines, the new Fair Distributorship Transactions Act will be coming into force in South Korea, an MOU has been signed between the Hong Kong and Canadian competition authorities, and a new channel for receiving antitrust complaints is introduced in Japan.

Competition authorities have been busy with enforcement and merger control: we report on criminal cartel charges filed against a Japanese shipping company in Australia, an ongoing price fixing cartel investigation in Malaysia and new infringement decisions in Japan and China. In India, two pharmaceutical companies won their appeal against a bid-rigging decision. In Taiwan, the regulator cleared the high-profile merger of two worldwide leading chip packaging and testing companies.

As the year comes to an end, we included a brief summary of the first year of competition law enforcement in Hong Kong.

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