Asia Pacific Competition Law Bulletin June 2016

Welcome to the June 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, New Zealand, Vietnam), 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 tool to keep track of antitrust developments across the Asia Pacific region.

In the area of antitrust, this issue reports on the new role of the Australian regulator in relation to credit card surcharges; an industry-wide investigation in the Chinese healthcare sector; and abuse of dominance cases and investigations in Korea, Indonesia, India and Malaysia. In Hong Kong, the new competition authority has published its findings in the building renovation and maintenance sector and announced that a trade association dropped a price hike recommendation after a meeting with the Commission.

Merger control continues to develop in the Asia-Pacific region, with a conditional clearance in New Zealand and a growing practice of pre-merger consultations with the authority in Vietnam. In Singapore, the Commission has concluded its second post-merger study, this time in the healthcare sector.

On the policy side of things, new guidelines are being drafted and adopted in China on exemptions, in Korea on RPM, and in Japan on distribution.

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