Asia Pacific Competition Law Bulletin May 2017

Welcome to the second 2017 edition of our bi-monthly Asia Pacific Competition Law Bulletin. As with previous editions, this bulletin has been produced in collaboration with our Linklaters colleagues (China, Thailand) and with expert local law firms around the region: Allens (Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam), Vinod Dhall in collaboration with TT&A (India), Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan), Rahmat Lim & Partners (Malaysia), Allen & Gledhill LLP (Singapore), and Tsar & Tsai Law Firm (Taiwan). We hope that you continue to find this newsletter a useful source of information on competition law issues across the Asia Pacific region.

In this edition, we outline several competition law and policy developments in the Asia Pacific region, with legislative reforms on competition law ongoing in Australia, Taiwan and Thailand, and new guidelines for the energy sector in Japan.

Competition authorities remain active on the enforcement front, with court appeals in India and in Malaysia, a bid-rigging case in Singapore, and a rare abuse of dominance case in Vietnam. In Australia, the ACCC rejected an application by local banks to collectively negotiate with Apple.

On the transaction side of things, we report on the blocking of the Vodafone/Sky merger in New Zealand.

Finally, the Hong Kong Competition Commission released the findings of its long-awaited market study in the retail auto-fuel sector.

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