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Asia Bitesize Antitrust Podcast

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 Zhao Sheng Law Firm, Allens, TT&A, and Bae, Kim & Lee to talk about the most recent antitrust and foreign investment developments in 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.

 

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Episode 1 – Hong Kong SAR

Speakers: Andrew Chung, Marcus Pollard and Kathleen Gooi

10 years after the adoption of the Competition Ordinance, we are witnessing an unprecedented surge of enforcement efforts by the Hong Kong Competition Commission. In this episode, our dispute resolution partner Andrew Chung joins Marcus Pollard and Kathleen Gooi to discuss the latest enforcement trends in Hong Kong and what they expect to come next. Our experts share their views on the most recent cases, including the HKCC’s commitments policy. Listen now and stay on top of what the city’s regulator has been eyeing and to ensure you are getting ahead of the compliance curve.

Episode 2 – India

Speakers: Sonam Mathur (TT&A) and Marcus Pollard

In this episode, Sonam Mathur from TT&A shares with Marcus Pollard India’s recent antitrust trends and CCI’s strong enforcement focus in the digital sector which goes beyond big tech’s behavioural conduct and increasingly targets their use of consumer data. Our experts share their insights into the Competition Amendment Bill and how it will substantially modernise India’s competition law regime. Tune in and get up to speed with what you need to know about the exciting developments in India, the world’s most robust emerging market that is becoming investors’ new-found favourite.

Episode 3 – ASEAN

Speakers: Linh Bui (Allens), Yolanda Hutapea (Widyawan & Partners) and Kathleen Gooi

In this episode, Linh Bui from Allens’ Ho Chi Minh City office and Yolanda Hutapea from our formal association firm in Indonesia, Widyawan & Partners, joins Kathleen Gooi in bringing you an overview of the antitrust developments in the ASEAN region. Zooming into Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, our experts share their insights into the common themes antitrust regulators are actively looking at, including the anti-competitive conduct in the livelihood and digital sectors, as well as the notable features and trends of these very diverse merger control regimes. Listen now and get up to speed with the countries’ latest competition law landscape as they emerge as the key antitrust jurisdictions in Asia.

Episode 4 –Thailand

Speakers: Sutthipong KoohasanehSonya Kalnin and Marcus Pollard

Conversations on ASEAN continue in this episode, where Marcus Pollard joins our Bangkok team, Sutthipong Koohasaneh and Sonya Kalnin to share their views on the enforcement focus of the Trade Competition Commission of Thailand – zooming into issues in the digital economy and updates on Thai merger control regime. Our experts on the ground share their insights on some distinctive characteristics of the regulator’s enforcement, against the backdrop of the ongoing consultations to enhance the country’s Trade Competition Act. Tune in and stay on top of the developments that keep the TCCT busy as Thailand has emerged as one of the key competition law jurisdictions in Asia.

Episode 5 – Australia

Speakers: Felicity McMahon (Allens), Rosannah Healy (Allens) and Marcus Pollard

Felicity McMahon and Rosannah Healy, from our integrated alliance partner Allens, joins Marcus Pollard in discussing how the competition landscape in Australia has already shifted under the new government as it ramps up its efforts to enhance enforcement of competition and consumer laws. Our experts share the significant changes they anticipate to see, including on the country’s voluntary merger control regime and attempts to regulate digital platforms. Listen now and keep up with the changes on the horizon for one of the most established competition regulators in the region.

Episode 6 – Mainland China

Speakers: Fay Zhou, Arthur Peng (Zhao Sheng Law Firm) and Marcus Pollard

Fay Zhou and Arthur Peng discuss with Marcus Pollard about the key amendments made to China’s 14-year-old anti-monopoly law. Zooming into merger control, anti-competitive agreements, and penalties, our experts share their insights into the rationale and implications of the revisions, such as the introductions of a “stop-the-clock” mechanism for merger review, a safe harbour for vertical agreements and personal liability for substantive violations, to name a few. Listen now to stay on top of these exciting developments that transform the country’s competition law landscape and stay ahead of the compliance curve in ever changing times.

Episode 7 – South Korea

Speakers: Sanghoon Shin (Bae, Kim & Lee LLC) and Marcus Pollard

Sanghoon Shin from Bae, Kim & Lee LLC shares with Marcus Pollard the key antitrust updates in South Korea, following a series of key amendments made to the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act, including a new form of injunctive relief – a milestone development in Korean private antitrust enforcement. Following the theme of active enforcement actions in the digital economy continues across Asia, our experts share some predictions on the regulators’ approach to digital platforms regulation under the Yoon administration. Tune in and get up to speed with what you need to know as the next wave of changes comes in one of the largest Asian economies.

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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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