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Competition & Antitrust

23 May 2019
Michael Gu Antitrust enforcement review 2018: monopoly investigations

China - AnJie Law Firm

Although still fairly new, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) diligently investigated and penalised monopolistic behaviour in 2018, publishing a dozen cases alongside its local enforcement agencies which attracted media attention. Notably, livelihood-related industries (including the pharmaceutical industry) and trade associations appeared to come under the SAMR's spotlight.

Authors: Michael Gu, Sihui Sun, Grace Wu
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Amanda Wait Assistant attorney general suggests expanding scope of antitrust enforcement

USA - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The assistant attorney general recently suggested that antitrust enforcers should update their analytical framework to account for modern corporate structures, signalling the potential for antitrust violations when officers and directors serve multiple competing companies. The assistant attorney general's speech is a reminder that behaviour that is not explicitly prohibited by the letter of the antitrust statutes may still raise eyebrows.

Authors: Amanda Wait, Andrew Eklund
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Recent updates

Gönenç Gürkaynak Competition Board concludes preliminary investigation into food chains

Turkey - ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
Martin André Dittmer Recent restrictive agreement decisions

Denmark - Gorrissen Federspiel

Authors: Martin André Dittmer, Christian Liborius
Galina Petkova CPC clears Domuschievi brothers' acquisition of Nova TV

Bulgaria - Advokatsko Druzhestvo Andreev Stoyanov & Tsekova in cooperation with Schönherr

Authors: Galina Petkova, Rosen Manchev
Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas What happens if competition authorities violate attorney-client privilege?

Mexico - SAI Law & Economics

Authors: Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas, Ernesto Álvarez Castillo
Benoît Merkt Redaction of personal data in reports published by Swiss Competition Commission

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Benoît Merkt, Sevan Antreasyan
Hao Zhan National People's Congress revises Anti-unfair Competition Law to fight trade secret infringement

China - AnJie Law Firm

Authors: Hao Zhan, Ying Song, Stephanie Wu Yuanyuan, LV Hongije
Anna Turi Digital consumer protection in action – HCA launches market study into digital comparison tools

Hungary - Schoenherr

Authors: Anna Turi, Márk Kovács
Robin D Adelstein FBI and ACCC commit to sharing antitrust enforcement expertise

USA - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Authors: Robin D Adelstein, Nick McHugh

Upcoming event

15th Annual IBA Competition Mid-Year Conference

6-7 June 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

This year’s Annual IBA Competition Mid-Year Conference will include sessions on cartels, mergers, trade and antitrust, vertical restraints and abuse of dominance.

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