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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Quarter 4 of 2020 and early 2021 that may affect your business.

In this issue:


  • ACCC files Federal Court proceedings against Peters for exclusive dealing
  • Banking cartel case moves to the Federal Court for trial
  • Mandatory disclosure requirements for businesses dealing with NSW consumers


  • Consolidated merger control rules come into effect
  • Draft Anti-monopoly Guidelines on Platform Economy released
  • Landmark decisions impose fines for failure to notify in three VIE-related deals

Hong Kong

  • HKCC prosecutes first abuse of market power case
  • Competition Tribunal issues first disqualification order


  • Competition law enforcement relaxed to aid economic recovery
  • ICC ends 2020 with new management


  • Revamped competition law comes into force


  • Exclusivity for broadband services in residential buildings under scrutiny
  • MyCC issues RM 130.2 million fine against 22 general insurers


  • PCC launches separate investigations into the sports promotions, goods and internet service markets
  • PCC publishes market studies on the Philippine sugar and corn industries


  • CCCS fines three businesses for engaging in bid rigging conduct
  • Singapore introduces new licensing regime for point to point transport operators


  • Nomination of new commissioners at the TFTC approved


  • TCC provides clarity on exceptions to the market dominance threshold
  • New guideline for online food delivery published


  • VCCA continues to actively conduct merger assessments
  • VCCA continues to promote regional cooperation

Stephen Crosswell is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Competition practice in Hong Kong, where he oversees competition matters in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Korea. He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for competition/antitrust by Chambers Asia. He wrote the Hong Kong chapters of Sweet & Maxwell's Competition Law in China & Hong Kong and the Oxford University Press Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook. Mr. Crosswell regularly speaks at leading antitrust events in Asia. He is also involved in capacity building with regional regulators and antitrust policy work. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Crosswell headed a Magic Circle firm's antitrust and competition practice in Hong Kong and coordinated their overall practice in Asia.