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In this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments of quarter 1 in 2022 that may affect your business.

In this issue:


  • ACCC announces compliance and enforcement priorities for 2022/23
  • CDPP withdraws charges in bank criminal cartel case
  • ACCC continues focus on digital platforms
  • Federal Court imposes AUD 12 million penalty for exclusive dealing


  • China’s top court considers pay-for-delay settlement agreements for first time
  • Heightened scrutiny of RPM continues in China
  • China announces 5 year antitrust enforcement plan

Hong Kong

  • HKCC investigates online food delivery platforms
  • HKCC investigates passenger car warranty terms and conditions


  • Merger control filing deadline to revert to original 30 day period
  • ICC to certify competition compliance programs
  • ICC begins investigation of palm oil
  • ICC issues first decision under law governing large and small business cooperation


  • First parallel imports case resolved under commitment procedures 


  • CCCS issues proposed decision against warehouse operators for price-fixing


  • TFTC releases draft White Paper on the Digital Economy


  • TCCT updates post-closing merger notification form
  • TCCT publishes new unfair trade practice guideline
  • Public consultation commences for credit term guidance amendment
  • Authority undertakes review of competition law enforcement in Thailand

Highly acclaimed and Band 1 ranked Leading Antitrust Lawyer Stephen Crosswell is the current chair of Baker McKenzie's Asia-Pacific Antitrust & Competition Group. He is also the head of our Greater China Antitrust & Competition team. Clients laud Stephen for his "years of experience working on competition matters." He is described as a "vital resource for clients seeking to navigate the nuances not only of the new local competition law regime in Hong Kong but also across other Asian jurisdictions – including China." Stephen has been granted "Solicitor Advocate" status before the Hong Kong Courts, meaning that he is uniquely placed as a specialist competition advocate in Hong Kong, having rights of audience in the Competition Tribunal and appeal courts. He represented one of the parties to the first enforcement action taken in Hong Kong's Competition Tribunal.

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