HSF Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide 2022 – now online

The sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide is now available, which provides a comprehensive overview of common antitrust-related issues across the region, including: antitrust risks in horizontal cooperation agreements and vertical supply arrangements; actions that can be taken if a potential competition infringement is detected; potential penalties for competition infringements; the … Read more

More changes to come: China consults on amendments to six antitrust guidelines

Hot on the heels of the passing of the amendments to China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (Amended AML) last Friday (24 June 2022), China’s competition regulator (the State Administration for Market Regulation, or SAMR) has launched a public consultation on 27 June 2022 in relation to amendments to six substantive regulations.  The proposed amendments are wide ranging, … Read more

Future of Consumer APAC: Anti-trust traps for sales and distribution models

Adelaide Luke (Partner, Hong Kong) and Patrick Gay (Partner, Sydney) discuss common anti-trust pitfalls that arise in distribution systems, including Retail Price Maintenance and exclusivity. They compare and contrast the rules of Australia with some key Asian jurisdictions, highlighting differences that companies need to understand when designing a regional distribution network. They close with a … Read more

HSF team publishes update on antitrust developments in APAC

We are delighted that our overview of recent activity, reforms and trends in relation to antitrust enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region has been published as part of the Global Competition Review Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2022. Our chapter summarises notable regulatory reforms and enforcement activity across jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, the … Read more

Hong Kong Competition Law Enforcement Updates: A Tiger Ready to Pounce

The Hong Kong Competition Commission celebrated the sixth full year of the Competition Ordinance in December 2021, after an increase of enforcement activities and policy making efforts during 2021. 2022 has started with a flurry of activity. On 18 January 2022, the Commission conducted a joint dawn raid in the building maintenance sector with the … Read more

Competition law in the pharma sector – Developments and what’s to come in 2022

In this update, our pharma sector competition law experts in Brussels, the UK, Germany, South Africa and China look at a number of recent competition law developments of impact to the sector. This is a selective list of developments that have practical implications on the way pharma companies do business. European Union The pharma sector … Read more