ACCC recommends far-reaching regulatory reforms shaping how digital businesses operate and engage with consumers

The Australian competition watchdog’s proposals suggest a more muscular approach to regulating digital service providers While certain proposals are ostensibly targeted at specific digital platforms, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) recommendations (if adopted) will have broad ramifications for businesses that handle data or have an online presence. Read our key takeaways here Key … 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

Proposed merger reforms: ACCC seeks to increase power to block deals

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed radical changes to the way mergers are regulated in Australia recommending the introduction of a mandatory and suspensory merger review process with limited merits review by the Australian Competition Tribunal. We have three key takeaways: compared to the current process, parties will be required to meet … Read more

Port of Newcastle to remain unregulated, but time-frames to be reviewed

By Paul Burton In a decision that will be welcomed by many of Australia’s port operators, for the second time in less than two years, the Federal Treasurer has decided that the shipping channel service at the Port of Newcastle should not be regulated. The Treasurer’s decision on 16 February 2021 is in response to … Read more

Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation

We are delighted to share with you our newly updated report on Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation, which reflects a swathe of recent changes to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regimes around the world against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. FDI filings have become an increasingly important piece of the regulatory jigsaw … Read more

The impact of COVID-19 on competition law in the consumer sector (UK, Australia and Asia)

The Covid-19 health crisis raises substantial challenges for businesses and consumers and has had a significant impact on competition law affecting the consumer sector. While the particular implications will vary by jurisdiction, some common trends may be identified. One broader development is that competition authorities have recognised that certain forms of temporary cooperation between businesses, … Read more

FEDERAL COURT RELEASES REASONS IN TPG & VODAFONE MERGER CASE

On 13 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia declared that the proposed merger between TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (Vodafone) would not have the likely effect of substantially lessening competition in the retail mobile market, and therefore would not contravene of section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA). … Read more