Reform

Following on from our previous post, the Productivity Commission (PC) released its draft report into the National Access Regime on 28 May 2013. The regime, which enables third parties to seek access to infrastructure services...

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NZ gets ‘hard-core’ on cartels

May 27, 2013 | 1 Comments

Significant reforms to New Zealand competition law are one step closer following a recommendation by the Commerce Select Committee that the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (the Bill) be passed with various amendments....

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The Queen’s speech

May 20, 2013 | 1 Comments

The UK has been very busy drafting and passing some new consumer and competition bills.  The UK’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERR Bill) received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013 and a new Draft...

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Authorisation stations!

May 8, 2013 | 1 Comments

On 6 May 2013 the ACCC released revised Draft Authorisation Guidelines for public comment. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 permits the ACCC to authorise certain conduct which may otherwise contravene the competition provisions of...

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Hong Kong appoints first chairperson

May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has announced the appointment of Anna Wu Hung-yuk as the first chairperson of Hong Kong’s newly formed Competition Commission. Ms Wu’s appointment will commence from...

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Tough love in Taiwan

March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the years, several Taiwanese companies have been fined substantial amounts by foreign antitrust authorities for their involvement in international cartels.  For example, a US court imposed a $500 million fine on Taiwanese LCD manufacturer...

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ACCC and NZCC confirm their co-operation

March 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

On 27 February 2013, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) entered into a Co-operation Agreement, allowing the NZCC to share compulsorily-acquired information with, and provide investigative assistance...

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On Friday 8 March 2013, it was announced in the Government Gazette that legislative provisions providing the South African Competition Commission (Commission) with formal powers to conduct market inquiries will become effective on 1 April...

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While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement has received little attention from the Australian media of late, the formulation of this multilateral agreement may have significant implications for Australian competition law. If you are wondering what...

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On 8 March 2013, the NZ Commerce Commission published draft Authorisation Guidelines and Mergers and Acquisitions Guidelines for public consultation. The Authorisation Guidelines outline the NZCC’s approach when considering authorisations of transactions that may otherwise...

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