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All’s fair in Hong Kong

July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

New consumer protection laws came into effect in Hong Kong on 19 July 2013.  The new laws amend the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO) which prohibit a range of unscrupulous trade practices in respect of goods and...

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On 27 June 2013, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued its updated Authorisation Guidelines.  The guidelines reflect the ACCC’s current approach to assessing applications for authorisation and replace the approach adopted by the...

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Turkish banks fined for price collusion

March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, the board of the Turkish Competition Authority fined a dozen of the country’s banks 1.1 billion Turkish lira (approximately AUD 580 million) for colluding over maximum deposit rates, credit card interest rate...

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Canadian Competition Bureau cracks down

February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

After four months in the job, the head of the Canadian Competition Bureau (“the Bureau”), John Pecman, has revealed the Bureau’s priorities for the coming years. The “…three priorities for the Bureau are: benefitting Canadians,...

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Shedding light on the pre-assessment process

December 17, 2012 | 1 Comments

Since 2010, the ACCC has been conducting what it terms ‘pre-assessments’ of mergers. Pre-assessments refer to an assessment of a merger ‘on the papers’, as distinct to a substantive investigation of the merger under the...

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Acquisitions protocol less than ACCC desires

December 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

The ACCC has reached only limited agreement with one of the major supermarket chains, Coles (owned by Wesfarmers), regarding a voluntary streamlined notification and assessment protocol for small retail acquisitions. The ACCC had proposed that...

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