Competition & Antitrust and Trade
All across Asia, we represent clients in the following areas:
- Merger Control
- Strategising and Defending Competition/Antitrust Investigations
- Competition Advisory & Notifications
- Leniency Applications
- Compliance and Training
- Market Studies & Analyses
We have substantial experience in reviewing, advising and preparing all necessary notification documentation, and liaising with the relevant competition authorities in the region to obtain merger clearance in the shortest timeframe possible. We review the effects of structural changes in businesses, whether by acquisition of shares or assets, mergers or creation of joint ventures to assess the impact on competition in the relevant industries, and advise clients on whether merger notifications of their M&A transactions are required.
Strategising and Defending Competition/Antitrust Investigations
We defend allegations of infringements relating to cartels, abuse of dominance and non-notification of mergers across ASEAN. We help businesses to define and coordinate their strategy in cases involving competition authorities from one or multiple jurisdictions, and have succeeded in closing several investigations.
Competition Advisory & Notifications
We review and advise on all competition aspects of agreements and transactions crossing various ASEAN countries. We regularly review behavior for cartels and abuse of dominance and aid in corporate structuring. We prepare notifications to competition authorities for guidance or official decisions on various agreements and conduct, including co-operative agreements between competitors.
We assist and advise on appropriate leniency applications, and have successfully filed leniency for clients with competition authorities.
We defend and assist clients in reaching settlements with competition commissions, including resulting in investigations being closed without any liability or penalties imposed.
Compliance and Training
We develop compliance programmes, manuals and protocols, and conduct specialist tailored training for businesses on their market practices and conduct across ASEAN.
Market Studies & Analyses
We develop and aid in reviewing and conducting the state of development of markets, whether locally or regionally, where the extended team of economists play a critical role.
We counsel on policies, regulations and legislation, working with regulators and corporations.
We advise extensively on multiple aspects of trade issues, including import, export, contolled and strategic goods licenses, permits and approvals, customs advisory, investigations and defending, FTAs and TPP advisory, anti-dumping and safe-guard advisory, investigations and defending.
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