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When Is Resale Price Maintenance Legal in China?

by Henry L.T. Chen, Frank Schoneveld and Alex An

A Shanghai court recently decided the first case involving vertical monopoly agreements (i.e., between supplier and distributor) since China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) came into effect in 2008. Of note, the court found that resale price maintenance by itself does not constitute a monopoly agreement. However, given that other courts and AML enforcement authorities can impose fines for illegal resale price maintenance, market players should not assume the practice is legal in China.

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China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Makes it Easier to Sue in Cases of Anti-Competitive Conduct

by Henry L.T. Chen and Frank Schoneveld.   

Recently, the Supreme People’s Court of China issued final rules to build a working framework for civil anti-monopoly cases brought under the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law.  The rules will take effect on 1 June 2012.

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China Law Alert: Focus on Competition – March 2012

by Henry L.T. Chen, Frank Schoneveld, Alex An, Brian Fu and Angel Wang

McDermott Will & Emery has released the latest China Law Alert: Focus on Competition, which provides insight on current issues surrounding cross-border antitrust and transactional issues. 

China’s New Merger Control Regime Makes Major Progress in Its First Three Years

It is now just more than three years since China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) was introduced. Compared with the well-established practices of US antitrust and EU competition authorities, AML enforcement is still in its infancy. However, China’s AML regulators, especially the authority in charge of merger control, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), has moved quickly to make its mark on international business. Now, most large, cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures must also successfully pass the rigors of review by MOFCOM as well as the European Commission and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Read the full article here.

NDRC and SAIC’s Actions in 2011 and Prospects in 2012

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) are the two authorities in charge of investigation and supervision of “monopoly” agreements and abuses of dominant market position. NDRC focuses on price-related cases while SAIC takes care of non-price related violations of the law. Compared to MOFCOM, which is responsible for merger control, NDRC and SAIC have been relatively quite since China’s AML came into force on 1 August 2008.  Read the full article here.

Civil Litigation under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law

Since the introduction of the China AML in August 2008, Chinese courts have experimented with various methods of civil dispute adjudication based on breach of the AML. In general, China’s courts have very limited judicial experience with such cases. A number of civil cases have been brought before the courts, but very few, if any, have resulted in a successful judgment for breach of the AML.  Read the full article here.

Might the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Become A New Enforcement Authority for China’s Competition Laws?

In addition to MOFCOM, SAIC and NDRC, the three major enforcement authorities for the anti-unfair competition and anti-monopoly laws, it seems the MIIT might also become a regulator of competition in the telecommunications sector. In addition to a Draft Regulation on Internet Information Services, published for consultation in January 2012, MIIT released an “Opinion on Regulating the Business Activities of Basic Telecommunications Carriers on Campuses” (the Opinion) on 30 June 2011.  Read the full article here.




China Summarises 2011 AML Enforcement, Promises Action on Failures to Notify a Concentration in 2012

by Henry L.T. Chen, Frank Schoneveld and Brian Fu

On 27 December 2011, in its annual end-of-year press conference, the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China’s Ministry of Commerce gave an overview of the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law enforcement efforts in 2011, as well as stated its clear intention to investigate and sanction parties who fail to submit proper notification of a concentration and have it cleared by the Ministry.

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China Auto Dealers Association Files Anti-Monopoly Complaint Against Beijing Benz

by Henry L.T. Chen, Frank Schoneveld and Michael Xu

The China Automobile Dealers Association recently issued a formal complaint to Mercedes-Benz Beijing regarding its allegedly illegal “double limit” policy for car dealers—minimum prices and restrictions on sales into other dealers` territories—revealing tension between a widespread industry practice and China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. 

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First Cartel Fines in China Following New Regulations

by Henry L.T. Chen and Frank Schoneveld

China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce has imposed the first fines for violation of the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law on a concrete cartel.  The swift action indicates business operators should anticipate more widespread and vigorous investigations by the newly empowered Chinese competition regulatory authorities.

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