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China’s First Merger Control Decision Approving a Joint Venture–GE & Shenhua

by Frank Schoneveld, Brian Fu and James Jiang

In giving approval to GE China’s joint venture with Shenhua Coal, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has answered positively the recurring question of whether the formation of a joint venture falls within China’s merger control rules.  It is now clear that the formation of a joint venture can require clearance from MOFCOM under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.


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U.S. and Chinese Antitrust Agencies to Sign Cooperation Agreement

by Frank Schoneveld and Joseph F. Winterscheid

On June 24, 2011, Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney announced that the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies will be signing a cooperation agreement with their Chinese counterparts.  As a consequence, companies can now expect to see the Chinese authorities participating in coordinated “dawn raids” and related cooperative enforcement initiatives with the U.S. and EU antitrust enforcers in international cartel cases. 

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China’s MOFCOM Gets Tough on Merger Control?

by Henry L.T. Chen and Frank Schoneveld

There is considerable speculation in China that many large transactions that should have been notified for clearance by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) have not been properly notified, and Chinese government is going to go after the concerned concentrating parties.  Recently, the speculation came into being and all public comments must be filed before 23 June 2011.  New Draft Regulations, “Preliminary Regulations on the Investigation & Treatment of Failure to Report Concentration of Undertakings (Opinion Solicitation Draft),” clarify and provide MOFCOM with the power to investigate, fine and order divestiture of mergers and acquisitions that should have been, but have failed to be, notified and cleared by MOFCOM.

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China Seeks Comments on New Evaluating Competitive Influence Rules

by Henry L.T. Chen and Frank Schoneveld

To evaluate the competitive impact of an anti-monopoly review on the market of mergers and acquisitions (or concentration) and to guide business operators when filing notification of a concentration, the Ministry of Commerce of China has introduced Interim Measures on Evaluating Competitive Influence Caused by the Concentration of Business Operators (Draft for Comments) for public comment.  The deadline for submission of comments is June 13, 2011.

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