In the past decade, a significant number of Asia-Pacific jurisdictions have begun to adopt and enforce merger control and competition laws. These interactive maps provide a general overview of merger control activity, as well as the quickly evolving competition law regimes in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region.
The maps are based on knowledge built up through White & Case's long-standing presence in the region, its close relationships with local counsel in the area, and on publicly available sources.
Overview of antitrust regimes in Asia-Pacific
The region is generally moving toward more effective competition law enforcement. In particular, many jurisdictions have introduced or amended their laws to empower the national competition authorities and clarify their competition regimes. This trend is particularly clear with the newly established authorities in the Philippines and in Malaysia, which are rapidly stepping up their enforcement activities. Other jurisdictions (e.g., Singapore and Vietnam) have recently updated their laws with the view of strengthening enforcement.
Overview of merger regimes in Asia-Pacific
New laws and important amendments in some jurisdictions (e.g., China and India) have already propelled new regulators onto the world stage. Other authorities, such as Singapore and Taiwan, are increasing their experience in reviewing increasingly complex deals while others still are rapidly introducing and strengthening merger control regimes (e.g., Thailand and Vietnam).
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