• China Antitrust Moves Up a Gear
  • November 16, 2011 | Authors: Nancy H. F. Chang; Hannah C. L. Ha; Helen Hai; Gerry P. O'Brien
  • Law Firms: Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM - Beijing Office ; Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office ; Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM - Guangzhou Office ; Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM - Hong Kong Office
  • The third anniversary of the commencement of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”) passed in August of this year without significant attention from the international community. This is not surprising, as until recently 2011 had been a relatively quiet year in terms of AML enforcement. Indeed, until very recently there had been just one ‘adverse’ merger control decision in 2011, a continued absence of successful private actions relating to the law, and little evidence of significant investigations by the key Chinese competition authorities beyond cartels in certain politically sensitive sectors. In this context, it seemed to many observers that 2011 was not going to be the year that the long-anticipated acceleration in AML enforcement would finally occur.