China: Introduction to China’s Anti-monopoly Law

2015 marks the seventh anniversary of China’s Anti-monopoly Law (the “AML”). The AML is gradually taking root and has contributed to shaping the economic landscape and competition status in China. As one of the first firms which took part in the drafting of the AML and thereby one of the first to provide anti-monopoly related services, we are fortunate to have witnessed first-hand the rapid development of this legal regime. This article presents an introduction of the AML and its implementation status, covering merger control, antitrust administrative enforcement and civil actions.

* The authors would like to thank Menglin Jia from the antitrust team of King & Wood Mallesons Beijing office for her contribution to the article. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not constitute legal advice. I. Overview 1. Nearly seven years have passed since the enactment of the AML on 1 August 2008. Before the AML came into effect, the Chinese government had spent more than ten years consulting on the drafting and implementation of the AML with the public. It goes without saying that, during the past seven years, significant changes have taken place in the legislation and enforcement of the AML, which has achieved both domestic and international recognition. 2. There are three antitrust law enforcement authorities in China, i.e. the

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Susan Ning, Hazel Yin, China: Introduction to China’s Anti-monopoly Law, May 2016, Concurrences N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79012,

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