LEGAL PRACTICE: ASEAN – MERGERS – OVERVIEW

An overview of ASEAN merger regimes

To date*, nine out of the ten ASEAN countries have introduced a generic competition law. Whilst all of these ASEAN competition laws deal with anti-competitive agreements (whether horizontal or vertical or both) and abuses of dominance, not all ASEAN countries have chosen to provide for a merger regime. The article provides in a simple table format a quick snapshot of the current status of the ASEAN merger regimes. Importantly, businesses must now factor in a possible merger review in one or more ASEAN countries as part of the overall deal process.

*As of August 2016 1. In line with their commitment in the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint to introduce competition laws by the end of 2015, nine out of the ten ASEAN countries [1] have now a generic competition law in place (although not all of these competition laws are in force). Whilst all of these ASEAN competition laws deal with anti-competitive agreements (whether horizontal or vertical or both)

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Kala Anandarajah, Dominique Lombardi, An overview of ASEAN merger regimes, November 2016, Concurrences Review Nº 4-2016, Art. N° 81716, www.concurrences.com

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