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China’s Anti-Monopoly Law requires businesses to notify transactions to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for merger control review, so long as the parties meet certain revenue thresholds  and the transaction involves a change of control or the establishment of a joint venture . Despite these requirements, many businesses — both Chinese and multinational — try to avoid such a filing. Multinational companies may fear the potential length and complications that can arise during MOFCOM review, while some Chinese companies may have the (outdated and unsupported) perception that Chinese businesses need not be as rigorous as multinationals in observing the filing requirements. MOFCOM has been working hard to change these perceptions and has made clear that qualifying transactions must
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