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Chinese payment encryption device suppliers fined for participation in government-orchestrated cartel

On 4 November 2016, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“) – one of China’s antitrust authorities – published on its website three decisions, whereby three payment encryption device suppliers were fined by SAIC’s branch in Anhui Province (“Anhui AIC“).  Payment encryption devices are used by bank customers to protect the security of payments
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Chinese antitrust enforcer sanctions TV provider

On 7 June 2016, the Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) in Inner Mongolia held the Xilin Gol branch of the Inner Mongolia Radio and Television Network Group (Xilin Gol Radio and Television) to have violated the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML).

Xilin Gol Radio and Television was ordered to stop its illegal conduct, had illegal gains in the amount of RMB … Continue Reading

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Hantao v. Baidu – ‘scraping’ third-party information as unfair competition

On 26 May 2016, the People’s Court in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area handed down its judgment in Hantao v. Baidu, in which Baidu was sued for inappropriately using information uploaded on dianping.com, a Hantao-owned website and app.  The court decided in favor of the plaintiff, and laid out a possible analytical framework for assessing unfair competition aspects in the … Continue Reading

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MOFCOM’s recent actions against technology companies signal increased enforcement of merger control rules

The technology sector has been a constant focus of the Chinese merger control regime. In fact, the IT sector alone has contributed six of the 26 public decisions imposing remedies or outright prohibitions, among them the recent Microsoft/Nokia, Mediatek/MStar and ARM/Giesecke & Devrient/Gemalto transactions.

In particular, two sanctions handed down on the same day on 2 December 2014 at the … Continue Reading