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China antitrust authority consults on agreements rules

 |  January 9, 2019

Posted by Lexology

China antitrust authority consults on agreements rules

By Adrian Emch (Hogan Lovells)

On 3 January 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released a draft of the Regulation on the Prohibition of Monopoly Agreement Conduct (Draft) on its website, inviting comments from interested stakeholders. The consultation period ends on 3 February.

The Draft is the first significant normative output in the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) field after the establishment of SAMR and the transfer of antitrust powers from the three prior antitrust units at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), and the Ministry of Commerce to SAMR in Spring 2018.


The Draft is divided into 5 chapters, and has 44 provisions. Unlike the prior regulations adopted by SAMR’s predecessor bodies NDRC and SAIC, the Draft contains both substantive and procedural provisions in the same legal text.

The bulk of the agreements-specific provisions can be found in the second chapter of the Draft. In this chapter, SAMR provides guidance on the concept of “concerted practice,” largely reflecting the approach laid out in prior NDRC and SAIC regulations. The chapter also puts forward more details on both the horizontal agreements prohibitions in the AML – price-fixing; output restriction; market partitioning; technology-related restrictions; and collective boycott – and the resale price maintenance (RPM) prohibition as the only explicitly outlawed vertical restraint.

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