Chinese Antitrust Investigations in 2015

By John Yong Ren[1], Jason Liu[2]



In China, there are three administrative authorities that serve as enforcement authorities of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”): the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) reviews concentration of undertakings (merger review) and the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) investigate monopolistic agreements (cartels and vertical restraint) and abuses of dominant market position. Specifically, the NDRC investigates cases involving pricing issues, and the SAIC is in charge of cases without pricing issues.

This article intends to present an overview of the antitrust activities of the NDRC and SAIC in 2015, followed by a discussion on the trends and prospects of the antitrust investigation in China.