In this issue:

Last issue we looked at how protectionist sentiments are playing out in Europe; for this issue, we’ve invited four Asian experts to take a look at whether protectionism exists in Asia. The answers differ, present contrasting viewpoints, and even introduce a little irony. And we have three intriguing updates in our Of Special Interest section, dealing with recent court rulings in Nexium, internet distributions systems, and recent activity using screens in financial and other markets.

Protectionism in Asia?

Kala Anandarajah, Tanya Tang, Oct 29, 2014

Competition Law in Asia—Protecting (Against) Competition?

There could be objective justifications as to why foreign firms are more likely to find themselves the subject of antitrust investigations and infringement decisions. Kala Anandarajah & Tanya Tang (Rajah & Tann)

Cecil Saehoon Chung, Kyoung Yeon Kim, Kyu Hyun Kim, Oct 29, 2014

Early Signs of Protectionist Merger Control in Korea? Probably No, At Least Not Yet

Perhaps all this renewed talk about protectionist merger control might actually tempt some countries to embrace, or at least get closer to, a protectionist merger control regime. Cecil Saehoon Chung, Kyoung Yeon Kim, & Kyu Hyun Kim (Yulchon LLC)

K K Sharma, Oct 29, 2014

Merger Review in China and South East Asia: Does It Smell of Protectionism?

It should not shock puritanical antitrust folks to find traces (or more) of nationalistic leanings in various aspects of competition law enforcement in the newly established competition law jurisdictions. K K Sharma (K K Sharma Law Offices)

Daniel Kane, Scott Sher, Oct 29, 2014

Recent Enforcement Decisions Involving Technology Mergers and Acquisitions at MOFCOM

Unlike these counterparts, however, MOFCOM has also imposed a number of other conditions on merging parties that have rarely—if ever—been sought by other authorities. Scott Sher & Daniel Kane (Wilson Sonsini)

Of Special Interest

Ankur Kapoor, Rosa Morales, Oct 29, 2014

What’s Nexium After Actavis?

The debates over such valuations, and over causation, promise to be significant battlefronts in these cases and particularly in Nexium. Rosa Morales & Ankur Kapoor (Constantine Cannon)

Fryderyk Hoffmann, Oct 29, 2014

Restrictions on Selective Distribution Systems on the Internet

Until then, suppliers in systems of selective distribution operating on the internet should be advised to err on the side of caution. Fryderyk Hoffmann

Rosa Abrantes-Metz, Oct 29, 2014

Recent Successes of Screens for Conspiracies and Manipulations: Why Are There Still Skeptics?”

How can an argument against screens be credibly made given all of the significant examples of their successes, namely on financial benchmarks? Rosa Abrantes-Metz (Global Economics Group)