December 13, 2018

August 2018 Vol. 18 No 1

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Roundtable on Antitrust Developments in China Ten Years On

  • A panel of seasoned practitioners––Mark Cohen, Ninette Dodoo, Michael Han, Su Sun, and Guanbin Xie––share their views on trends observed over the past decade in China’s antitrust enforcement in the areas of merger review, investigation, and litigation; implications of the recent consolidation of the Chinese antitrust agencies; hot topics such as treatment of Standard Essential Patents; and the outlook for the future of antitrust in China.

Looking Ahead: The Integration of Chinese Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Authorities

  • Earlier this year, China combined its three anti-monopoly enforcement agencies into one new agency, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR).  Peter J. Wang, Yizhe Zhang, and Qiang Xue examine the background behind the reform and the major implications of this integration.

A Ten-Year Review of Merger Enforcement in China

  • Following up on their review of the first five years, Fei Deng and Cunzhen Huang extend their study to include the subsequent five years. The authors survey and examine the latest trends and discuss the characteristics of China’s past merger enforcement that remain.

A Decade in Review: Antitrust Enforcement by China’s NDRC and SAIC

  • Yong Huang, Elizabeth Xiao-Ru Wang, and Roger Xin Zhang provide an overview of the antitrust investigations conducted by the NDRC and the SAIC in the last decade, an in-depth discussion of two landmark cases, and a prediction of the potential effects of the recent regulatory restructuring on antitrust enforcement in China going forward.


Algorithmic Price Discrimination on Online Platforms and Antitrust Enforcement in China’s Digital Economy

  • Wei Han, Yajie Gao, and Ai Deng discuss the antitrust implications of “Shashu” practices––algorithmic price discrimination by online platforms where longer-term customers are charged less favorable prices ––in China.  They explore the potential challenges of applying China’s antitrust law to algorithmic price discrimination and offer some suggestions on how to structure the analysis.

The Role of Computing Infrastructure in Economic Consulting and Litigation

  • Continuing our series of articles explaining complex antitrust economics principles to lawyers, Allan Shampine, Loren Poulsen, and Michael Sabor offer a very practical look at how progress in computing infrastructure and developments in data availability and size have opened up exciting new possibilities for economic analysis. The authors illustrate the new challenges economic consultants are faced with, what equipment and software are being used to deal with these challenges, and how to avoid or mitigate potential issues.


Editor's Note


Editors’ Note: In this issue, we feature a symposium on antitrust developments in China ten years on, organized by Fei Deng and Su Sun. Fei, an Editor of the Antitrust Source, is a partner at Edgeworth Economics, and Su Sun, a vice president at Economists Incorporated, is a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal. We also continue our series of articles on antitrust economics for lawyers with a practical look at the effect of data availability and size on economic analysis.

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