By Simon Holmes (EU) , Emma Radcliffe (EU), Sharon Henrick (AU), James Darch (AU), Neil Carabine (HK), James Wilkinson (HK) and Kate Peng (PRC). King & Wood Mallesons

The volume and depth of cross-border cooperation between competition authorities is increasing, according to American Bar Association research. Greater collaboration between regulators has occurred as issues have become increasingly complex and multi-jurisdictional in nature.

This highlights the need for multinational companies to take a global approach to competition issues, including mergers and antitrust compliance. In turn, this requires careful coordination between competition advisors around the world – whether in the same firm or different firms.

This article provides an overview of our experience with competition regulators in each of Australia, China, Europe and Hong Kong, including:

  • each regulator’s general approach;
  • examples of matters involving cooperation with other jurisdictions; and
  • information sharing considerations.

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