Authored by: Liu Cheng , Audrey Li , Jin Xiaotian , Zhu Qunfei , Xu Shiwei , Yang Jingru , Wang Mengzhen , Ye Hongtao and Wang Zhiyao

2023 is the 15th year since China’s Anti-monopoly Law (“AML”) became effective, and the first complete year the amendment to the AML in 2022 (“AML Amendment”) was implemented.

In 2023, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) issued a series of supporting regulations to refine the rules under the AML Amendment. Antitrust enforcement has become increasingly a norm and some new types of behaviors (such as no poaching) have caught attention of SAMR. SAMR also improved the efficiency of merger control review by dividing up work between central and provincial regulators.

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