On December 4th and 5th, 2012, the first China Competition Policy Forum (the “Forum“) was held in China University of Political Science and Law. The Forum was sponsored by the expert advisory group of the Anti-monopoly Commission of the State Council. The Directors-General of the three enforcers under the Anti-Monopoly Law (the “AML“), i.e. the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM“), the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC“) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“) attended the Forum and introduced the latest development of their AML enforcement activities.1
According to Director-General Shang Ming (尚明) of the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of MOFCOM, up to September 30, 2012, a total of 622 merger notification filings were received by MOFCOM, among which 562 were accepted and 510 were closed. Amongst the cases having been closed, only 1 case was rejected (i.e., Coca Cola’s acquisition of Hui Yuan) and 15 cases were cleared with conditions. Mr. Shang mentioned the publication of 458 unconditionally approved cases in November this year2, and indicated that MOFCOM would regularly summarize and release the unconditionally cleared cases in the future.