By Susan Ning, Chai Zhifeng and Angie Ng

On June 2, 2011, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) publicly announced the first conditional merger clearance in 2011. At its [2011] No. 33 Announcement, MOFCOM cleared Uralkali’s proposed acquisition of Silvinit (the Parties) (both potash producers based in Russia) with conditions.  This is the 7th conditional merger clearance since the enactment of the Anti-monopoly Law (AML) in 2008.   MOFCOM is obliged by statute to publish conditional clearances. 

The following are the salient points to note vis-à-vis this conditional clearance:Continue Reading The Russian Potash Deal – first conditional clearance of 2011

By Susan Ning, Liu Jia, Huang Jing and Angie Ng, King & Wood’s Competition Group

BHP Billiton (BHP)(1), a global natural resources company, has recently launched a hostile bid (the bid) to purchase PotashCorp (Potash)(2), a leading potash producer based in Canada.
This proposed acquisition is likely to have an impact in the Chinese potash industry.Continue Reading BHP / Potash – and Chinese Antitrust