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Singapore fines Grab and Uber S$13 Million for Merger that harms Competition

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 (Bernama) - The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has imposed financial penalties of S$6,419,647 (S$1=RM2.99) on Grab and S$6,582,055 on Uber, respectively, to deter completed, irreversible mergers that harm competition.
Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

CCCS ends Assessment of Maritime Products Merger after Parties abandon Merger

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has ended its assessment of the proposed acquisition by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (“WMS”) of sole control over Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, safety and rescue businesses (“Drew Marine Technical Solutions” or “DMTS”) ( ...
Date: 30 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCCS consults on the proposed Combination of the Mobility Business of Siemens AG with Alstom S A

The Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 19 July 2018 to 2 August 2018 to invite feedback on the proposed merger of Siemens Mobility Business (“SMB”) and Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”) (the “Proposed Transaction”).
Date: 19 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Grab/Uber merger: CCCS Provisionally finds that the Merger has substantially lessened Competition

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a Proposed Infringement Decision (“PID”) against Grab and Uber (each a “Party”, and collectively the “Parties”) in relation to the sale of Uber’s Southeast Asian business to Grab in consideration of Uber holding a 27.5% sta ...
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCCS Provisionally finds that proposed Merger is likely to substantially Reduce Competition between Maritime Products Suppliers

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a Statement of Decision (Provisional) (“SDP”) to Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (“WMS”) and Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, safety and rescue businesses (“Drew Marine Technical Solutions” or “DMTS”). C ...
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCCS clears Proposed Acquisition by BRC Asia Limited of Lee Metal Group Limited

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed acquisition of Lee Metal Group Limited (“Lee Metal”) by BRC Asia Limited (“BRC”) (the “Proposed Transaction”). Following a review of the Proposed Transaction, CCCS concluded that the Proposed ...
Date: 27 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger ...
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

LTA backs the Interim Directions issued by CCCS to Grab and Uber

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has backed the Interim Directions issued by Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to Grab and Uber. LTA noted that the measures pertaining to the removal of exclusivity obligations and impediments to market contestability would further promote market competition in the point-to-point (P2P) ...
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Land Transport Authority

Proposed Poultry Slaughtering Hub: CCS consults on Proposed Commitments provided by Joint Venture Parties to address Competition Concerns

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 28 March 2018 to 3 April 2018 and invites interested parties to provide feedback on the commitments proposed by Mr. Tan Chin Long (“TCL”), Kee Song Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“KSH”), Sinmah Holdings (S) Pte. Ltd, Tong Huat Poultry P ...
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS consults on the proposed Acquisition by Jacobs Douwe Egberts Holdings Asia NL B V of Shares of OldTown Berhad

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 21 December 2017 to 5 January 2018 to invite feedback on the proposed acquisition by Jacobs Douwe Egberts Holdings Asia NL B.V. (“JDE Asia”) of the entire issued and outstanding share capital of OldTown Berhad (“OT”) (the &ld ...
Date: 21 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS consults on Proposed Changes to the Competition Act

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) (“the Act”). The Act strives to level the playing field amongst businesses, promote innovation and productivity, which in turn benefits the Singapore economy, businesses and consumers. The proposed change ...
Date: 21 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Major Car Dealers amend Warranty Terms that restrict Competition for Car Servicing and Repairs

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) has concluded its inquiry into the supply of car parts in Singapore. The inquiry aimed to better understand how the car parts market in Singapore works and the effects of market features on competition.[1]
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS issues Infringement Decision for Bid-Rigging in Electrical Services and Asset Tagging Tenders

Date: 28 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS initiates In Depth Review of proposed Merger between Maritime Products Suppliers

CCS received a notification for decision on 10 August 2017 on whether the proposed acquisition by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (“WMS”) of sole control over Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, safety and rescue businesses (“Drew Marine Technical Solutions” or “DMTS”)[1] (the “Proposed Transacti ...
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS consults on the Proposed Merger of Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) SA and Luxottica Group SpA

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 19 September 2017 to 4 October 2017 to invite interested parties to provide feedback on the proposed merger of Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A. (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group S.p.A. (“Luxottica&rdquo ...
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Competition Appeal Board upholds Financial Penalty imposed by CCS and dismisses Appeal by Financial Adviser

The Competition Appeal Board (“CAB”) has dismissed the appeal of IPP Financial Advisers Pte. Ltd. (“IPP”) and ordered IPP to pay the financial penalty of $239,851 [1] imposed by the Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) together with interest and costs of the appeal.
Date: 02 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Times Publishing/ Penguin Group Proposed Merger: CCS consults on Commitments provided by Parties to address Competition Concerns

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is inviting interested parties to provide feedback on the proposed commitments by Times Publishing Limited (“TPL”) (“Proposed Commitments”) to address competition concerns raised by CCS in relation to TPL’s proposed acquisition of Penguin Random House Pte. Ltd ...
Date: 26 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS and Japan Fair Trade Commission sign First Framework Agreement for Cross-Border Enforcement Cooperation of Competition Laws

1. Chief Executive of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), Mr. Toh Han Li, and Chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) [1] , Mr. Kazuyuki Sugimoto concluded the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today in Tokyo, Japan to increase cross-border enforcement cooperation between CCS and JFTC of their competition laws.
Date: 22 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS issues Proposed Infringement Decision against 5 Capacitor Manufacturers for Price Fixing and exchanging Confidential Business Information

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has today issued a Proposed Infringement Decision (PID) against five capacitor manufacturers (Parties).
Date: 06 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

CCS conducts Public Consultation on acquisition of Penguin Random House Units by Times Publishing

SINGAPORE, Jan 20 (Bernama) - The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is conducting a public consultation to invite feedback on the proposed acquisition by Times Publishing Ltd (TPL) of the entire issued and paid-up capital of Penguin Random House Pte Ltd and Penguin Books Malaysia Sdn Bhd (the Penguin Group Companies).
Date: 20 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Launch of Professional Mobility Framework, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards

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Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

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SC advocates Sustainable Investing at InvestSmart Fest 2018

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