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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

Competition Watchdog gets New Name, bigger Role

The Competition Commission of Singapore has been renamed as the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore from April 1 onwards, and has taken over the enforcement of rules relating to retailers that persist in unfair trade practices as well.
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Grab-Uber Deal faces Interim Action to ensure Competition

The Competition Commission of Singapore has proposed an interim measure that will require both firms to maintain independent operations while the commission checks whether these companies have infringed the Competition Act.
Date: 31 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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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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, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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