Market-leading antitrust expertise
The ASEAN Economic Community, with a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion, is the fourth largest exporter in the world after the regions of the European Union, North America and China/Hong Kong. Singapore, although a small open economy with a GDP of around US$320 billion, is ranked fifth in density of global headquarters, and is often at the epicentre of competition and merger control strategies for the region. Our Competition & Antitrust Practice has unparalleled experience as antitrust advisers in Singapore and the region.
Largest fully-dedicated team
Our Competition & Antitrust Practice has been consistently cited as Singapore’s leading competition practice by Global Competition Review, and is the largest and most experienced fully-dedicated competition practice in the region. Uniquely, our lawyers are dedicated to antitrust law full-time, and our team includes competition economists, as well as former officers of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), now known as the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), including its founding Chairman.
Range and depth of experience
We are your strategic partners in managing your antitrust exposure in Singapore and ASEAN. We frequently assist clients in cross-border merger assessments, gun-jumping and technical filings, and have unsurpassed experience in complex cartel and monopoly investigations. We are also regularly commissioned by governments to draft competition legislation, codes and policies, including in the aviation, energy, media, postal, telecommunications sectors, and are trainers for the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition.
From the outset, our practice has handled the most complex of international cartel, dominance and merger cases in Singapore. As a market-leader in merger control, we have also advised on approximately 75 per cent. of the merger control cases filed, and public investigation cases engaged, with the CCCS. Our landmark matters include:
- Overturning the CCS’ first provisional decision to block a merger
- Advising on the first competition dispute to be heard before the Energy Market Authority on the essential facilities provisions of the Gas Act
- Advising on the majority of Phase 2 reviews by the CCCS, and clearing and negotiating merger commitments in second requests
- Advising on the amnesty applicant in Singapore’s first international cartel decision, and the immunity applicant in its second global cartel decision
- Advising on multiple abuse of dominance decisions by the CCCS, including the first appeal to the Competition Appeal Board
- Contributing to the development of regional competition law legislation, including being advisers to the Myanmar Competition Commission in the drafting of the Myanmar Competition Act