Anti-Trust and Competition

DFDL’s Anti-trust and Competition team understands the realities of international companies and investors in Southeast Asia and can help you with your current business initiatives in the region as well as create effective and compliant action plans for market entry and expansion in light of established and developing competition regimes throughout the region.

A number of our jurisdictions are either still developing their competition regimes or have recently implemented, or are considering implementing, significant amendments to their existing regimes.   In the context of the uncertainty this brings, our advisers have been assisting with competition matters in Southeast Asia for many years and have published and spoken on competition law throughout the region.  Our firm and our advisors have consulted with major international organizations and governments on competition law issues including drafting of competition related legislation and regulations.

How we can help:

  • General competition law advice;
  • Establishing and reviewing competition law compliance manuals and policies;
  • Competition law briefings and alerts;
  • Evaluating business practices to identify and mitigate risks of possible breaches of the competition law (including in particular, anti-competitive agreements, abuses of dominant position and unfair trade practices);
  • Assisting in inspections/investigations conducted by competition authorities including responding to information requests and representing clients in meetings and negotiations with the authorities;
  • Assisting with review of potential merger transactions and, where required, notification filings; and
  • Assisting in defending alleged infringements on competition laws including at proceedings before the competition authority.

Key Credentials:

  • A reputable electrical appliance manufacturer on the Trade Competition Committee’s policy on prohibitive behaviors relating to price recommendation and price setting on a third party online retailing platform in Thailand.
  • Ardian on the merger control regulations under the Trade Competition Act B.E. 2560 (2017) as well as the sector-specific merger control regulations under the power-sector regulations in Thailand.
  • Banpu in preparing the notification file and, among others, determine the combined market shares of the parties participating in the economic concentration in the relevant market being “electricity generation from wind and solar power sector” in Vietnam.
  • A textile machinery company based in India with respect to advice on competition law and merger control support in South Asia and South East Asia.
  • An automotive company with regards to advice on competition law and other laws relevant to the business in Myanmar.

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Key Contacts

Regional Competition Counsel
+855 23 210 400
Partner and Head of Hanoi office
+84 24 3936 6411


Intelligence from the DFDL legal team

Anti-Trust and Competition
Jun 12 2023

Cambodia: Procedures and Fines for Violation of the Competition Law

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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New Decision of the Prime Minister on the appointment of Chairman of Vietnam Competition Commission

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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Vietnam: New Decree 03/2023/ND-CP on functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Vietnam Competition Commission

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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Anti-Trust and Competition
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DFDL Hosts Seminar on Unfair Contract Terms Under Consumer Protection Law

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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David Fruitman and Vansok Khem Publish Article on Cambodia’s First Competition Law

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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Merger Decisions Provide Important Guidance

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Anti-Trust and Competition
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Cambodia: Competition Commission has been Appointed

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