M&A Index — China’s merger controls

China has only had antitrust rules in place for five years, but increasingly the power of its merger control authority, MOFCOM, is being felt at home and abroad, and investors must potentially be prepared to confront some significant and costly hurdles.

China only introduced its Anti-Monopoly Law in August 2008, putting a requirement on investors to file their merger proposals with MOFCOM’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau.

Not surprisingly, many international and domestic investors have been struggling to understand the scope and the impact of what is still a relatively new antitrust regime…

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