Competition Commission v W Hing and others CTEA 2/2017;  HKCT3
The Hong Kong Competition Tribunal ruled today on the first cartel case brought under the new HK competition law. The Competition Commission of Hong Kong brought a prosecution against 10 contractors on a major public housing project. The contractors were found to have engaged in market sharing and price fixing. They allocated the floors they would work on between one another and used a shared flyer for winning business.
Attempts by the contractors to run defences that their arrangements generated efficiencies and that they sub-contracted their work were rejected. In reaching its judgment the Tribunal considered how concepts of infringement by “object” and “effect” should be considered in Hong Kong. It also set out the law on efficiencies defences and how they are to be treated.
Daniel Beard QC represented the Competition Commission of Hong Kong.