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理律獲選為競爭法菁英事務所~公平交易法修正草案簡介



理律法律事務所以其在競爭法領域的優異表現榮獲國際知名競爭法期刊Global Competition ReviewGCR)選為台灣地區之「菁英事務所」(Elite Law Firm)。此為GCR首次對台灣事務所進行評鑑(獲選事務所分為菁英與推薦兩等級),完整評鑑報告發表於GCR 20135月號的期刊。在此之前,理律於2002~2007年間即已多次名列GCR全球優秀競爭法事務所的名單中(GCR 100)(自2008年起GCR 100未將台灣列入評選法域)。屢獲國際刊物認可係再次證明了本所卓越的競爭法專業知識深獲各界肯定。
另就法令更新部分,行政院已於201212月通過公平交易法(「公平法」)修正草案,該草案係公平法自1992年施行以來修改幅度最大的一次。草案所涉及的議題甚廣,包括結合管制、聯合行為之執法、乃至於限制競爭或不公平競爭等均在本次提議修正的範圍內。
結合管制方面,結合案件最長審查期間自現行的60天延長至90天;且結合申報門檻由目前銷售金額與市場占有率雙軌制改為銷售金額單一門檻制。
此外,修正草案將搜索扣押之權力納入,希冀藉此加強公平交易委員會(「公平會」)調查聯合行為(卡特爾)的執法能力。法規結構面而言,修正草案將聯合行為、濫用市場地位、不公平競爭等違法態樣作更明確的區分,並針對不同的違法行為制定適當的處罰與改正措施。同時,公平會對於違法行為之裁處權時效由3年延長至5年。修正草案中,最可能對一般事業日常營運造成直接影響的是將禁止限制轉售價格之規定從「當然違法」改為得用「合理原則」判斷其適法性。草案另增訂中止調查制度,即受調查事業若已採取具體措施消除涉嫌違法行為,公平會可中止案件調查。鑒於草案對現行公平法的修改是全方面的,一旦通過後,預期台灣的競爭法法規實務將呈現截然不同的面貌。
目前修正草案仍由立法院審議中,立法時程尚未明朗化。本所會密切注意相關消息以將最新進度提供予客戶。若您有任何疑問,請隨時與本所聯繫。

Lee and Li Named Elite Firm
Draft of Amendments to Fair Trade Act
Lee and Li has just been named by the Global Competition Review (GCR) as one of the elite firms in Taiwan for outstanding performance in the competition law practice. For the first time the GCR conducted a country survey on Taiwan's competition law market (the ranking is categorized as two tiers: elite and highly recommended), and the full report will be published in its May 2013 Issue. But even before receiving this honor, Lee and Li has been singled out year after year as one of the leading competition law firms in the world (GCR 100) during 2002~2007 (Taiwan has been excluded from the survey since 2008). The international journal's recognition affirms Lee and Li's unrivaled capacity for handling competition cases.
By way of update, please note in December 2012, the Executive Yuan approved the draft of amendments to the Taiwan Fair Trade Act ("FTA"), which may be the most sweeping reform since the FTA came into effect in 1992. The draft amendments cover various topics from merger control, cartel enforcement, to restrictive competition and unfair competition.
On the merger control front, the maximum merger review period will be extended from 60 days to 90 days. Meanwhile, the filing threshold will be revised from the dual thresholds (market share and turnover) to the single turnover threshold.
The draft amendments introduce dawn raid and seizure as two new enforcement tools since the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") needs more forceful investigative power to detect cartels. Structure-wise, competition offences – cartel offence, abuse of dominance, unfair competition and so on – are more clearly categorized in the draft amendments and the fines and corrective measures applicable to each type of offense are differentiated. Also, the statutory limitation on penalties will be extended to five years; currently it is three. Another change that may directly affect an enterprise's day-to-day operations is that resale price maintenance offences will move from per se illegal to the "rule of reason" standard.
Furthermore, the FTC proposes adding a clause that allows it to abort an investigation if the business ceases the illegal conduct and undertakes corrective measures. All those changes are expected to overhaul the FTA, which means once the draft amendments are passed, a virtually new competition law will emerge.
As of now, the draft is still pending the Legislative Yuan's review and the legislators' agenda is unknown to the public. We will monitor the legislation process and keep our clients informed of the latest developments.
If you have any further inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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