First, it is no doubt that this case has become a landmark case in the developing history of China anti-monopoly law. There are four points I should address under my first topic as to why this case is so significant to China AML.
Today afternoon, just twenty minutes ago, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) promulgated its decision regarding the concentration between The Coca-Cola Company and China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited, which prohibited this acquisition. This prohibition decision is the first prohibition decision issued by MOFCOM since the enforcement of Chinese Anti-monopoly Law (AML).
On September 3, 2008, The Coca-Cola Company announced its intention to make cash offers to purchase China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited; a Hong Kong listed company which owns the Huiyuan juice business throughout China.