Spitzberg Elevators Corporation: Responding to Antitrust Legislation
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In April 2015, a legal associate at Spitzberg Elevators Corporation, a U.S. corporation operating in Hong Kong, was tasked with recommending how the company should respond to Hong Kong’s new anti-competition legislation, which was scheduled to be enacted within eight months. The legal associate first needed to review the legislation, specifically the key portions that could have an impact on her company's imminent plans to bid on several elevator contracts. She also needed to decide whether to recommend the company take a proactive stand by complying with the not-yet-enacted legislation or continue to comply with the current rules until the new legislation would take effect.
The case is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses on the legal environment in Hong Kong, global business, competition, or business policy and regulations. Students do not require any legal background to understand the challenges presented in the case. Following the discussion of the case, students will have developed their abilities to:
- assess the impact of cultural norms on firms’ reactions to legislation;
- understand, from regulators' perspectives, the challenges of crafting and enacting legislation;
- assess the role of regulation in shaping an industry’s structure; and
- discuss the balance between regulating and encouraging competition.
Hong Kong, Small, 2015
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