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Grab-Uber deal tests Southeast Asian antitrust watchdogs

Merger of ride-hailing companies outsmarts regional competition authorities

Applicants fill out forms to join Grab at its Hanoi office in 2017. The Grab-Uber merger deal was the first of its kind for Vietnam’s regulator since the country's competition law came into effect in 2005.   © AP Photo/Tran Van Minh

MANILA -- Southeast Asia's antitrust regulators have entered an uncharted territory with the Grab-Uber merger, an unprecedented deal that has tested competition authorities' mettle and exposed loopholes in enforcement.

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