Vietnam launches in-depth probe into Grab-Uber deal in SE Asia

The logo of Uber is pictured during the presentation of their new security measures in Mexico City April 10, 2018. ― Reuters pic
The logo of Uber is pictured during the presentation of their new security measures in Mexico City April 10, 2018. ― Reuters pic

HANOI, May 18 ― Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade said today it had launched an in-depth investigation into ride-hailing company Grab's takeover of Uber Technologies' Southeast Asia business after an initial probe found it might breach antitrust law.

The investigation will take 180 days and could be extended by up to 120 days, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said earlier this week its initial probe suggested the deal might have violated antitrust law

It warned last month the transaction could be blocked if Uber and Grab's combined market share in Vietnam exceeded 50 per cent, the maximum allowed in the country.

Uber and Grab announced a deal in March under which Uber would take a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab in exchange for its Southeast Asian business.

The US company had previously sold operations in China and Russia to local rivals.

Uber and Grab did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comments. ― Reuters

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