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Firms in the Spotlight Antitrust and competition: foreign firms

Kangxin Partners, p.c.

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Since its establishment in 1994, Kangxin has grown into a leader amongst IP law firms in China, with offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Xi’an, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Dongguan. Our client base includes domestic Chinese enterprises and international companies from around the world. We represent many different businesses, including start-ups, well-known domestic entities, and Fortune …

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Chang Tsi & Partners

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Since its establishment in 2002, Chang Tsi & Partners has become one of the leading law firms in China. The firm has constantly been referred to as a “National Outstanding Law Firm”, “The Best IP Law Firm in China”, “China IP Law Firm” and “Tier 1 IP Law Firm of the Year” by the Ministry …

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Antitrust and competition: foreign firms in China

Clifford Chance LLP

The antitrust practice at Clifford Chance LLP advises both multinational and national clients on a range of issues such as high-profile, global joint acquisitions, Asian regional deals, and restructuring and mergers. Yong Bai leads the practice, utilising his previous experience at MOFCOM to advise clients on the full spectrum of antitrust issues. Foreign legal counsel Dayu Man (New York qualified) joined the Hong Kong office in 2022, so strengthening the team's expertise in global merger control practices. Zibo Liu acts as counsel on merger controls, antitrust investigations, and mock dawn raids.


Practice head(s):

Yong Bai

Other key lawyers:

Dayu Man; Zibo Liu


‘Clifford Chance LLP have enriched experience in handling complex and high-profile merger filings both in China and globally. They frequently work on complicated multi-jurisdictional filings for leading Chinese clients for their overseas investments across the globe.’

‘Yong Bai, Dayu Man and Zibo Liu are experienced lawyers in the antitrust practice in China. They form a highly diversified team with strong legal skills and commercial awareness. ’

‘The team is very precise about anti-monopoly policies and businesses of overseas countries and can meet the needs and concerns of customers. They respond to customer concerns efficiently. Due to the team’s outstanding capabilities and rich experience it can predict well the approval time of the relevant countries’ governments.’

‘Clifford Chance LLP has the strongest comprehensive ability in domestic and international project anti-monopoly concentration declarations.’

Key clients


China Baowu Steel Group

China Three Gorges Spain



Volkswagen (China) Investment Co.



Hang Seng Bank Limited

ORIX Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus, Safran, and Tikehau Investment Management on their joint acquisition of Aubert & Duval, a strategic supplier of critical parts and materials.
  • Advised China Baowu Steel Group on its acquisition of 100% interest in Sinosteel Group Corporation, both are fully owned by Central SASAC.
  • Advising Abbott on a resale price maintenance (RPM) investigation led by the Shanghai administration for market regulation.


Linklaters‘ antitrust and foreign investment group excels at advising its varied client base on complex merger controls and providing expertise on investigations and litigation. The team uses its expansive knowledge to provide advice in sectors such as technology, healthcare, and automotive industries. Clients include large multinationals and Chinese state-owned enterprises. Beijing-based Fay Zhou heads up the team specialising in competition law and regulatory issues for both multinational and local clients. She uses her experience at China’s Ministry of Commerce to assist with regulatory issues and often acts as an advisor to Chinese authorities, ensuring her team has a strong relationship with SAMR. The firm runs a joint operation with Zhao Sheng Law Firm where co-heads Xi Liao and Arthur Peng work as part of an integrated team.  Qiuying Zheng and Larry Zhou both handle high-profile cases of merger control/compliance, investigations and regulatory issues.


Practice head(s):

Fay Zhou; Xi Liao; Arthur Peng

Other key lawyers:

Qiuying Zheng; Larry Zhou


‘Fay Zhou and her team have been deeply involved in the field of China’s anti-monopoly law for many years, participated in legal discussions, represented many clients in antimonopoly investigations, and assisted clients in establishing antimonopoly compliance systems. Her knowledge of monopoly legal rules is rare in a lawyer.’

‘Fay Zhou is an outstanding professional. She has clear communication with her customers, is timely and completes her work well.’

Key clients






China Merchants Group

China National Nuclear Corporation



Johnson & Johnson







Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on the Chinese merger filing for its US$70 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
  • Advising Intel on China regulatory aspects of its $5.4bn acquisition of Tower Semiconductors.
  • Advising Novozymes A/S on its $12.3bn merger with Chr. Hansen Holding.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP works together with its joint operation Lang Yue Law Firm to advise clients across multiple sectors and jurisdictions on their antitrust issues. The firm represents clients in merger control filings, cartel investigations, and arbitration cases. Recently the team has been engaging in more antitrust litigation work due to growing enforcement activities and private actions within China. François Renard chairs the practice with a history of representing clients in complex proceedings and merger control investigations. Working alongside Renard is Vivian Cao who joined Lang Yue in January 2023 from Zhao Sheng Law Firm to lead the antitrust practice there.



Practice head(s):

François Renard; Vivian Cao

Key clients



Contemporary Amperex Technology and Luoyang

Guohong Investment Holding Group




Corio Generation

BMT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Maersk on the acquisition of LF Logistics, a $3.6 billion cross-border merger.
  • Advised Evonik on the merger filings in China for its establishment of a polymethacrylimide foam joint venture with the affiliates of AVIC Aviation High-Technology.
  • Advised Contemporary Amperex Technology and Luoyang Guohong Investment Holding Group on multi-jurisdictional merger control analysis of the strategic restructuring investment in Sichuan Contemporary Amperex Technology.

Baker McKenzie FenXun

Baker McKenzie FenXun advises clients on a range of cross-border antitrust and competition matters alongside their Beijing-based joint operation FenXun Partners. The practice handles merger controls as well as global cartels and competition investment issues for its local and international clientele. Practice head Stephen Crosswell leads the team from Hong Kong advising on complex multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations, merger clearance for M&A transactions, and competition audits. Laura Liu from FenXun Partners works closely with the team. Tom Jenkins joined as special counsel in January 2023 from Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL in Belgium.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crosswell

Other key lawyers:

Laura Liu; Tom Jenkins

Key clients

APG Asset Management

Archer Daniels Midland Singapore

Assicurazioni Generali (Generali)


Boston Scientific Corporation

British Telecom

CapitaLand Investment

City Garden Hotel


PT Vale Indonesia

Siam Cement Group



Tencent Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Generali with its submission of merger notifications in Thailand in relation to its stepping up of shareholding in AXA AFFIN General Insurance Berhad and AXA AFFIN Life Insurance Berhad.
  • Advised Siam Cement Group on the merger control aspects of the amalgamation of Siam Cement Logistics Limited (SGL) and JWD Infologistics (JWD).
  • Advising Tencent Holdings Limited on multiple high-profile deals in numerous jurisdictions globally.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The competition and antitrust team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP works closely with its corporate and dispute practices to advise on merger transactions and competition law enforcement cases including SASAC controlled Chinese state owned enterprises. Chairing the team, Adelaide Luke specialises in Hong Kong competition law but also handles antitrust and merger control within China. In Shanghai at its joint operation  Kewei Law Firm, Frances Xu assists on all aspects of competition law. Senior associate Howard Chan is knowledgeable on competition law regimes across Asia, while associate Hazel Xu  focuses on commodity trading and M&As.


Practice head(s):

Adelaide Luke

Other key lawyers:

Frances Xu; Howard Chan; Hazel Xu

Key clients

Marriott International


South32 Group


Equinor ASA, Hydro Rein, and Scatec

Minth Group and Renault

Altra Industrial Motion


Comcast Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising South32 on the merger filings of its acquisition of a 45% shareholding in the Sierra Gorda copper mine in Chile.
  • Advising Synthomer on competition aspects of its $1 billion acquisition of the adhesive resins business of Eastman Chemical Company.
  • Advising Renault and Minth Group on competition aspects of formation of a joint venture to manufacture and supply aluminium battery casings.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The competition and antitrust team at Hogan Lovells International LLP sits within its global antitrust, competition, and economic regulation practice enabling the firm to integrate its work with other key antitrust jurisdictions. Its work encompasses both merger and non-merger issues, including government and internal investigations as well as counselling work. TMT is where the team shines, advising major local and international technology and internet companies on the full scope of their antitrust issues. Adrian Emch leads the team from Beijing, utilising his expertise to advise on merger controls, cartel/abuse of dominance investigations, and competition law. Associate Qing Lyu advises national and multinational companies on conduct investigations, policy analysis, and antitrust compliance.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Emch

Other key lawyers:

Qing Lyu


‘The firm boasts transnational networks and has an international perspective on issues.’

‘Adrian Emch has a profound background in EU competition law and more than ten years of experience in practicing Chinese antimonopoly law. When advising on competition law for our European company in China, his advantages are unsurpassed by any Chinese lawyer. Adrian has always maintained an excellent professional level, fast response speed, and provided us with pragmatic, concise, and implementable legal opinions.


Work highlights

  • Advised Stumpf Group on the global antitrust filings of selling a minority shareholding in the Exyte Group to funds managed by BDT Capital Partners.

Jones Day

Jones Day utilises its global approach to aid in antitrust investigations and litigations both inside and outside of China. Domestic and international clients regularly seek out the practice for antitrust advice and merger reviews. Hong Kong-based Peter Wang leads on the antitrust and litigation practices, establishing himself as a go-to for M&A and non-merger investigations for US and Chinese clients. Yizhe Zhang and Qiang Xue (who is valued for his 'profound knowledge of government regulation and anti-monopoly law') are well qualified to advise on Chinese enforcement agencies’ investigations and decision-making practices. In Beijing, Yichen Wu handles merger filing reviews and private litigation, while Lawrence Wang focuses on pre-merger notifications and antitrust government investigations.


Practice head(s):

Peter Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yizhe Zhang; Qiang Xue; Yichen Wu; Lawrence Wan


‘ The team led by Qiang Xue has helped us handle some of our most significant and complex legal matters. Their feedback is timely, can fully consider the actual business situation, and the legal opinions given are easy to implement. Jones Day has a strong overseas litigation, government supervision, and antimonopoly business team.’

‘Qiang Xue has profound knowledge of government regulation and anti-monopoly law. Due to his experience working in a domestic regulatory agency he has a more accurate understanding of the needs and problems of domestic clients.’

‘The lawyers of the Jones Day antimonopoly team corporate well, have high professionalism and rich business experience. They can provide customers with the best service in the fastest time.’


Key clients

Marubeni Corporation

Evoqua Water Technologies

Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology Co.



Roper Technologies

China Eastern Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Marubeni Corporation on the sale of the global grain business of Gavilon Agriculture Investment to Viterra following a reorganization of Gavilon’s structure.
  • Advised Evoqua Water Technologies on its $7.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Xylem.
  • Advised SEMCORP on its merger filing for a joint venture with CATL to manufacture cutting-edge Li-ion battery separators.


Advising clients from across automotive, machinery and manufacturing, life sciences, and TMT, the antitrust, competition and trade practice at CMS is well versed in handling a range of antitrust issues. Typical work for the team covers merger control filings and creating anti-trust compliance programmes. Corporate, M&A and competition specialist Kevin Wang re-joined as principal counsel and co-head in March 2022. Ulrike Glueck leads the team in Shanghai with her skills in antitrust projects. Associate Yedi Zhu also joined the team in April 2023 assisting on merger control filings and competition law matters. Nick Beckett leads the Beijing antitrust team alongside Vera Zhang.


Practice head(s):

Ulrike Glueck; Kevin Wang

Other key lawyers:

Nick Beckett; Vera Zhang; Yedi Zhu

Work highlights

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The competition team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handles both transactional and compliance matters for global businesses in China. The practice is retained by clients to advise on anti-monopoly law, reviewing commercial policies, and merger filings. David Boitout, Jiannian Fan , and Min Guo  all lead the team with their combined expertise in competition and antitrust law. Associate Xi Chen is based in Beijing and handles merger notifications to SAMR, compliance, and project work.


Practice head(s):

David Boitout; Jiannian Fan; Min Guo

Other key lawyers:

Xi Chen

Key clients


Air Liquide



PSA Group





Work highlights


O'Melveny works across all areas of antitrust and competition law from merger controls to investigating sensitive price-fixing and abuse of dominance cases. On the merger control side it assists semiconductor, technology, and automotive industries on SAMR merger processes and non-competition issues. For competition issues the team advises on anti-monopoly law changes while also providing strategic counselling on compliance and enforcement risks, including abuse of dominance claims. Practice head Philip Monaghan combines his EU law background with his antitrust expertise in Hong Kong – he is particularly noted for his knowledge of merger control within the semiconductor industry. Lining Shan resides in Beijing aiding with merger filings and anti-unfair competition training for clients, while Vivian Wang handles merger review from Shanghai.


Practice head(s):

Philip Monaghan

Other key lawyers:

Lining Shan; Vivian (Weixuan) Wang

Key clients

Coherent Corp.

Asiana Airlines

TTM Technologies


I Squared Capital Advisors (HK)

Semtech Corporation

DL Chemical Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Asiana on its proposed acquisition by Korean Air Lines Co., SAMR and CMA in the UK have approved the transaction subject to remedies.
  • Assisting TTM Technologies with merger control and FDI filing requirements related to its $330 million acquisition of Telephonics Corporation.
  • Assisting Coherent Corp. with its merger control and FDI filings for its proposed acquisition of Coherent, Inc.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP deals with cross-border transactions and regional conduct and litigation matters across Asia Pacific. Merger control approvals for international transactions is another highlight for the firm, working closely with its M&A team to advise both local and international clients. Practice head Andrew Foster is knowledgeable on China’s anti-monopoly enforcement procedures, but also advises on a range of antitrust matters. Asia Pacific counsel Kexin Li works on high-profile merger control cases and handles on-going remedy compliance efforts at SAMR. Senior competition attorney Julia Zhu works across both the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, focusing on antitrust law within China. Jacqueline Arena is also noted for her merger transaction work.


Practice head(s):

Andrew Foster

Other key lawyers:

Kexin Li; Julia Zhu; Jacqueline Arena

Key clients

Intel Corporation


Activision Blizzard



DuPont de Nemours

Axiata Group Berhad


JX Nippon

Brookfield Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Intel Corporation on its $5.4 billion acquisition of Israel-based foundry and chipmaker Tower Semiconductor.
  • Assisted HP with antitrust aspects of its $3.3 billion acquisition of Poly.
  • Assisting Activision Blizzard with regulatory filings related to its $75 billion acquisition by Microsoft.