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AnJie Law Firm is highly active in administrative investigations, antitrust litigation and merger control filings. Its client roster features local and international clients spanning a broad range of sectors. Managing partner Hao Zhan has 'a wealth of experience of handling private antitrust litigation'. Among the recent cases the team had handled, Zhan and Ying Song defended a multinational manufacturing company in an abuse of market dominance case and are acting for the same client in an antitrust investigation initiated by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Michael Gu assisted with the merger control aspects of a joint venture transaction and advised Yinyi Group on its concentration filing with MOFCOM relating to its acquisition of Punch Powertrain.

Fangda Partners is particularly noted for its experience of handling high-profile antitrust investigations, representing international clients at all Chinese antitrust agencies. Leveraging its strength in big-ticket M&A transactions, the team also handles a large number of merger control filings and works closely with its Hong Kong office. The highly regarded Michael Han advised DuPont on the PRC filing relating to its merger with The Dow Chemical Company, and assisted Becton, Dickinson and Company with the PRC merger filing aspects of its global acquisition of C.R. Bard. Other highlights saw the team representing a multinational client in an abuse of dominance investigation initiated by the NDRC and acting for a Fortune 500 company's Chinese subsidiaries in an investigation in relation to a price-fixing arrangement. Private antitrust litigation also features. Vivian Cao, Fang Qi, counsel Bryan Fu, and Hong Kong-based Andrew Skudder are further names to note.

JunHe LLP's five-partner team is widely regarded as the 'leading antitrust practice with a wealth of experience in the full spectrum of antitrust matters'. Demonstrating this, the team handled a large number of merger control filings; represented a Fortune 500 company in investigations initiated by both NDRC and State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) on an alleged abuse of dominance; advised multinational, Chinese SOEs and private companies on antitrust compliance issues; and represented a software company in an anti-monopoly administrative litigation. Yingling Wei heads the group, which also includes Janet Hui and Audrey Chen, who are experienced in merger control filings and cartel investigations respectively.

King & Wood Mallesons' six-partner team counts multinational blue-chip companies, Fortune 500 companies, Chinese conglomerates and government authorities as its clients which it advises on a wide range of antitrust and competition matters. It has particular expertise in handling antitrust administrative investigations and civil antitrust litigation, and advises on a steady flow of high-profile merger control filings arising from multijurisdictional M&A transactions. In 2017, practice head Susan Ning and Kate Peng acted for a Fortune 500 company in an NDRC investigation, and Zhifeng Chai successfully represented an SOE in responding to an investigation initiated by NDRC. Han Wu who specialises in data compliance and cybersecurity was promoted to the partnership. The team saw the departure of Hazel Yin who joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2018.

T & D Associates is widely regarded as the 'go-to firm' for merger control filing issues and investigations initiated by NDRC and SAIC. Yong Ren provides 'top-class' advice to clients from a range of industries including consumer product manufacturing, technology and transportation.

Zhong Lun Law Firm's 'solid' antitrust practice includes several experienced practitioners recommended for their expertise in abuse of dominance, merger control, antitrust investigations, private litigation and compliance. Recent highlights include representing a multinational client in a high-profile NDRC investigation; acting as local counsel for China Renaissance Capital Investment and Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group in the merger review clearance relating to their joint acquisition of Robert Bosch’s starter motors and generators businesses; assisting China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology with the filing following its merger with Huabei Expressway; and defending Shell (China) against its distributors in an alleged breach of horizontal monopoly agreement and abuse of dominance dispute. Peng Wu and Scott Yu are the key names to note, as is Yi Xue who is singled out for his 'accurate grasp of the key points' and the ability to offer 'tailored advice'.

Broad & Bright is highly recommended for merger control filings which it acts for multinational companies across a diverse range of sectors, including electronics, automotive, IT and food and beverage. The team also handles NDRC investigations relating to pricing. The 'knowledgeable and diligent' Yao Feng heads the practice.

Han Kun Law Offices is a popular choice for merger filings and antitrust litigation, particularly for clients in the TMT sector. It also has notable experience of handling standard essential patent antitrust litigation. Representative clients include Baidu and Tencent. Among its recent highlights, it advised Louis Dreyfus on the merger notification with MOFCOM following its acquisition of a Chinese food company, and represented a large Chinese company in an abuse of market dominance case. Chen Ma heads the team which also includes associate Da Shi.

AllBright Law Offices' antitrust practice strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work. In 2017, practice head Henry Ding successfully represented a number of clients in unfair competition litigation; TAL Education Group, CDP GROUP and Newell Brands are among the list. Another highlight includes acting for United Arab Shipping Company in an NDRC investigation pertaining to the violation of China anti-monopoly legislation.

DaHui Lawyers' 2017 hire of the 'highly experienced' Jie Tong from Allen & Overy LLP added an outstanding merger review, cartel investigations and compliance capability to its strong corporate offering. Recent instructions saw Tong representing a multinational chemical company in an antitrust investigation and litigation case and acting as local counsel on the China merger control aspect of a multi-jurisdictional acquisition for a private equity firm.

DeHeng Law Offices' recent highlights saw the practice head Ding Liang successfully representing Huawei Technologies in the high-profile standard essential patent (SEP) and antitrust litigation against Samsung, assisting China Ocean Shipping Company with an NDRC investigation pertaining shipping cartel, and defending Jiangsu Shagang in a section 337 investigation initiated by US Steel. Other instructions include merger control filings and antitrust-related compliance issues.

Dentons China advises a broad range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, domestic SOEs and private companies; area of expertise include merger filings, antitrust compliance, private litigation and investigation. Jet Deng heads the team from its Beijing office, and recently handled the merger filing following the merger between Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding  ASA and Wallenius Lines. It also represented a multinational conglomerate in responding to an NDRC investigation into an alleged abuse of dominance case. Shanghai-based Ken Dai is another name to note and counts SF Express, Pacific International Lines and VMware as his clients.

FenXun Partners is uniquely positioned to advise on multi-jurisdictional filings, leveraging its joint operation with Baker McKenzie FenXun which provides a solid international platform. The 'knowledgeable and experienced' practice head Zhi Bao, with experience working at the MOFCOM, is singled out for his merger control filings expertise. Recent highlights include handling the Chinese merger control filing for Lonza Group following its acquisition of Capsugel and Murata's merger filing following its acquisition of Sony's battery business. Associate Chunyuan Dou is also recommended.

Global Law Office's competition practice continues to grow with the arrival of Jiang Wan who joined from NDRC in 2017. The team has particular expertise in assisting healthcare and pharmaceutical sector clients with their merger filings; it also handles investigations including price-fixing arrangement initiated by NDRC, as well as antitrust-related compliance issues. Representative clients include Schneider Electric, Warburg Pincus and Meinian Onehealth Healthcare. Practice head Qing Ren focuses on merger filings and obtaining approvals from MOFCOM.

Lifang & Partners is praised for its 'insightful knowledge and rich experience dealing with the Chinese courts and the Chinese antitrust agencies'. It combines IP and competition expertise to handle IP-related antitrust investigations and litigation; its caseload also features Chinese merger filings relating to multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Managing partner Guanbin Xie is 'a formidable thinker with strategic insights' coupled with 'exceptional litigation skills and in-depth antitrust and industrial knowledge'. In 2017, Xie and Jiao Shan represented a TMT sector client in an antitrust litigation for abuse of dominance dispute at the Beijing IP court.

Llinks Law Offices' client roster features a mix of multinational and domestic clients which it handles merger filings arising from large M&A and joint venture mandates. Recent highlights saw David Pan representing Donaldson (China) Trading in defending an unfair competition claim and Nicholas Lou acting for SAIC Motor Corporation on the antitrust aspects of its joint venture with Infineon Technologies. Counsel Kevin Huang is another name to note.

Tian Yuan Law Firm's clients span a wide spectrum of industries including technology, engineering, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and utilities; Tencent, Didi, Jilantai Salt Chemical (Group) and Sony Music Entertainment are among the list. Its recent matters feature a mix of antitrust investigation, merger control filing, private antitrust litigation and antitrust compliance. Practice head Wei Huang represented the Chinese e-commerce giant in an abuse of dominance dispute against; he also advised a Chinese asset management company on the concentration filing relating to a multibillion-dollar acquisition. Senior associates Fan Zhu  and Guizhen Han  are other names to note.

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