Mr Michael Han > Fangda Partners > Beijing, China > Lawyer Profile

Fangda Partners
27/F North Tower Beijing Kerry Centre
1 Guanghua Road Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020
China
Michael Han photo

Work Department

Antiturst/Competition

Position

Partner

Career

Mr. Han has more than 15 years of experience in advising clients on all aspects of Chinese competition law, covering a broad range of industry sectors, including chemicals, consumer products and retail, container shipping, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, healthcare, high-tech, infrastructure and transport, private equity and telecoms.

Before joining Fangda, Mr. Han was based in China as a partner of a leading international law firm, heading its antitrust practice in the Greater China region. Michael has also worked as an official with MOFTEC (now the Ministry of Commerce, or MOFCOM). He offers clients advice drawn from his rich experience as both a regulator in China and as a practitioner.

In addition to his understanding and knowledge of MOFCOM, Mr. Han had extensive experience in dealing with the other two anti-monopoly enforcement agencies that regulated conduct under the anti-monopoly law — the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) — before their merger with MOFCOM into the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). This experience enables him to keep clients abreast of legal developments in a timely fashion, while providing practical compliance advice.

Mr. Han has been ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Chinese competition/antitrust law by Chambers Asia every year since 2009. He is also recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner in China in Global Competition Review’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and PLC’s Which Lawyer.

Languages

Chinese, English

Education

Harvard Law School, LL.M
Wuhan University Law School, Ph.D in law

Lawyer Rankings

China > Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Fangda Partners has a broad corporate practice, with experience handling inbound and outbound investment as well as the PRC aspects of complex, cross-border deals. The team’s workload includes take-privates, carve-outs and transactions involving state-owned entities, and its client base encompasses Chinese and multinational corporations in addition to private equity funds. Norman Zhong heads up the group and works across the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices; alongside Leo Lou, who is also based in Shanghai, he has considerable expertise in public M&A and private equity. In Beijing, Jeffery Ding and Patrick Li are key names with experience in M&A, IPOs and strategic investments. The corporate group also benefits from the wider firm’s strength in antitrust and merger control, with Michael Han a name to note in this area.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms

Fangda Partners houses ‘a highly competent team of life sciences and healthcare lawyers’, who are equipped to handle the whole life cycle of life sciences and health products’. Highly praised for its ability to combine expertise from many practice areas within the firm’, the practice assists a stellar list of clients with financings, rights issuances, regulatory compliance, licensing applications, IP disputes, and antitrust matters. With ‘many years of experience in the biomedical industry’, Shanghai-based Josh Shin regularly advises on distribution and collaboration agreements. In Beijing, Kate Yin focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement actions while Fang Qi handles IP transactions and antitrust litigation. M&A, foreign investment and PE matters are the area of expertise of Shanghai-based Diana Li. Splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, Michael Han is recommended for joint ventures and antitrust investigations. Sherry Yao departed in April 2022.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

 Fangda Partners‘ antitrust and competition practice acts on high-profile investigations on matters such as abuse of dominance in the digital sphere, with the firm representing some of the largest names in Chinese e-commerce. The team, led by Michael Han, is one of the top choices for PRC counsel in the eyes of many multinational businesses. As well as investigations, Han advises on a range of matters including merger control, competition litigation and strategic and operational counselling. Another key name is Caroline Huang, who assists with abuse of dominance and cartel investigations and merger filing and has notable specialisms in the shipping, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals industries.