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Michael Gu

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Michael Gu is a founding partner and executive member of AnJie law firm. Michael’s practice mainly focuses on antitrust, cross-border investment and general corporate. As one of the first lawyers practicing competition law in China, Michael has handled numerous merger control filings for multinational companies, such as Deutsche Post AG, Johnson & Johnson, Volvo and Applied Materials, Charthouse, Schaeffler KG, AstraZeneca and Saint-Gobain. Particularly in 2008, Michael successfully submitted the first merger filing under the new Anti-Monopoly Law which also received the first approval from the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC. Michael Gu frequently advises clients on the monopoly agreement and abuse of dominance issues arising from their daily operations and provides strategic preventive solutions. Michael provides antitrust compliance training to many multinational companies as well as large state-owned enterprises. Michael has recently represented clients in several high-profile antitrust investigation proceedings, antitrust civil litigations and leniency programs. Michael is also very experienced in mergers & acquisitions covering a full range of private and public company transactions and cross-border acquisitions. Some of his notable clients/cases include: Citibank’s strategic investment in Guangdong Development Bank; UBS AG’s strategic investment in Bank of China; Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd., strategic investment in Rongtong Fund Management Company; DaimlerChrysler AG’s share purchase of Beiqi Futian Automobile Co. Ltd; Goldman Sachs’s establishment of the first PRC securities company controlled by foreign investors, Scottish & Newcastle’s strategic investment in and cooperation with Chongqing Brewery Company; Volvo’s acquisition of a major PRC construction machinery manufacturer; and Avenue Capital’s strategic investment in Century 21 China Real Estate. In addition, Michael advised KKR, TPG, Carlyle, and Mitsui on their landmark investments in China. Also, Michael serves as external counsel for many multinationals and PRC listed companies and provides general counseling service on regulatory issues and other general corporate matters, e.g. contract review and negotiation, advertising, compliance, labor issues, unfair competition, antitrust, etc. Representative clients include Coca-Cola, Motorola, Tetra Pak, Endemol, Galaxy Resources Limited, and China Film Co., Ltd.


Trained PRC & EU, qualified 1994; associate, Jingtian & Gongcheng Law Firm; senior associate, King &Wood Law Firm; legal counsel, Linklaters LLP; senior legal counsel, Allen & Overy LLP; partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm; partner, AnJie Law Firm 2012 to date. Publications of note: The Public Competition Enforcement Review (China Chapter, 2014, sixth edition), Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2014; Progress and Expectations After the First Years: An Empirical Analysis of China Merger Control Regime, First Annual Antitrust Symposium, LexisNexis, 2013; Competition & Antitrust Review (China Chapter, 2013), Euromoney Trading Ltd Publication, London, 2013; The Public Competition Enforcement Review (China Chapter, 2013, fifth edition), Co-author, Law Business Research Ltd., London, 2013; The Public Competition Enforcement Review (China Chapter, 2012, fourth edition), Law Business Research Ltd., London, 2012; NDRC’s Antitrust Enforcement Decisions, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Competition Policy International, Inc., 2011; Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese M&A Market, International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2011, Euromoney Trading Ltd Publication, London, 2011; The Public Competition Enforcement Review (China Chapter, 2011, 3rd edition), Law Business Research Ltd., London, 2011; The Public Competition Enforcement Review (China Chapter, 2010, 2nd edition), Law Business Research Ltd., London, 2010; Private Antitrust Enforcement: Review of Recent Cases on Abuse of Market Dominance, Global Antitrust Review 2010, School of Law Queen Mary, University of London, 2010; Chinese Antitrust Filing System for Foreign-funded M&A, People’s Legal Press, 2007; Corporate Governance System in European Union: Shareholder Approach or Stakeholder Approach, Legal Exchanges and Attainments, The Law Press, China, May 2005.


Chinese, English.


All China Lawyers’ Association; Beijing Lawyers’ Association; the Company Law Committee under the Beijing Lawyers Association; the Media and Entertainment Law Committee under the Beijing Lawyers Association; American Bar Association.


Soochow University School of Law (1993 LLB); EU-China Legal and Judicial Co-operation Program – wholly sponsored by the PRC Ministry of Justice and European Commission EU Law trainings in London University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ghent University and other European legal research institutions (2003 Certificate in EU Law); Beijing University, National School of Development (2011 EMBA).


Reading, cycling, photographing, travelling, and skiing.

China: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Gu - AnJie Law Firm

Within: Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

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.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Within: Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

AnJie Law Firm has made huge progress in recent years and established a Hong Kong office through an association Hwang Hauzen LLP in June 2018. The team regularly assists listed companies with domestic and cross-border M&A, restructuring and management buy-out transactions; its client roster also features SOEs and private companies spaning mining, transport and retail sectors. Recent highlights include advising Ping’anfang (Shanghai) E-Commerce on its investment in Fangqian (Beijing) Technology and acting for Beijing Technology on its acquisition of Beijing Chehang 168 Information Technology. Beijing-based Jeremy Dai and Michael Gu, Shanghai-based Hang Cai as well as Shenzhen-based Catherine Guo are names to note.

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms

Within: TMT: PRC firms

AnJie Law Firm advises on a mix of corporate, financing, M&A, IPO and IP matters. Recent instructions include acting for a number of private equity funds in their investment in e-commerce and technology companies and assisting Ali Entertainment Group with copyright and regulatory issues. Dan Zhang, Jing He and Michael Gu are the names to note.

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