François Renard, an EU antitrust specialist, has managed Allen & Overy LLP’s China antitrust practice since November 2008. Prior to this François was based in Brussels and Paris and has more than 15 years’ experience advising on EU antitrust and trade law.
François advises Western and Asian clients on PRC, Hong Kong, APAC, EU, and other national competition laws, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices, interaction between intellectual property and antitrust laws, abuse of dominance, market investigations, antitrust compliance, and EU state aid. He assists clients on multijurisdictional antitrust matters throughout Asia and Europe.
François has worked on various complex and award-winning merger matters in China, such as MOFCOM’s conditional clearance of the acquisition of Alcon by Novartis (the first PRC conditional clearance under the PRC 2010 remedy rules), Seagate/Samsung and the acquisition of AZ Electronics by Merck KGaA. He has been the leading lawyer acting as supervisory trustee in Alpha V/Savio and in Marubeni/Gavilon. François has also represented Huawei, Jinchuan, Wanhua, Mistubishi, Mitsui, PTTGC, Sumitomo and Thai Oil.
François is one of only several EU experts invited to present before and train PRC antitrust officials and also OECD officials in a similar capacity. He was vice chair of the legal working group and chair of the competition sub-working group of the EU Chamber of Commerce in Beijing between 2009 and 2011. He has lectured at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels since 1997 and been visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law since 2014.
François is recognised as an expert in assisting companies throughout the world in antidumping and trade sanctions proceedings, as well as in various international trade matters, including WTO-related matters.
François is highly ranked by Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers and PLC’s cross-border competition category in China, as well as Global Competition Review, Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. He is also listed in the Expert Guide as one of the world’s leading international trade lawyers. Most recently, he won the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 for Competition and Antitrust in China.
He has authored articles including “Antitrust Developments in Greater China” (Hong Kong Lawyer magazine, 2015), “Lessons from the merger control regime in China” (Euromoney Yearbook: Competition & Antitrust Review, 2011), “A Practitioner’s Look at Merger Control Remedies in China” (CPI 2012 (2)), and “Some key features of merger control remedies in China” (Euromoney Yearbook: Competition & Antitrust Review, 2012). His article “EU and Chinese anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings: A politically driven process” was published in the Euromoney Guide.
A source quoted in Chambers Asia Pacific (2014) states: “I have huge respect for him – he knows EU competition law very well and has the China experience too.”
IFLR 1000 (2014) states: “China antitrust head François Renard stands out as one of the true authorities in both European and Chinese competition law.”
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. We advise corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and have acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.
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