François Renard is counsel in Allen & Overy LLP's Beijing office where he leads the China antitrust practice. Prior to joining the firm, François was based in Brussels and Paris and he has more than 15 years' experience advising on EU antitrust and trade law.
François has extensive experience advising Western and Asian clients on PRC, EU, and other national competition laws, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices, the interaction between intellectual property and antitrust laws, abuse of dominance, market investigations, antitrust compliance, and EU state aid. Since joining our Beijing office, he has assisted Western and Asian companies in many multi-jurisdictional antitrust matters throughout the Asian region and in Europe. François has worked on various complex merger matters in China including the award winning Seagate-Samsung transaction. He has acted for international clients including Joy Global, Berkshire Hathaway, Tyco, Novartis, GSK, Huntsman, as well as Chinese clients, including for example Jinchuan Group Limited, Huawei Technologies, Wanhua, among others.
François is one of only several EU experts invited to speak to and train PRC antitrust officials in recent years; he has also been invited by the OECD to act 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 been a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels since 1997 and is a visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law.
He is also recognised as a leader 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 recognised as a highly acclaimed legal expert in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2013 Asialaw's Leading Lawyers publication and is listed as a leading antitrust lawyer in PLC's cross-border competition category in China, as well as by Global Competition Review and Chambers. He is also listed in the Expert Guide as one of the world's leading international trade lawyers.
François has recently authored several articles on merger control in China, in particular "Lessons from the merger control regime in China" (Competition & Antitrust Review 2011 of Euromoney Yearbook), "A Practitioner's Look at Merger Control Remedies in China" (CPI 2012 (2)), and "Some key features of merger control remedies in China" (Competition & Antitrust Review 2012 of Euromoney Yearbook). His article "EU and Chinese antidumping and anti-subsidy proceedings: A politically driven process" was published in the Euromoney Guide.
François received his law degree from Free University of Brussels in 1995, LLM from European Law Institute of European Studies (Brussels) in 1996 and Duke University in 1997. He speaks English, French, Italian and Dutch.
IFLR 1000 2014 states: 'The China Antitrust head François Renard stands out as one of the true authorities in both European and Chinese competition law.''
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