François Renard, an EU antitrust specialist, has managed Allen & Overy LLP’s Greater China antitrust practice since November 2008. Prior to this François was based in Brussels and Paris and has almost 20 years’ experience advising on antitrust and trade law.
François advises Western and Asian clients on PRC, Hong Kong, APAC, EU and other national competition laws, including merger control, anti-competitive agreements and concerted practices, interaction between intellectual property and antitrust laws, abuse of dominance, market investigations, and antitrust compliance. He assists clients on multi-jurisdictional 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, which was named GCR’s Global Merger Control Matter of the Year in 2012; and the acquisition of AZ Electronics by Merck KGaA, which was named GCR AMEA’s Merger Control Matter of the Year in 2015. He has been the leading lawyer acting as supervisory trustee in Alpha V/Savio and Marubeni/Gavilon. 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.
In Hong Kong, François has actively cooperated with and commented on the Guidelines prepared by the Competition Commission. He has had the honour of interviewing the General Counsel of the HK Competition Commission in public in May 2015, and is the vice president of the HK Competition Association. He has helped companies to prepare for and comply with the HK Competition Ordinance.
François 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. He also regularly authors articles for leading publications, including the recent piece “Antitrust Developments in Greater China” (Hong Kong Lawyer magazine, 2015).
François is listed as a leading lawyer in PLC’s antitrust cross-border category in China, Who’s Who Legal, Global Competition Review (GCR), Chambers: Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. He is also the winner of the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 for the competition and antitrust category in China.
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.”
IFLR1000 (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. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.
WWL says: One of Asia's leading experts, with "very valuable" experience with the Chinese regulator
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