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François Renard

François Renard

Allen & Overy LLP9th Floor, Three Exchange SquareCentralHong KongHong Kong

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Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

WWL says: François Renard is considered a go-to name in Hong Kong. He has over 20 years of experience advising domestic and international clients on competition matters.

Peers and clients say:

"François is a highly experienced and well-known competition law practitioner in the market."

"He is an outstanding lawyer and person who is always very punctual and prepared."

"A solid competition lawyer with an EU background."


François Renard has managed Allen & Overy’s Greater China antitrust practice since November 2008, when he relocated to Beijing. Prior to this, he was based in Brussels and Paris. He is currently based in Hong Kong.

François has more than 20 years of experience advising on multi-jurisdictional antitrust matters and 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 advises clients from many APAC countries, including the PRC, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as the EU and the US.

François is qualified to practise in the EU and Hong Kong. He is a lecturer at the Instituteof European Studies in Brussels, and in 2014 was invited as a visiting professor to China University of Political Science and Law. He regularly speaks and writes on the subject of antitrust.

François is listed as a leading lawyer in PLC (for cross-border antitrust in China), WWL: Competition, GCR, Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. He won the 2015 ILO Client Choice Award for competition and antitrust in China. The Legal 500: Asia Pacific (2018) says he “goes the extra mile to provide the best-quality service”. Chambers Asia Pacific (2019) says François is “very experienced in competition law issues” and demonstrates “leadership in organising law firms in multiple jurisdictions”.

Allen & Overy’s global antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating across APAC, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust transactions, policies, litigation and regulatory strategies, and regularly acts on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in the market.

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