François Renard is “an outstanding lawyer” and a firm favourite among clients who consider him a “punctual, prepared and trustworthy professional” and a go-to name for competition law.
François Renard has managed Allen & Overy LLP’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 antitrust and trade law. He 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, 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 (now SAMR’s) conditional clearance of the acquisition of Alcon by Novartis, the first PRC conditional clearance under the PRC 2010 remedy rules; Seagate/Samsung (Global Competition Review (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 was also the leading lawyer acting as supervisory trustee in Alpha V/Savio and Marubeni/Gavilon, and the chief representative of various leading companies on their responses to the antitrust investigations launched by NDRC in the retail, financial, pharmaceutical, medical devices and hotel sectors.
François is one of the few EU experts who have been invited to speak to and train officials from Chinese antitrust authority.
In Hong Kong, François has been assisting companies in relation to several HK Competition Commission investigations and in preparing for and complying with the HK Competition Ordinance. His clients are active in the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer, financial, vehicle, high tech and manufacturing sectors.
François is qualified as an EU lawyer and Hong Kong solicitor. He is a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels and was invited as a visiting professor to one of the major Beijing universities (CUPSL) in 2014. He regularly speaks and writes on the subject of antitrust. François is listed as a leading lawyer in PLC’s antitrust cross-border category in China, Who’s Who Legal: Competition, GCR, Chambers APAC and IFLR1000, respectively. He was also the winner of the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 for the competition and antitrust category in China. The Legal 500 APAC (2018) states: “François Renard ‘goes the extra mile to provide the best quality service’ and demonstrates an ‘eagerness to fully understand his clients’ businesses’”. Chambers APAC (2019) highlights that François Renard is "very experienced in competition law issues" and demonstrates "leadership in organising law firms in multiple jurisdictions".
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating 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.