"She is very talented and dedicated, and is always a pleasure to work with"
"She is a leading practitioner in the market"
Janet Hui is a partner of JunHe LLP and based in Beijing. She primarily specializes in antitrust, cross-border M&A, foreign investment and general corporate matters. She has more than 30 years’ experience in providing legal services to clients in different industries, particularly in areas such as telecommunications and media, hotels and real estate, aviation, automobile, semiconductor, home appliance, pharmaceutical, medical instrument, food and beverage, etc.
Janet has extensive experience in handling various cross border M&A transactions including advising on the structure of transactions, identifying legal and regulatory issues discovered during the legal due diligence process, drafting, revising and finalizing transactions and ancillary agreements and attending to closing and post-closing material matters.
Janet also has substantial experience in handling competition and antitrust work including: applying for clearances for complicated merger control filings, filing complaints against transactions under merger control review; handling investigations for failure to file and transactions with competition concerns or issues; reviewing and advising on whether transactions and/or commercial arrangement may have competition concerns or issues and solutions to resolve these concerns or issues; defending antitrust investigations on alleged anti-competitive practices in China; applying for leniency for certain infringement actions under the Anti-Monopoly Law; and providing compliance advice and training to multinational companies in different industries.
She has represented many clients to obtain antitrust approvals promptly and effectively. Her project of “Merger Control Filing for Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. by Marriott International, Inc.” won the Global Competition Review Awards-Merger Control Matter of the Year: Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa in 2017; and three years later in 2020, another project “Merger Control Filing for Acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare Business by GlaxoSmithKline” won the same awards for the second time. The following is a selected list of her experience: acted merger control filing for sale of Acacia to Cisco Inc; acted merger control filing for acquisition of Allergan Inc. by AbbVie, Inc; acted merger control filing for acquisition of Alere Inc. by Abbott Laboratories; acted merger control filing for acquisition of Life Technologies by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc; acted for European automotive client to defend against Cartel investigation; acted for European telecom client to defend against abuse of market dominance related to SEP products; acted for European pharmaceutical client to defend against abuse of market dominance; acted for several multinational clients to defend against RPM investigations and acted for European client to file leniency application against RPM investigation.
Janet has been recognized as a Band 1 Ranked Lawyer by Chambers and Partners (Asia-Pacific 2012-2021), Leading Lawyer and Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (2012-2021), Highly Regarded Lawyer by IFLR1000 (2017-2020), and Thought Leader- Global Elite by Who’s Who Legal (2017-2020) in antitrust matters, and highly recommended by the clients. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific review: “‘Janet Hui is a senior and experienced leader of the team. She is a nice person, good English, and good to work with,’ remarks one source. She has an established presence in the antitrust area, covering both merger filings and defending multinationals against antitrust investigations.”
Janet receives high levels of client praise and is characterised as a "very transparent and very upfront," "sophisticated, commercial practitioner".
Janet Hui is currently the Senior Vice-Chair of Antitrust Committee of the IBA International Bar Association, the Co-Chair of Competition Committee of the IPBA Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and the Liaison Officer of International Committee (Antitrust) of the ABA American Bar Association.
Additionally, Janet has been active in providing pro bono services to different non-profitable organizations in China for over 10 years. The international and local NGOs served by JunHe LLP include but not limited to Optimist Club, MSF, WWF, The Nature Conservatory, Thompson Reuters Trust Foundation, Narada Foundation, Non-profit Partners (NPP), One Foundation, Hui Ling Community Services for People with Learning Disabilities, etc. She also organized and participated in various charity fund raising activities in Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Prior to joining JunHe in 2004, Janet acted as senior in-house legal counsel to the second-largest telecommunication services company in Hong Kong for more than five years. Other than local experience in Asia, Janet also worked as a solicitor in a law firm in Auckland, New Zealand, for more than three years, provided legal services to clients from Japan, Korea, UK, USA, China and Europe.
Janet’s working languages are English and Mandarin, and she is fluent in Cantonese and Taiwanese dialects.