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Competition & EU

China

Competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers to investigate companies and commercial arrangements, prohibit M&A deals, force divestment of merged businesses, review markets and impose penalties. Being compliant and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies is key to companies and individuals doing business in China, Europe and beyond.  We focus not only on problem solving but also on how you can avoid problems in the first place. Our award-winning team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping navigate these difficult paths so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets.

Businesses that operate in China are still coming to grips with the PRC Anti-Monopoly Law, which prohibits business operators from engaging in anti-competitive activities. To help our clients avoid such risks as serious legal liability, opening themselves to challenges in court and large fines, our group of experts provide you with solutions and advice in the full spectrum of competition issues. From merger control reviews and filings to screening and draft of various commercial agreements, from competition and anti-trust law compliance to representation before competition authorities and courts at both national and European level, we offer a one-stop-shop solution to clients for all their competition law needs. Besides, our sector approach helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues. Our many clients come from industries such as banking and finance institutions, automotive, utility companies, media and telecommunications, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, logistics, aerospace, construction and sports. 

The Competition team in China has been granted the 2015 China Business Law Awards in Competition and Anti-Trust by China Business Law Journal.

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19/10/2015
Shang­hai Pi­lot Free Trade Zone: In­ter­pret­a­tion of Ex­emp­tion...
China In­sight - Com­pet­i­tion
20/01/2015
China In­sight - Com­pet­i­tion
New Reg­u­la­tions of MOF­COM on Con­di­tion­al Clear­ance

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Iain Batty
08/05/2018
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
08/11/2017
Com­pan­ies should be per­mit­ted to mi­grate from one EU mem­ber state...
A com­pany re­gistered in and gov­erned by the laws of one EU mem­ber state should be per­mit­ted to “con­vert” it­self in­to a com­pany gov­erned by the laws of an­oth­er EU mem­ber state, provided it sat­is­fies the rel­ev­ant con­di­tions laid down by the des­tin­a­tion state.
02/11/2017
EU Frame­work for resolv­ing double tax dis­putes
The EU Eco­nom­ic and Fin­an­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil has ad­op­ted a Dir­ect­ive to cre­ate a new sys­tem to re­solve double tax­a­tion dis­putes between EU Mem­ber States. This meas­ure will af­ford tax­pay­ers a trans­par­ent pro­cess with clear dead­lines ap­plic­able to tax au­thor­it­ies.
21/06/2017
The Ver­dict - Round-up of cor­por­ate crime de­vel­op­ments across CMS
We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in the Czech Re­pub­lic, in­clud­ing.
10/02/2017
In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
01/12/2016
BEPS Up­date: Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment Pub­lished
The OECD has now pub­lished the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­stru­ment (“MLI”) that will im­ple­ment cer­tain of the treaty-re­lated pro­pos­als from its pro­ject on tack­ling base erosion and profit shift­ing (“BEPS”).