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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 shortlisted in Competition – International Firm of the Year (2021) by China Law & Practice Awards and granted the Notable Law Firm in Competition (2020, 2021) by Legal 500, Notable Firm in Competition (2018, 2019) by IFLR 1000, the 2015 China Business Law Awards in Competition and Anti-Trust by China Business Law Journal. 


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03/08/2021
SAMR Im­posed Pen­al­ties on Ten­cent for Gun Jump­ing
On 24 Ju­ly 2021, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") is­sued the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Pen­alty De­cision (Guo Shi Ji­an Chu [2021] No. 67) ("De­cision") on Ten­cent Hold­ings Lim­ited ("Ten­cent")...
02/08/2021
SAMR Im­posed Pen­al­ties on Ten­cent for Gun Jump­ing
On 24 Ju­ly 2021, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") is­sued the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Pen­alty De­cision (Guo Shi Ji­an Chu [2021] No. 67) ("De­cision") on Ten­cent Hold­ings Lim­ited ("Ten­cent")...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
06/05/2021
High­lights on New Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al...
On 18 March 2021, the State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated the Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices (Re­vised in 2021), which will take ef­fect on 1 June 2021 (the "New Med­ic­al Device Reg­u­la­tions")...
16/04/2021
SAMR Im­posed Re­cord Fine on Alibaba for Ab­use of Dom­in­ant Po­s­i­tion
Ac­cord­ing to the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Pen­alty De­cision (Guo Shi Ji­an Chu [2021] No. 28) of 10 April 2021("De­cision") avail­able on the web­site of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR"), the...
15/04/2021
SAMR Im­posed Re­cord Fine on Alibaba for Ab­use of Dom­in­ant Po­s­i­tion
Ac­cord­ing to the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Pen­alty De­cision (Guo Shi Ji­an Chu [2021] No. 28) of 10 April 2021("De­cision") avail­able on the web­site of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR"), the...
15/01/2021
Over­view on the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on the Re­view of Con­cen­tra­tions of Un­der­tak­ings
On 23 Oc­to­ber 2020, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") re­leased the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on the Re­view of Con­cen­tra­tions of Un­der­tak­ings ("Pro­vi­sions"). The Pro­vi­sions took ef­fect on...
15/01/2021
CMS, China ranks in ten prac­tice areas in Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific
We are pleased to an­nounce that CMS, China has been ranked and re­com­men­ded in ten areas in the Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific 2021 edi­tion. We con­tin­ue to be re­cog­nised in the areas of An­ti­trust and com­pet­i­tion...
14/01/2021
Over­view on the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on the Re­view of Con­cen­tra­tions of Un­der­tak­ings
On 23 Oc­to­ber 2020, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") re­leased the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on the Re­view of Con­cen­tra­tions of Un­der­tak­ings ("Pro­vi­sions"). The Pro­vi­sions took ef­fect on...
29/12/2020
Over­view on the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on Reg­u­lat­ing Sales Pro­mo­tions
On 5 Novem­ber 2020, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") re­leased on its web­site the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on Reg­u­lat­ing Sales Pro­mo­tions ("Pro­vi­sions"). The Pro­vi­sions took ef­fect on...
28/12/2020
Over­view on the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on Reg­u­lat­ing Sales Pro­mo­tions
On 5 Novem­ber 2020, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion ("SAMR") re­leased on its web­site the In­ter­im Pro­vi­sions on Reg­u­lat­ing Sales Pro­mo­tions ("Pro­vi­sions"). The Pro­vi­sions took ef­fect on...
23/12/2020
Over­view on Guidelines on Un­der­tak­ing­s' Com­mit­ments in An­ti­trust Cases
In early Au­gust 2020, the Anti-Mono­poly Bur­eau (“AMB”) of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (“SAMR”), in the form of a book (“Book”) titled “A Col­lec­tion of An­ti­trust Reg­u­la­tions...