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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 granted the 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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Com­pet­i­tion Law As­pects of the PRC E-Com­merce Law
03 Dec 19
SAMR gets tough­er on Gun Jump­ing
Un­der PRC com­pet­i­tion law, un­der­tak­ings shall no­ti­fy the anti-mono­poly en­force­ment au­thor­ity, i.e. since March 2018 the Anti-Mono­poly Bur­eau of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (“SAMR”),...
CMS, China ranks in ten prac­tice areas in Leg­al 500...
18 Jul 19
Are Agree­ments con­tain­ing Re­sale Price Main­ten­ance and/or Min­im­um...
On 18 Decem­ber 2018, the PRC Su­preme People’s Court (the “SPC”) is­sued a ver­dict (which was made pub­licly avail­able on 24 June 2019) on an ad­min­is­trat­ive re­tri­al case ap­pealed by Hain­an Yu­tai Sci­entif­ic...
SAMR gets tough­er on Gun Jump­ing
13 May 19
The Ver­dict Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions
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...
30 Apr 19
China re­vises the rules on trade secrets in the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion...
On 23 April, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People’s Con­gress is­sued the Amend­ment of the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion Law (“Amend­ment”). The Amend­ment mainly ad­dresses the pro­tec­tion of trade...
July 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
25 May 18
MOF­COM Rules Gun-jump­ing of two Do­mest­ic Joint Ven­ture Deals
On 17 April 2018, the Min­istry of Com­merce (the “MOF­COM”) pub­lished two pen­alty de­cisions (the “De­cisions”) is­sued by it to China Mer­chants In­ter­na­tion­al Con­tain­er Ter­min­al (Qing­dao) Co, Ltd....
Are Agree­ments con­tain­ing Re­sale Price Main­ten­ance...
08 Nov 17
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...