GCR 100 2023

AnJie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm

Professional notice


AnJie Law Firm (“AnJie”) is a full-service Chinese law firm providing legal services to clients worldwide. After the merger with Broad & Bright, the firm has over 400 professionals in Beijing and seven other offices in China — Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Haikou, Nanjing, Xiamen and Hong Kong — The firm advises leading companies, governmental entities, international organizations, and financial institutions from around the world in a wide range of sectors including TMT, insurance, electronics, software, healthcare, energy, machinery, textile, aviation, shipping, among others.

The firm houses a competition law practice recognized for best-in-class legal work and has stood at the forefront of Chinese competition law for more than a decade. Legal Band and The Legal 500 recommend AnJie as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Antitrust/Competition (2019–2022). For consecutive years, AnJie lawyers have been ranked by Chambers & Partners as “Recommended Competition/Antitrust Lawyers”.

AnJie’s antitrust and competition team includes Dr. Zhan Hao, Ms. Song Ying, and other partners and associates, covering all types of antitrust-related matters in China. Dr. Zhan Hao is recommended by Chambers & Partners as the Tier 1 Antitrust/Competition Lawyer within China (2009–2022) and serves as the regional ambassador of China to the ICC Commission on Competition. Ms. Song Ying is recommended by Chambers & Partners as the PRC Antitrust/Competition Lawyer (2017–2022) and ranked by LegalBand as the Top 15 PRC Female Lawyer (2020).

The team provides strategic advice to a domestic and international client base. As one of the most experienced and highly acclaimed competition teams in China, it delivers an expansive range of antitrust and competition law-related services and regularly represents international and local clients alike on matters including antitrust and competition litigation, investigations, merger control, and antitrust and competition compliance. Moreover, AnJie’s frequent and seamless cooperation with international law firms allows the team to effectively assist clients with cross-border and foreign transactions, investigation, and disputes.

The team has strong expertise in antitrust litigation and has acted on lots of complex and ground-breaking cases. For example, the team is currently representing the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) to respond to the first administrative proceedings against the antitrust punishment made by SAMR, and representing Hitachi Metals in the antitrust litigation where the application of the essential facilities doctrine to non-SEPs was discussed for the first time. The team successfully represented Sinopec, the nation’s largest oil refiner, in Yingding v Sinopec which was the first antitrust lawsuit against a state-owned oil company in China and represented Panasonic in a case brought by its distributors over an alleged monopoly agreement.

The team has industry-leading experience in handling antitrust investigations launched by competition enforcement authorities. Relevant industry sectors include but are not limited to digital platforms, semiconductors, manufacturing, chemistry, dairy, insurance, automobile, utility, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. For instance, the team has advised a leading Chinese internet “super” platform on how to respond to SAMR’s investigation over abuse of market dominance which was the most influential case in 2021.

The team assists lots of domestic and overseas clients with merger control filings in China. For example, the team secured the clearance for ChemChina’s US $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta in 2017 and the US $48 billion concentration between China Ping An Insurance Group and New Founder Group in 2021 which was one of the largest takeovers in China. Specially, AnJie has extensive experience in dealing with remedy cases. For example, the team secured the conditional clearance from SAMR for GlobalWafers’s acquisition of Siltronic in 2022.

Website: www.anjielaw.com

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