After opening its doors just two years ago, competition boutique AnJie Law Firm has risen quickly through the ranks of Chinese antitrust practices. A dozen partners from many of the country’s leading competition law firms created the firm together, including Zhan Hao, managing partner and head of the firm’s antitrust group. The firm’s growth is illustrated by the recent opening of a second office in Shanghai, which has a fourth antitrust partner.
The team covers the entire antitrust spectrum, but it is more focused on the behavioural side. AnJie is involved in some capacity in almost all the major NDRC probes, he says, such as infant milk, automobiles, LCDs, telecoms and insurance. In the auto parts case, the firm won a reduction in fines for its client. AnJie’s antitrust group has pushed to expand its private litigation portfolio. Zhan says the firm is representing one foreign firm in a private damages action, and also recently successfully defended a telecoms company in civil antitrust proceedings.
Partner: Dr. Zhan Hao, Michael Gu, He Jing
As one of the biggest and most dedicated antitrust law teams in PRC to date, AnJie’s antitrust/competition law team comprises highly experienced partners and senior associates, most of whom are graduates from prominent Chinese or foreign law schools like Peking University and Yale University. Our professionals have worked for many years in top international law firms and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. In addition to exceptional education backgrounds, some of our antitrust lawyers have also conducted post-doctoral research in economics. Excellent grasp of economics serves as a solid foundation for in-depth analysis of antitrust/competition issues.
AnJie’s antitrust/competition law practice is widely recognized by many international ranking institutions, including Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, PLC, Expert Guides, ALB and CLP（China Law and Practice）. In 2012, several lawyers at Anjie were honored as “Tier 1 Competition/Antitrust Lawyers” by Chambers &Partners, some of other awards are listed as below:
- Top Ranked PRC Antitrust/ Competition Firms—Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
- Recommended Antitrust Lawyer —Chambers & Partners 2015
- Top Ranked PRC Antitrust/ Competition Firms —Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
- Recommended Antitrust Lawyer — Chambers & Partners 2014
- Recommended Law Firm of the Year 2014 in Competition — IFLR 2014
- 2014 China Business Law Awards Winner - Competition & Antitrust — China Business Law Journal
- Leading Antitrust Lawyer in 2013— Expert Guides
- Recommended Antitrust Lawyer in 2013 —Who's Who Legal
- Recommended Leading Antitrust Lawyer— Benchmark Asia-pacific 2013
- China Business Law Awards Winner - Competition & Antitrust — China Business Law Journal 2013
As antitrust experts, partners of AnJie’s antitrust/competition law team have delivered a series of lectures via the Chinese training website (http://training.mofcom.gov.cn). These lectures have received acclamation and high remarks from the antitrust law community.
Thanks to the unparalleled expertise and experience in anti-unfair competition law and anti-monopoly law sector, lawyers at Anjie have been extensively involved in advising, discussion, and formulation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, Anti-Unfair Competition Law, and related enforcement regulations. Thus our antitrust team has an in-depth understanding of Chinese legislation and the enforcement environment for competition-related laws in the P.R.C. We promptly follow up the latest developments of Chinese competition law regime.
By combining legal theories with litigation practices, our lawyers provide first-rate services to our clients in private antitrust or anti-unfair competition litigations. We have represented clients in numerous private antitrust litigations. Currently, we are representing many high-profile antitrust litigations in China, for instance, the first private antitrust litigation against a giant state-owned oil company in bio-diesel industry. In addition, we also successfully handled many IP-related competition litigations and advised numerous high-tech companies on whether their product designs had complied with antitrust rules.
AnJie’s antitrust/competition law team is highly experienced in defending clients against antitrust investigations undertaken by regulators (“NDRC” and “SAIC”). AnJie provided service to the client in the first antitrust investigation in P.R. C., and have frequently represented both domestic and foreign-funded companies in antitrust investigations in relation to monopoly agreements or abuse of dominant position, and achieved desirable results. For example, we advised the client in the first follow-up antitrust investigation in P.R.C., which is also the first investigation against foreign companies. We are also involved in the antitrust investigation against twelve Japanese auto parts manufacturers and successfully assisted our client to obtain a reduction of the fine.
The clients that AnJie has served range from large state-owned enterprises to renowned multinational companies and medium-sized domestic or foreign companies. We advise clients across variety of industries, including automobile, energy, finance, internet, T.M.T., high-tech, machinery, electronics, textile, aviation, consumer goods, etc. AnJie’s Antitrust/Competition team has represented many enterprises in concentration filings to the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM), and all of our fillings have, thus far, gained approval from MOFCOM.
Antitrust legal services provided by Anjie include competition law analysis, defense against administrative investigations, private damage actions, concentration filings, and national security review if necessary. We are able to help define the relevant market and unique features of the industry, analyze the effects of a concentration on business efficiency and social welfare. In addition, we also provide competition law trainings and compliance brochures.