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François Renard


Hong Kong

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François Renard


Hong Kong

François Renard, an antitrust specialist, has managed and spearheaded Allen & Overy’s Greater China Antitrust Practice since November 2008. He has more than 25 years of experience of advising Western and Asian clients on APAC (including China), EU and other national competition laws.

François has worked on complex and award-winning merger matters. François is qualified as an EU lawyer and Hong Kong solicitor. He regularly speaks and writes on the subject of antitrust and is recognised as a leading lawyer in numerous directories.

In Mainland China, François secured SAMR’s (formerly MOFCOM) conditional clearances and represented clients in a long list of proceedings and investigations in China, several of which were acclaimed by legal directories. In Hong Kong SAR, François has been assisting MNC and domestic companies in several investigations launched by the HK Competition Commission and to comply with the HK Competition Ordinance. He has actively cooperated with and commented on the Guidelines prepared by the Competition Commission.

On outbound and pan-APAC matters, François has assisted multiple Asian companies in managing their APAC or global merger control and antitrust matters.

François is listed as a leading lawyer in PLC’s antitrust cross-border category in China, International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, Global Competition Review (GCR), Chambers APAC and IFLR 1000, respectively.

François has been a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels since 1997 and a visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing). He is regularly asked to speak at high profile conferences. François speaks English, French and Italian. He regularly speaks and writes on the subject of antitrust.

François obtained his law degree from the Free University of Brussels, and obtained an LL.M in European Law from the Institute of European Studies in Brussels, and another LL.M from Duke University in the United States. François is admitted to the Belgian Bar, is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong.

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Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2017 

Barreau de Bruxelles 1997


LLM Duke University 1997

LLM in European Law Institute of European Studies (Brussels) 1996

Law Degree Free University of Brussels 1995

Published work

  • François Renard, (2016) “Competition and Antitrust 2016: 12th Edition” of Expert Guides
  • François Renard, (2015) “Greater China Antitrust Law Update: 2014 Overview and 2015 Forecast” in Hong Kong Lawyer
  • François Renard, Michael Edwards (2013) “China Merger Control Practice: a Comparative Analysis” in China’s anti-Monopoly Law – the First Five years, The Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer
  • François Renard, (2012) “A Practitioner’s Look at Merger Control Remedies in China” in CPI 2012 (2)
  • François Renard, (2012) “Some key features of merger control remedies in China” in Competition & Antitrust Review 2012 of Euromoney Yearbook
  • François Renard, (2011) “Lessons from the merger control regime in China” in Competition & Antitrust Review 2011 of Euromoney Yearbook
  • François Renard, (2010) “EU and Chinese antidumping and anti-subsidy proceedings: A politically-driven process” in Euromoney Guide