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François Renard

Of Counsel

Hong Kong

Renard Francois
François Renard

Of Counsel

Hong Kong

François Renard, an EU and Hong Kong antitrust specialist, has managed and spearheaded Allen & Overy’s Greater China Antitrust Practice since November 2008.  He has 20 years of experience of advising Western and Asian clients on APAC (including China), EU and other national competition laws.

In China, François secured MOFCOM’s conditional clearances including for the acquisition of AZ Electronics by Merck KGaA (which won the GCR’ Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa in 2015), the acquisition of Samsung’s hard disk business by Seagate (which won the GCR’s Matter of the Year in 2012) and the acquisition of Alcon by Novartis (the first PRC conditional clearance under the PRC 2010 remedy rules).  He has also been the leading lawyer acting as supervisory trustee in several proceedings.  He has been the chief representative of leading companies on their responses to the antitrust investigation launched by NDRC in the infant milk, financial, pharmaceutical, medical devices, and hotel sectors.

In Hong Kong, François has actively cooperated with and commented on the Guidelines prepared by the Competition Commission.  He is the Vice President of the HK Competition Association,  He also assists companies to respond to the HK Competition Commission investigations and to prepare for and to comply with the HK Competition Ordinance. 

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

François was co-chairman of the antitrust group at the EU Chamber of Commerce of Beijing between June 2009 and 2011.  He has been one of the few EU experts invited to speak to and to train officials from each of the three Chinese antitrust authorities.  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.  He was also the winner of the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 for the Competition and Antitrust category in China.

François is a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies (Brussels) and was invited as a visiting professor to one of the major Beijing universities (CUPSL) in 2014.  François speaks English, French, Italian and Dutch.

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.  He regularly speaks and writes on the subject of antitrust.  François is admitted to the Belgian Bar, is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong, and is a junior lecturer at the Institute of European Studies (Brussels).

News & insights

Publications: 07 NOVEMBER 2019

The EU trade agreement with Mercosur: trade and sustainability

The discussions at the recent “G7” summit concerning the fires in the Amazon rainforest highlighted the growing focus on the relationship between trade and sustainability issues.

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2019

Myanmar Competition Act: Ready or not - here it comes

​It’s just a little over a year until the Myanmar Competition Act comes into force in February 2017. The Act fleshes out the main anti-trust principles, but is arguably muddled in framing their exact scope and the relevant legal tests. Secondary legislation may clarify things but a lot of the work is likely to be left to the new Competition Commission to create a robust anti-trust regime. This bulletin summarises the Act, identifies areas of ambiguity and considers what the Act (in its current form) means for businesses.

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Publications: 28 FEBRUARY 2019

No deal Brexit – trading on the basis of WTO rules

The protracted negotiations over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU have brought into stark focus the prospects of a ‘hard’ Brexit.

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Publications: 01 FEBRUARY 2019

Brexit – the UK and Free Trade

At the heart of what Brexit might mean for businesses will be the terms of trade agreed between the UK and its key trading partners. These will largely define the extent of any barriers facing businesses moving goods, services and capital to and from the UK.

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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