Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)

Nicholas French

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Nicholas co-heads the firm’s China antitrust, competition and trade law practice. He splits his time between Beijing, Hong Kong and London. As well as having an active EU and UK competition law practice for which he is recognised as a leading practitioner by the legal directories, Nicholas’ work draws heavily on Asian competition law: he was based exclusively in Beijing between 2009 – 2011 at the inception of Chinese antitrust and merger control law, where he was Managing Partner of the firm’s Beijing office; he is one of the firm’s designated ‘country competition law partners’ for South Korea; and he has been involved with the firm’s Japan competition practice for the last eleven years. As well as working in Beijing, Hong Kong and London, Nicholas has worked in the firm’s Brussels office for a number of years. Nicholas has extensive experience of advising clients on a wide range of EU, UK and Asian competition issues across many industries, focussing on securing merger clearances for cross border M&A transactions and joint ventures, providing guidance on alliances and cooperation arrangements and distribution networks and defending companies in international price fixing cartel investigations and dominance/ monopolisation inquiries.

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Georgia Dawson, Robert Ashworth, Royce Miller, Alan Wang, Yuxin Shen, Ninette Dodoo, Nicholas French, Alastair Mordaunt, Tim Mak, Donghao Cui The Chinese National People’s Congress confirms plans to merge China’s three antitrust authorities into a single agency under a new government body called the State Administration for Market Supervision

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China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) confirmed plans last week to merge China’s three antitrust authorities into a single agency under a new government body called the State Administration for Market Supervision. At the same time, the NPC also confirmed plans to merge China’s banking and (...)

Ninette Dodoo, Alastair Mordaunt, Nicholas French The Chinese State Council submits proposals to the National Competition Authority to merge China’s three antitrust authorities into a single agency under a new government body, the State Administration for Market Supervision

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China’s State Council has submitted proposals to the National People’s Congress (NPC) to merge China’s three antitrust authorities into a single agency under a new government body called the State Administration for Market Supervision. The reform follows several years of speculation of an (...)

Alda Tsang, Alastair Mordaunt, Ninette Dodoo, Nicholas French, Joy Wong, William Robinson The Hong Kong Competition Authority brings ten construction and engineering companies to the Tribunal for an alleged market sharing and price-fixing cartel in relation to the renovation of over 800 flats in the public housing sector

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Yesterday, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the HKCC) took ten construction and engineering companies to the Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal) for an alleged market sharing and price fixing cartel relating to the renovation of over 800 flats in On Tat Estate, a public housing estate in (...)

Joy Wong, Ninette Dodoo, Nicholas French, Alastair Mordaunt The Chinese MOFCOM fines an imaging and optical products manufacturer for failure to notify its acquisition of a company active in the medical equipment sector (Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)

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On 16 December 2016, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published its decision to fine Canon Inc. (Canon) for failure to notify its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (TMSC) under the Anti-Monopoly Law (the AML). The decision is an important development for two key reasons: (...)

Alastair Mordaunt, Nicholas French, Ninette Dodoo, Lisa Eger The Beijing High Court rejects an appeal in China’s first follow-on private action against six infant formula suppliers for engaging in resale price maintenance (Junwei Tian / Carrefour / Abbott)

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In one of the most notable decisions at the end of last year, the Beijing High Court rejected an appeal in China’s first follow-on private action in Junwei Tian v. Beijing Carrefour Shuangjing Store and Abbott Shanghai. The claim followed the decision in 2013 of China’s National Development and (...)

Nicholas French, Ninette Dodoo, Joy Wong, Kailun Ji The China’s National Development and Reform Commission fines three manufacturers of an insomnia drug for refusing to supply its pharmaceutical ingredients to other competitors and for raising its prices (Huazhong / Xinyi / Siyao)

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China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three agencies responsible for antitrust enforcement, recently published its decisions to fine three Chinese companies active in the manufacture of estazolam (a drug commonly used to treat insomnia) for refusing to supply (...)

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