Nicholas French

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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