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Marc Waha

Registered Foreign Lawyer

Marc Waha

Hong Kong

T:+852 3405 2300

F:+852 2523 6399

Marc Waha is an antitrust, competition and regulatory lawyer based primarily in Hong Kong. He also spends a considerable amount of time in Europe, representing Asian clients before competition authorities.

Marc advises international companies on emerging antitrust regimes in East Asia, and Asian companies on global competition compliance issues, multi-jurisdictional merger filings and international cartel investigations, including in Asia. He has represented US, European and Asian clients active in a number of industrial sectors, advertising, life sciences, television broadcasting, postal services, transport, software and online services, telecommunications services and equipment, banking and insurance, petrochemicals, mining, metals, oil and gas, food and other consumer goods. His merger experience includes multijurisdictional filings (including for conditional approvals in China) for multi-billion dollar transactions in diverse sectors including life sciences, financial services, energy, petrochemicals, metals, transport and food. His cartel work experience spans the air transport, automotive, food, elevator, beverage, plasterboard, and chemicals industries. He has also worked on a number of competition matters in Europe and Asia involving alleged abuses of dominant position, cartel-like behaviour and state aid, assisting defendants involved in litigation in Hong Kong and representing defendants before the European and national authorities as well as before the General Court of the EU.

Marc is the author of the Hong Kong Competition Law Handbook (Butterworths, 2015). He also regularly publishes and speaks at conferences on competition law issues of relevance to Asia. Marc and our team have been involved in training programmes for Asian competition regulators. Several legal guides rank our Asia Competition Team as a top tier competition practice and Marc as a leading lawyer, including Chambers’ Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers, Chambers’ Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business (where he is ranked #1 for competition law in China), Euromoney’s Guide to leading lawyers, the Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, PLC’s Which Lawyer?, Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.

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  • Publications
    • The Competition Ordinance and the Insurance Industry: what can be learned from the application for a block exemption by the shipping industry, panel chair, Hong Kong Insurance Law Association, Hong Kong (October 2016)
    • Competition law in the air transport industry: Hong Kong and greater China, IATA Legal Forum, Hong Kong (October 2016) [jointly with Pearl Yeung]
    • Hong Kong merger control, in The Merger Control Review (LBR, August 2016) [co-authored with Pearl Yeung and Sophie Chen]
    • China Annual Global Competition Law Forum, conference chair, Kluwer annual conference, Shanghai (July 2016)
    • Hong Kong Competition Law Handbook, Butterworths Lexis-Nexis, December 2015
    • Transparency and the need for secrecy in competition law investigations, Prepared remarks before the 11th Asia Competition Forum Conference, Hong Kong, China (December 2015)
    • Asia, the new antitrust frontier, panel chair, Global Competition Review’s Live 7th Annual Brussels conference, Brussels (November 2015)
    • Responding to EU cartel investigations: the Asian experience, Prepared remarks before the conference on Fighting Cartels under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance: Lessons from the European Union, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (March 2015)
    • IFLR Global Merger Control Survey, editor, March 2015 [co-authored with Ian Giles]
    • Cartels in Asia, panel chair, Global Competition Review’s Antitrust Law Leaders’ Forum 2015, Singapore (March 2015)
    • MOFCOM simple cases: the first six months, Competition Policy International, February 2015 issue
    • Competition law, economics, and industrial policy in Asia, Remarks before the 10th Asia Competition Forum Conference, Hong Kong, China (December 2014)
    • Cartels and restrictive agreements in Asia, Remarks before the Antitrust in Emerging Markets Conference, Brussels, Belgium (October 2014)
    • Hong Kong and Greater China: more competition (law), Lexis-Nexis Practical Guidance, May 2014 issue
    • Hong Kong and other new competition regimes, panel chair, Global Competition Review’s Antitrust Law Leaders’ Forum 2014, Singapore (March 2014)
    • Putting antitrust rules to work, Remarks before the 9th Asia Competition Forum Conference, Hong Kong, China (December 2013)
    • Vertical restraints under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, in The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law: The First Five Years (Kluwer, August 2013) [co-authored with Zhao Jingjing]
  • Admissions
    Avocat, qualified in Belgium
    Attorney at Law, admitted in New York