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Marc Waha

Foreign Legal Consultant

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, including advertising, life sciences, television broadcasting, postal services, transport, software and online services, telecommunications services and equipment, banking and insurance, petrochemicals, mining, energy, 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, petrochemicals 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 involving alleged abuses of dominant position, cartel-like behaviour and state aid, representing defendants before the European and national regulators 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 his 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

    Recent publications and presentations include the following.  A full list is available upon request.

    • 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, GCR’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, GCR’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]
    • Enforcement priorities in Hong Kong:  leniency and cartel detection, Remarks before the 8th Asia Competition Forum Conference, Hong Kong, China (December 2012)
    • Competition in the Hong Kong broadcasting sector, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Communications Workshop, Hong Kong, China (November 2012)
    • Competition law compliance for Asian companies selling abroad, Association of Corporate Counsel, Singapore (October 2012)
    • The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance - A practitioner’s perspective, Chinese University of Hong Kong Competition Law Symposium, Hong Kong, China (October 2012)
    • Abuse of market power: a comparative reading of the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, Kluwer Competition Law Conference 2012: Global Updates and New Development in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (October 2012)
    • Ordonnance sur la concurrence à Hong Kong:  risques et opportunités pour les entreprises françaises et européennes, Option Droit et Affaires, October 2012 issue [co-authored with Julienne Chang]
    • Hong Kong adopte une loi sur la concurrence, Le Monde du droit, September 2012 issue [co-authored with Julienne Chang]
    • The Hong Kong Legislative Council introduces a cross-sector competition law regime, e-Competitions, August 2012 issue [co-authored with Julienne Chang]
    • Reform in Hong Kong, A new cross-sector competition law has been introduced, Competition Law Insight, July 2012 issue [co-authored with Maxime Vanhollebeke]
    • A competition law for Hong Kong, Competition Policy International, July 2012 issue [co-authored with Julienne Chang]
    • Defending Asian companies in global cartel investigations, GCR’s Antitrust Law Leaders’ Forum 2012, Singapore (March 2012)
    • Manoeuvring the Complexities of a Global Market Place, Corporate Counsel Conference, Singapore and Hong Kong, China (February 2012)
    • China adds muscle to its merger enforcement powers, China Law and Practice, February 2012 issue [co-authored with Maxime Vanhollebeke]
  • Admissions
    Avocat, qualified in Belgium
    Attorney at Law, admitted in New York