Marc Waha

Foreign Legal Consultant
Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR
Hong Kong SAR
T:+852 3405 2300
Hong Kong SAR
Hong Kong SAR
T:+852 3405 2300
Marc Waha

Marc Waha

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Biography

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

Marc advises international companies on emerging antitrust regimes in East Asia. He also advises Asian companies on global competition compliance issues, multi-jurisdictional merger filings and international cartel investigations, particularly in Europe and Asia. 

For more than 20 years he has represented clients across various industrial sectors, including: advertising; life sciences; property; infrastructure; television broadcasting; transport; logistics; software and online services; telecommunications services and equipment; financial services; petrochemicals; mining; metals; oil and gas; food; and other consumer goods. 

His merger experience includes multijurisdictional filings, including conditional approvals in China, for multi-billion dollar transactions in diverse sectors such as life sciences, financial services, energy, petrochemicals, metals, transport and food. 

His cartel experience spans the aviation, automotive, food and beverage, IT, elevator, 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 multijurisdictional litigation and representing defendants before the European and national authorities, as well as before the General Court of the EU.

In Hong Kong, Marc and our competition team assisted a television broadcaster on a leading competition law case, Television Broadcasts Limited v Communications Authority, 2016. The team was also involved in the first court case brought by the Competition Commission under the Competition Ordinance. In Tokyo, Marc and our team mainly assist large conglomerates with foreign M&A and industrial companies in foreign cartel investigations.

Marc is the author of the Hong Kong Competition Law Handbook (Butterworths, 2015). He and our team have been involved in training programmes for Asian competition authorities. Legal 500 EMEA describes Marc as follows, "clients praise Marc Waha as a 'business-minded, straight-to-the-point and brilliant lawyer'". The IFLR Guide notes that "clients have high praise for the team's capabilities" and that Marc is "an incredibly strong academic and a very good lawyer"; "of all the firms, he is the one partner that people recognise the most".

Marc is also included in Chambers & Partners' Global Guide for his "high reputation... merger control clearance work" as well as in the Asia-Pacific Guide, where he has been ranked number one for competition law in China for several years.

He also features in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, International Law Office's Client Choice Awards, PLC's Which Lawyer?, Asialaw's Leading Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.


Professional experience

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  • Attorney at Law, admitted in New York
  • Avocat, qualified in Belgium
  • Hong Kong Competition Law Handbook (second edition), Butterworths Lexis-Nexis, expected June 2019
  • Hong Kong merger control, The Merger Control Review, August 2017 (co-authored with Pearl Yeung and Sophie Chen)
  • Hong Kong merger control, The Merger Control Review, August 2016 (co-authored with Pearl Yeung and Sophie Chen)
  • Competition law in the air transport industry: Hong Kong and greater China, IATA Legal Forum, Hong Kong, October 2016 (co-authored with Pearl Yeung)
  • No-poach agreements and other labour market concerns, Global Competition Review's Annual Cartels Conference 2019, Washington, DC, March 2019
  • Merger control: gun jumping and remedies, Global Competition Review's Antitrust Law Leaders' Forum 2019, Singapore, March 2019
  • Approaching leniency procedures in the EU, 7th Annual Competition Law and Regulatory Global Forum, Hong Kong, July 2018
  • Competition law and policy in the internet economy, Global Competition Review's Antitrust Law Leaders' Forum 2018, Singapore, March 2018
  • Diversity of merger control in Asia, Association des Praticiens du Droit de la Concurrence, Paris, September 2017
  • Japanese companies selling abroad: common competition law issues, 4th Annual Competition Law Summit, Tokyo, September 2017
  • Competition law and telecommunications: key regulatory challenges, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 2017
  • Technological change and market definition in the decisional practice of Asian competition authorities, 12th Asia Competition Forum Conference, Hong Kong, December 2016
  • The competition ordinance and the insurance industry: what can be learned from the application for a block exemption by the shipping industry, Hong Kong Insurance Law Association, Hong Kong, October 2016
  • Conference chair, Kluwer annual conference, Shanghai, July 2016
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  • French
  • Japanese

Knowledge

Competition World

Publication | November 2017

Competition World

Publication | July 2017

Competition law developments in East Asia - June 2017

Publication | June 2017

Competition law developments in East Asia - May 2017

Publication | May 2017