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Frances advises on competition law issues across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, TMT, automotive, luxury products, energy, essential facilities and public utilities.
Prior to joining Kewei, Frances was a counsel at a leading law firm in China, heading its antitrust practice. She has also worked for the Competition and Consumer Protection Policy unit under the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) and the Price Supervision and Anti-monopoly Bureau under the National Development and Reform Commission (now consolidated in the State Administration for Market Regulation).
Frances works closely with Chinese antitrust authorities. She was the main drafter of the Guidelines on General Conditions and Procedures for the Exemption of Monopoly Agreements of the Antimonopoly Commission of the State Council. She also contributed to the drafting of the Opinions on Establishing a Fair Competition Review System in the Development of the Market Regimes. Chinese antitrust authorities also invited her to provide expert advice on anti-competitive conduct in a number of investigations.
She obtained her doctorate in competition law from the China University of Political Science and Law and her master’s degree in international business law from the National University of Singapore. Admitted to practise law in China, she is fluent in English and Chinese.
Frances' experience includes advising:
- the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (now consolidated in the State Administration for Market Regulation) on a thorough competition market inquiry into the Chinese grid market and drafting the market inquiry report to set the focus of investigation against grid companies.
- a leading terminal operator in defending a hard-core cartel investigation, including advising on mitigation strategies for penalties.
- a multinational manufacturing company in a damages action in China following a cartel decision of the European Commission.
- MK on the PRC merger control aspects of its acquisition of Versace.
- a leading Chinese internet company on the establishment of antitrust investigation protocols.
- a State Owned Enterprise on establishing and improving antitrust compliance.
- a US automaker on an antitrust external audit.