People’s Republic of China
China’s leading antitrust lawyer – Chambers (2018)
World’s leading Competition lawyer – Who’s Who Legal (2016-2018)
Future Leader: Competition Law – Who’s Who Legal 2017
Leading Lawyer in Antitrust & Competition – LegalBand (2015-2018)
Leading Antitrust Lawyer in China – Expert Guide (2012-2018)
Commended External Counsel of the Year – In-House Community (2017)
China’s top 100 lawyers – China Business Law Journal (2016)
Leading Lawyer in Antitrust & Competition – Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015-2018)
Leading Antitrust Lawyer in Asia-Pacific – AsiaLaw (2014-2018)
Leading lawyer in IT, Telco & Media – Asialaw (2018)
Leading M&A Lawyer in Asia-Pacific – AsiaLaw (2015-2018)
Leading M&A Lawyer – Legal500 (2015-2018)
Leading Lawyer in Compliance – LegalBand (2015)
Winner of the Deal of the Year (Overseas Merger and Acquisition) awarded by China Business Law Journal (2014)
Michael Gu is the co-managing editor of the China Antitrust Law Journal published by LexisNexis. Michael Gu has been the exclusive author for the China chapter for The Public Competition Enforcement Review for recent nine years. He is also a frequent contributor to Competition Policy International, China Business Law Journal, Asia Law Business, and China’s Cai Xin (the leading financial magazine in China). Michael’s publications regarding China antitrust law, M&A, entertainment and art law are well received, widely reproduced and quoted. Michael is also an expert engaged by LexisNexis and Law Business Research.
Michael Gu is a co-founder and a principal competition partner of AnJie Law Firm based in Beijing. Michael is also an executive member of AnJie. Michael was a principal competition partner of another leading PRC firm prior to funding AnJie. Michael Gu also spent five years at the competition practices of Linklaters and Allen & Overy. He is among the few top practitioners in China who can provide clients with a full range of cutting-edge legal advice on all types of antitrust matters in China, covering merger filings, antitrust investigations, antitrust civil litigations and compliance audit and trainings.
Michael Gu received his LL.B. degree from Soochow University School of Law in 1993 and was licensed to practice law in the PRC in 1994. Michael Gu has a strong background in both legal education and economic research. He studied EU competition law under the EU-China Legal and Judicial Co-operation Program, sponsored by the PRC Ministry of Justice and European Commission, from 2002 to 2003. He also holds a master’s degree from the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University.
Michael Gu is also a seasoned corporate and M&A practitioner. Michael regularly advises multinational clients on their strategic investments in China and assists them in dealing with challenging and complicated legal matters.
Michael Gu mainly serves Fortune 500 companies, large state-owned enterprises and leading equity funds. Also, Michael has wealth experience in advising clients in entertainment, sports and art industries.
As a competition law pioneer in China, Michael Gu has secured merger clearance from the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC (MOFCOM) for numerous merger transactions involving variety of industries (e.g. healthcare, pharmaceutical, electronics, manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, transportation, energy, financial service, etc.) Particularly in 2008, Michael successfully submitted the first merger filing under the Anti-Monopoly Law which also received the first approval from the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the MOFCOM. Michael has also represented clients in high-profile antitrust investigation proceedings, antitrust civil litigations and leniency programs. Michael has successfully assisted clients in obtaining satisfactory results with respect to all these investigations, litigations and leniency applications. In addition, Michael frequently provides strategic preventive advices to clients with respect to the potential antitrust risks associated with distribution agreements, IP licensing, restrictive measures, marketing events, pricing and bidding process, etc.
Michael Gu has actively participated in the drafting process of the PRC Anti-monopoly Law and its implementing rules. He has submitted numerous suggestions and comments to the relevant legislative authorities. He has also been invited to present keynote speeches on the topics of anti-monopoly law and other legal issues at various seminars.
Michael Gu was named as Future Leader of the Year in 2017 by Who’s Who Legal. Who’s Who Legal says: Michael Gu is a leading name in Chinese competition law and is highly sought after by domestic and international clients.
Merger & Acquisition, Equity Fund Investment
Michael Gu’s overall experience in merger & acquisition covers a full range of private and public company transactions and cross-border acquisitions. He advised Citibank on its strategic investment in Guangdong Development Bank, UBS AG on its strategic investment in Bank of China, Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd. on its strategic investment in Rongtong Fund Management Company, DaimlerChrysler AG on its share purchase of Beiqi Futian Automobile Co. Ltd, Goldman Sachs on establishment of the first PRC securities company controlled by foreign investors, Scottish & Newcastle on its strategic investment in and cooperation with Chongqing Brewery Company, Volvo on its acquisition of a major PRC construction machinery manufacturer and Avenue Capital on its strategic investment in Century 21 China Real Estate.
In addition, Michael Gu has advised KKR, TPG, Carlyle, and Mitsui on their landmark investments in China.
Media and Entertainment
Assisted EndemolShine Group, the world's leading independent production company, in founding its first branch in China engaging in TV program/format and creative industries and continue advising Endemol on its cooperation with various TV stations and strategic alliances and joint ventures with other entertainment giants in China;
Advised Condé Nast International on its IP related matters, business strategy and joint venture establishment in China;
Advised Netease.com and the Netease Cloud Music, a leading PRC internet company and one of the largest music streaming companies in China on compliance issues and IP licensing issues;
As the external counsel to China Education Television, provide comprehensive advice on all kinds of legal issues relating to production of films and television programs, restructuring of its online education business and advertising business, cooperation with Discovery, cooperation program with Khan Academy, joint ventures with other film producers, etc;
As the external counsel to China Film Co., Ltd, provide comprehensive advice on its production of films and television programs, film director/actor agency agreement, joint venture of film production, etc;
Advised Today Sport on its corporate structuring and daily legal matters;
Advised Qu Art on its art exhibitions and IP protection issues in China;
Advised IAR Art Resources on its Dali Exhibition and IP protection issues in China;
Advised China Mobile on its acquisition of shares of Phoenix TV;
Advised AOL, a leading international internet content provider, on the issues relating to its business in China;
Advised Hainan White Horse Outdoor Media Co., Ltd, an advertising company for its overseas listing; and
Advised Netease.com, a leading PRC internet company for its overseas listing.
Corporate Compliance and Regulatory Consultancy
Michael Gu serves as external counsel for many multinationals and PRC listed companies and provides general counseling service on regulatory/compliance issues and other general corporate matters, e.g. corporate governance, anti-corruption, advertising, compliance, labor issues, unfair competition, licensing, etc. Representative clients include Motorola, Galaxy Resources, Volvo Construction Equipment, Sharp, Coca-Cola, Honeywell, AstraZeneca, Bosch, New Hope Group, Volkswagen Finance.
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