Michael Gu is a founding partner and a principal competition partner at AnJie Law Firm, based in Beijing. Prior to forming AnJie Law Firm in 2012, Mr Gu was a principal competition partner at another leading PRC firm. Mr Gu also spent five years in 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 litigation and compliance audits and training.
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 Cooperation Programme, 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.
As a competition law pioneer in China, Mr Gu has secured merger clearance from the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC (MOFCOM) and the State Administration for Market Regulation for numerous merger transactions. In particular, in 2008, Mr Gu successfully submitted the first merger filing under the Anti-monopoly Law, which was also the first to receive approval from the MOFCOM Anti-monopoly Bureau. Mr Gu has also represented clients in high-profile antitrust investigation proceedings, antitrust civil litigation and leniency programmes. In addition, Mr Gu frequently provides strategic preventive advice 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 Chinese Anti-monopoly Law and its implementing rules. He has submitted numerous suggestions and comments to the relevant legislative authorities. Michael Gu has been recognised as a leading lawyer in antitrust and competition by many international guides, including Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, AsiaLaw and Global Competition Review. Mr Gu is a frequent contributor to many legal journals and his publications regarding China antitrust law are well received, widely reproduced and quoted. Michael is also an expert engaged by LexisNexis and Law Business Research. In addition, Mr Gu is the co-managing editor of the China Antitrust Law Journal published by LexisNexis.