Cunzhen Huang’s practice focuses on competition/antitrust law.

She also has experience in enforcement and international trade law matters.

Cunzhen joined the firm in January 2009 and was previously resident in the Brussels and London offices. Prior to joining the firm, Cunzhen had an internship in DG Competition of the European Commission and worked in the Brussels and London offices of another international law firm.

Cunzhen has published articles on competition law, contributed to antitrust treatises, and worked with the ABA to provide comments to international antitrust agencies regarding draft antitrust rules.

Notable Experiences

Notable Experience

  • Synopsys in its pending $35 billion acquisition of Ansys.

  • Broadcom in its $87 billion acquisition of VMware Inc.

  • Applied Materials on antitrust aspects of numerous acquisitions and related advice, including in its proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Kokusai Electric.

  • KLA-Tencor in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Orbotech.

  • Google in its acquisition of Motorola and subsequent sale of Motorola’s mobile devices business to Lenovo and its release from obligations under a prior conditional clearance in China.

  • Western Digital in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive business, as well as in compliance efforts related to remedies adopted by MOFCOM in the acquisition and in advocacy leading to MOFCOM’s decision allowing Western Digital to integrate its WD and HGST hard drive businesses.

  • Dow Chemical in numerous transactions, including its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

  • Veolia Environment in its €12.9 acquisition of Suez.

  • Medtronic in its $49.9 billion acquisition of Covidien, cleared globally less than six months after announcement.

  • GlaxoSmithKline in its multibillion-dollar three-part transaction with Novartis involving its consumer health care, vaccines, and oncology businesses.

  • Vivendi in its acquisition of sole control of Lagardère.

  • The Walt Disney Company in its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

  • LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE on the global antitrust aspects of its $16.2 billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co.

  • Essilor in its €46 billion acquisition of Luxottica, owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley.

  • Alstom in its €4.4 billion acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation $1.2 billion acquisition of Hexion’s global epoxy business.

  • Whirlpool in the $1.08 billion sale of its Embraco refrigeration compressors business to Nidec.

  • Johnson Controls in its $40 billion merger with Tyco International.

  • Advised MOFCOM in drafting its merger remedies rules and invited to MOFCOM’s internal closed-door seminars.

  • Contributed to antitrust treatises and worked with the ABA to provide comments to China’s antitrust agencies regarding draft rules under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.

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Selected Activities

  • Vice Chair of the International Corporate Counsel Committee, American Bar Association International Law Section
  • Vice Chair of the International Comments & Policy Committee, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section

Publications

China Introduces Revisions to Merger Notification Thresholds,” (co-author) Cleary Antitrust Watch blog, January 31, 2024

The First Chinese Court Decision on Antitrust Issues In Labor Markets,” (co-author) LexisNexis Antitrust Report, Issue I, July 2022

China Passes “Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law”,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch, June 21, 2021

Collingridge Dilemma? The Interaction of Antitrust Law and Data Privacy in China,” ABA Antitrust Magazine, Vol. 35, Edition, No. 1, December 21, 2020

China’s Merger Control Enforcement: Recent Developments and Trends,” (co-author) Global Competition Enforcement: New Players, New Challenges, October 2019

A Ten-Year Review of Merger Enforcement in China” (co-author), The American Bar Association’s Antitrust Source, August Issue, 2018

“Mergers in China: An Overview of Leading Case Law,” Concurrences Competition Case Law Digest: A Synthesis of EU and National Leading Cases, September 2017; republished in September 2019

“Convergence with Chinese Characteristics? A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparative Study of Recent Merger Enforcement in China,” ABA Antitrust Magazine, Spring 2017

“Mergers in China: An Overview of Leading Case Law,” Concurrences e-Competitions Bulletin, December 2016

“A Five Year Review of Merger Enforcement in China” (co-author), The American Bar Association’s Antitrust Source, October Issue, 2013

“MOFCOM Publishes Draft Merger Remedy Rules” (co-author), Competition Policy International (CPI) Asia Anti-Trust Column, May 21, 2013

“Antitrust Litigation in China - A Step Forward” (co-author), Competition Policy International (CPI) Asia Anti-Trust Column, June 18, 2012

“China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues Final Internet Rules,” Intellectual Property & Technology Journal, June 1, 2012

“Tension between Anti-Circumvention and Antitrust Polices on Intellectual Property - Datel v. Microsoft” (co-author), Electronics Intellectual Property, Vol. 4, 2011

“First Price Cartel Cases under the Chinese AML” (co-author), American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, International Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 2, 2010

“Shanghai’s First Use of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law” (co-author), Law 360, Competition Law, November 17, 2009

“Merger Control under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: the First Year” (co-author), The China Business Review, July-August 2009

“China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: One Year On” (co-author), Bloomberg Law Reports - Asia Pacific, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2009

“Merger Control in China: Still a Long Way to Go” (co-author), Concurrences N 3, 2008

“Towards ‘Independent Regulator’: Significant Step under the WTO Framework for Pro-competitive Environment in China’s Basic Telecommunications,” Selected paper for 5th Workshop for International Young Scholars (WISH), Aix-en-Provence, France, 2006 

“The Status and Development of Rules on Electronic Commerce in the Framework of WTO and China’s Strategies,” Wuhan University International Law Review, Vol. 2, 2004

“Proposals of Legislation Improvement on the Crime of Infringing Commercial Secrets,” Zhejiang Social Science, Special, 2003

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