Susan Ning

NING, Susan (Xuanfeng)

Areas of practice

Susan joined King & Wood Mallesons in 1995. She is a senior partner and the head of the Commercial and Regulatory Group.

Her practice includes merger control filings, antitrust investigations, compliance and antitrust litigation. Since 2003, she, together with her team, has undertaken more than 200 antitrust merger control filings on behalf of clients, mostly consisting of multinational corporations. Susan has also assisted a number of clients on confidential investigations of cartel conduct, resale price maintenance and abuse of market dominance, and has acted for Qihoo in relation to the landmark abuse of dominance case with Tencent. Meanwhile, Susan has furnished legal advice to a number of clients regarding establishing and improving their antitrust and competition compliance systems and conducting internal audits. 

King & Wood Mallesons officially set up the Antitrust and Competition Group in 2006, which was one of the first Antitrust and Competition specialized practice divisions in Chinese law firms. Prior to the enactment of the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) in 2008, Ms. Ning took a very active role in assisting and consulting with the Chinese Government on the drafting of the law. Since the enactment of the AML, she continued to be actively involved in drafting regulations and guidelines accompanying the AML. Through these consultations (and through her prior work with the Chinese Government on WTO issues), Ms. Ning built and maintained a close working relationship with the antitrust authorities in China.

Ms. Ning was also one of the earliest Chinese lawyers to practise international trade and investment law for she has been widely recognized. Ms. Ning's International Trade practice includes foreign direct investment (FDI). In 2008, Ms. Ning led the firm's Olympics legal counsel team - the firm was chosen as the sole Chinese legal counsel to the Beijing Organising Committee of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. As head of the team, Ms. Ning provided a wide range of legal advice.

Working Experience

Susan currently serves as the deputy Chairman of the Antitrust Committee of the All China Lawyers Association and is an active participant of the American Bar Association and Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s antitrust forum. Susan’s articles on the AML have been published by esteemed international competition law journals and publications, including Euromoney’s Competition & Antitrust Review and Global Competition Review. She also wrote the Practice Guide to China Antimonopoly Law (published by CCH).

Susan and her team are highly acclaimed in Chinese antitrust practice. For eight consecutive years (2010-2017), Susan has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Competition. Since 2012 to now, Susan has been continuously ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual in China by Chambers Asia Pacific edition in five years. In 2015 alone, Susan was recognized as one of 2015 ALB China Top 15 Female Lawyers, voted as Leading Individual in Antitrust and Competition law practice in the recently-announced Legal 500 2016 rankings, and elected as one of the Asia Law Leading Lawyers by Euromoney and ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers by InterContinential Finance Magazine. In 2016, based on the votes and recommendations of hundreds of in-house counsels, Susan has been commended as “In-House Community External Counsel of the Year” by one of the most well-known legal media in Asia, In-House Community. Under her leadership, KWM’s China competition and antitrust team was selected as the Firm of the Year for Competition practice in P.R.C. by China Law & Practice, and recognized as “Top-tier” law firm in Antitrust and Competition by Legal 500 in 2015. Susan and her team received various similar awards in their previous practice as well.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Peking University and a Master in Law from McGill University. Susan was admitted as a Chinese lawyer in 1988.

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