Hong Kong Competition Law in the Post-Pandemic Era

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Catrina Lam, Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers

Laurent Bougard, Senior Associate, Freshfields

Lester Lee, Head (Litigation), Competition Commission

Rasul Butt, Chief Executive Officer, Competition Commission



Alastair Mordaunt, Partner, Freshfields


Hong Kong Competition Law in the Post-Pandemic Era

2022 saw a number of important developments in the Hong Kong competition regulation and enforcement landscape. With Hong Kong back on the world stage, how will competition law enforcement play a role in the post-pandemic recovery?
We invite you to join the 9th annual Hong Kong competition law event, co-organised by Freshfields and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. We are delighted to host you again in person at Freshfields’ office in Central. In this 75-minute seminar, we will take stock of the key developments in the competition law and enforcement trends in Hong Kong, as well as hear directly from the Competition Commission on its enforcement priorities.
We are pleased to have Rasul Butt, the Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Commission as our keynote speaker.
Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Freshfields antitrust partner Alastair Mordaunt and featuring panellists:
Lester Lee, Head (Litigation), Competition Commission
Catrina Lam, Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
Laurent Bougard, Senior Associate, Freshfields
Hong Kong CPD has been applied for and is subject to Law Society approval.
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.


About the speakers

Catrina Lam was called to the Bar in 1999. She has acted in many of the first landmark cases on competition law in Hong Kong including Competition Commission v Nutanix Hong Kong Ltd & Ors (CTEA 1/2017), Taching Petroleum Company Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 1/2018), Competition Commission v Quantr Ltd & Ors (CTEA 1/2020), and Competition Commission v ATAL Building Services Engineering Ltd & Ors (CTEA 2/2022).

She is currently the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association’s Committee on Competition Law, the Founder and Vice-Chairman of the International League of Competition Law, Hong Kong Chapter, and a Vice President of the Bureau of Ligue Internationale du droit de la Concurrence (LIDC). She was the Competition Commission’s Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network from 2018 to 2021. Catrina is ranked a Band 1 leading junior barrister across multiple practice areas in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. She is also recognised as a Global Law Expert in competition law in Hong Kong.

Laurent Bougard is a senior associate in Freshfield’s antitrust, competition and trade practice. His practice covers all areas of competition law, with a particular focus on global merger control investigations. Laurent spent over seven years in Brussels assisting clients on EU and multijurisdictional matters before relocating to Hong Kong in 2022.

He has extensive experience with merger control regimes in Asia and Europe, and has advised clients on several complex Phase I and Phase II merger control investigations requiring remedies. His past experience has led him to act for clients active in various sectors, including financial sponsors, transport and industrials, among others. He also advises on EU and international trade defence questions, and has also acted for clients in the aviation sector on regulatory matters. 

Laurent obtained his legal degree at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and subsequently a LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Belgian national and admitted to practice in Belgium. 


Lester Lee is the Head (Litigation) of the Competition Commission. In that capacity, Lester oversees the conduct of numerous enforcement actions before the Competition Tribunal as well as appears as advocate for the Commission in its search warrant applications before the High Court. Prior to joining the Commission, Lester was a barrister in private practice. He holds a bachelor degree in law from Durham University, a Masters of Laws in Human Rights from HKU, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from Kings College London.


Rasul Butt was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Commission (Commission) in May 2021. Mr. Butt joined the Commission in April 2015 as Executive Director (Corporate Services & Public Affairs), and was appointed to the position of Senior Executive Director in July 2016 overseeing the policy advisory, advocacy and corporate functions of the Commission. 

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Butt spent more than 16 years at the Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong where his last position was General Manager (Corporate Planning). 

Mr. Butt obtained his Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, followed by Master of Laws (Public Law) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.


About the moderator

Alastair Mordaunt is a partner in Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade practice, dividing his time between Hong Kong and London. He has more than 20 years of experience as a private practitioner and regulator across three continents giving him a deep understanding of working effectively with regulatory regimes to achieve successful outcomes in transactional and investigatory matters. 

Alastair’s government experience includes four years as a senior official at the UK’s competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading. Until recently, he was a non-governmental adviser to the Hong Kong Competition Commission.

Alastair is also an officer of the IBA’s antitrust section and serves as co-chair of its Mergers working group. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in the legal directories for antitrust and foreign investment.



4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Registration
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM - Panel discussion
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM - Networking drinks



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3/21/2023 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Freshfields Client Meeting Suite 36/F, Two Exchange Square, Central

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