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Vanessa Yanhua Zhang

Dr. Zhang leads Brattle’s Greater China Practice, and is an expert in applying economic analysis to competition, industrial organization, and intellectual property issues for clients across numerous industries in Greater China, the US, and the EU.

Throughout her career, Dr. Zhang has worked on a wide array of matters involving allegations of monopolization, foreclosure practices, vertical restraints, cartels, merger analysis, damages, FRAND, and intellectual property. She has provided antitrust economic trainings to the Chinese regulatory agencies and judges, and assisted agencies with economic analysis in their merger reviews. She has consulted on projects across numerous industries, such as transportation, chemical, e-commerce, payment card, banking, pharmaceutical, high tech, electricity, telecommunication, and consumer products.

In China, Dr. Zhang has testified as an expert witness and submitted expert reports before the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC), Provincial Higher Courts, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation (SHAMR). MOFCOM and SAMR often retain Dr. Zhang on global mergers, including Agrium/PotashCorp and SONY/SenseScene.

Dr. Zhang has advised merging parties including KLA Tencor/OrboTech, Didi/Uber China, and Yum!/Little Sheep. On behalf of Tencent, Dr. Zhang served as an expert in Qihoo 360 v. Tencent resulting in favorable decisions at the SPC and Guangdong High Court, which was the first antitrust case ruled on by the SPC. She has also served as an expert for Qualcomm in Apple v. Qualcomm and NDRC investigation against Qualcomm, as well as for other multinational and Chinese companies such as Eastman Chemical, Motorola, Shell, and NetEase to successfully defend allegations related to antitrust, IP, and unfair competition.    

In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Zhang is a Senior Research Fellow at the Renmin University of China Market and Regulation Law Center (MRLC), and has taught regulation and antitrust economics to graduate students. Dr. Zhang has edited several books in both English and Chinese; written numerous articles and contributed to books on China’s merger control regime and Anti-Monopoly Law (AML); and authored extensively for respected publications including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, and Antitrust Chronicle (in addition to serving on its Advisory Board). Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Zhang was a Managing Director at an international economics consulting firm.

China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update: July 2021
July 2021
China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update: June 2021
June 2021
China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update: May 2021
May 2021
China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update: April 2021
April 2021
Antitrust and Unfair Competition Conduct in the Network Game Industry of China
March 2021
Published in Competition Policy International (CPI) Antitrust Chronicle
News & Events
June 25, 2021
The Future of Competition Policy in China: Brattle Experts to Discuss during Fordham Competition Law Institute Webinar

Brattle Principals Dr. Rosa Abrantes-Metz, Dr. Peter Davis, and Dr. Vanessa Yanhua Zhang will join “The Future of Competition Policy in China” webinar, which is part of the Fordham Competition Law Institute’s Virtual Conference Series and is hosted by JURIS Conferences, on Friday, June 25 from 7:00–9:00 a.m. (Eastern) | 7:00–9:00 p.m. (Beijing).

April 05, 2021
Dr. Vanessa Yanhua Zhang Serves as Special Editor and Coauthors Article in March 2021 Issue of CPI Antitrust Chronicle

Brattle Principal Dr. Vanessa Yanhua Zhang was a special editor of the Competition Policy International (CPI) Antitrust Chronicle March 2021 issue. Dr. Zhang also coauthored an article on antitrust and unfair competition in China’s network game industry with Academic Advisor Prof. Jiong John Gong.

March 12, 2021
China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update: March 2021

Brattle Principal Vanessa Zhang and Consultant Rita Li, along with other Greater China practice members, have developed a China Competition Policy & IP Monthly Update for March 2021.

March 01, 2021
The Brattle Group Welcomes Prominent Economist Vanessa Yanhua Zhang to Lead Greater China Practice

Dr. Vanessa Yanhua Zhang has joined The Brattle Group’s New York office as a Principal and the leader of a new Greater China practice.