Vanessa Yanhua Zhang
Leader: Asian Antitrust & Competition
Dr. Zhang leads Brattle’s Asian Antitrust & Competition Practice, and is an expert in applying economic analysis to competition, industrial organization, and intellectual property issues for clients across numerous industries in Asia, 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 the 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.
Toulouse School of Economics, PhD in Economics and MA in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
Peking University, BA in Economics