I recently received the book, Anti-Monopoly Law and Practice in China, written by H. Stephen Harris, Jr. (no relation), Peter J. Wang, Yizhe Zhang, Mark A. Cohen, and Sebastian J. Evrard. All of the authors are practicing lawyers, one with Microsoft, one with Baker & McKenzie, and the others with Jones Day.

I know this is going to make me sound like a complete geek, but I was hugely excited to receive this book.  I know or know of most of the authors and they are among the leading China antitrust experts. China’s antitrust laws are relatively new and to a large extent untested so I was excited (yes, I know I already used that word) to see how this book would handle that. It handled that and everything else with aplomb. 

This is an absolutely amazing book.

Amazing because it is clearly written, comprehensive and highly relevant and that is a rare beast among law books. 

I actually started my career as an antitrust lawyer and so I am not unfamiliar with the topic. The book not only does an exceptional job covering China’s anti-monopoly laws, it does an exceptional job putting them in their context. As a small firm that represents mostly SMEs, my firm is not going to be doing much big-time antitrust work in China. But, we constantly handle intellectual property rights issues and the book contains an excellent chapter on “Intellectual Property Rights Under the AML.”  We also surprisingly often deal with Chinese unfair competition matters and the book covers that with its superb chapter on “Competition-Related Laws Other than the AML [Anti-Monopoly Law]” which is highly relevant for just about any business in or involved with China. 

To quote some of those who received an advance copy:

This is an extraordinary treatise on the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law, and should be on the desk or nearby shelf of every antitrust practitioner, academic and policymaker whose work or interest involves modern-day China, the relationship of the state to the market, and its transition to a socialist market economy. The book is an invaluable resource. It is clear, straightforward, and comprehensive in its presentation of the fundamental details, its identification of the ambiguities, and its overview and perspective.”
Eleanor Fox

Anti-Monopoly Law and Practice in China is an insightful and comprehensive account of an increasingly important area of Chinese law. The authors provide detailed coverage of a number of important issues that are central not only to the development of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, but also are at the heart of China’s rise as an economic power. It will be helpful reading for practitioners, scholars, and policy-makers.”
Benjamin L. Liebman 

“Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) is now one of the most important antitrust regimes in the world, and this book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the AML. It describes not only the substantive and procedural provisions of the law, but also compares the AML with other antitrust regimes, and describes relevant cases since its implementation. This book will be useful to any corporation doing business in China as well as anyone interested in China’s economic and legal systems.”
Xiaoye Wang

I wholeheartedly agree with all three.

If you are an English speaking lawyer involved with China, you need to read this book and keep it on your shelf.  Now.