Professor Mark Williams
has been appointed the first Director of ACLEC. He holds a PhD in
competition law from King’s College, University of London and published
the first comprehensive study of competition law and policy in greater
China – ‘Competition Policy and Law of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan’,
Cambridge University Press (2005). Professor Williams is a qualified
solicitor and is admitted to practice in both England and Wales and
He has published various articles on a number of aspects of competition law and policy in China, Hong Kong, and other East Asian jurisdictions. He has been an active participant in competition policy training programmes with APEC and for the Japanese Fair Trade Commission. He has spoken at many conferences on competition issues in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has also addressed the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Professor Williams has worked closely with competition experts from many countries and help established the Asian Competition Forum in 2005. He has been an active proponent of competition law adoption in Hong Kong for many years. He hopes that the establishment of ACLEC will help to enhance competition law and policy capacity in China, Hong Kong and East Asia by offering high quality teaching, training, research and consultancy services to a wide range of students and clients.
Dr. Andrew Simpson
is a lawyer of more than fifteen years' experience in competition law
and industry regulation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. After
qualifying in New Zealand, Andrew earned his PhD at Sydney University
Law School. Andrew is currently an Assistant Professor with the School
of Accounting & Finance at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where
he is involved in the development of Asia's first Master's degree in
competition law and economics. Andrew is admitted to practise in Hong
Kong, England & Wales, New South Wales and New Zealand.
Andrew previously practised law with Arculli and Associates in Hong Kong and with Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney. In private practise Andrew specialized in contentious and non-contentious competition matters under the Trade Practices Act, and in telecommunications and radiocommunications regulatory and commercial work in Hong Kong and regionally.
Andrew was formerly Assistant General Counsel to the New Zealand Commerce Commission. In that role, Andrew led the Legal Regulatory Group, which was responsible for providing legal advice to Commissioners and staff, in relation to merger clearance proceedings; conduct authorizations; regulation of New Zealand's telecommunications, electricity, gas and dairy industries; and associated enforcement proceedings. For three years Andrew was Director of Regulatory Affairs for a Hong Kong-based submarine cable operator, with responsibility for that group's regulatory, competition and compliance matters.
Dr. Simpson is co-editor of two books on electronic commerce and the author of a number of articles on economic regulation and competition law.