Sharon Pang
Sharon Pang

Sharon Pang

Principal Economist - Competition

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9290

Sharon Pang

Principal Economist - Competition

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9290


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Sharon has more than 20 years of experience in antitrust matters and merger review spanning a wide range of industries in the United States.  She has also been engaged by attorneys in Hong Kong to advise their clients on a broad range of competition-related matters.  

Sharon has advised attorney and corporation clients in antitrust investigations and litigation matters alleging monopolisation; anti-competitive vertical restraints (e.g., exclusivity agreements, tying, bundling, resale price maintenance, refusal to deal); price discrimination; and collusive conduct (e.g., price fixing, bid rigging).  

Sharon has prepared economic expert reports, submitted written declarations to U.S. federal courts, and presented economic findings to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission staff in connection with antitrust investigations and merger review. 

Prior to joining Deacons, Sharon was a Principal at the Washington, D.C. office of the global economic consulting firm Charles River Associates, an in-house economist at the antitrust department of a large multinational law firm based in New York City, and was on the faculty at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.  

Sharon advised antitrust counsel for a Chinese internet security company in connection with its antitrust complaint against a Chinese technology conglomerate filed under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.  She prepared economic expert reports that were submitted to the Chinese Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and prepared economic expert testimony at the SPC hearing. 

Sharon advised antitrust counsel for an ice cream distributor plaintiff in its antitrust complaint against a multinational food and beverage company for monopolisation of the ice cream distribution market in Puerto Rico via exclusivity agreements and other anti-competitive business practices.  She prepared economic expert reports, and advised and assisted counsel in plaintiff’s response to the multinational food and beverage company’ s Motion for Summary Judgment. 

In connection with a US State hospital’s lawsuit challenging anti-competitive state regulations that limited the number of hospitals that could perform specific surgical procedures in a geographic area (“Certification of Need” regulations), Sharon prepared economic expert reports, advised counsel for the plaintiff hospital in its Motion to Dismiss the testimony of the opposing economic expert (“Daubert Motion”), and submitted a declaration in support of the Daubert Motion.     

Sharon advised antitrust counsel for a global confectionery and other food products manufacturer in its acquisition of the pet food division from a multinational packaged goods corporation.  She prepared economic reports on the competitive effects of the combination, presented the results to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) staff, and advised and assisted counsel in their submission of white papers to the FTC.  

Sharon served as one of the main drafters of a working group formed by American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and Section of International Law that submitted comments on the Draft Procedural and Substantive Guidelines published by the Hong Kong Competition Commission.

Education

Ph.D, University of California at Los Angeles (1993)

M.A., University of California at Los Angeles (1990)

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University (1987)

Memberships/Appointments and Other Professional Experience

  • Non-governmental Advisor, International Competition Network, appointed by The Hong Kong Competition Commission (2018 - 2020) 
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association

Recent Speaking Experience

  • Speaker at seminars at the Hong Kong Competition Commission on: 
    • “Detecting Collusion Among Competitors: Economic Evidence” (December 2017) 
    • “Competitive Analysis of Exclusive Dealing Agreements: A Case Study” (June 2017) 
    • “The Use of Economics in Antitrust Litigation: Qihoo 360 v. Tencent QQ” (July2016) 
    • “Exclusivity Agreements and Potential Abuse of Substantial Market Power: A Case Study” (May 2015) 
    • “Economic Assessment of Substantial Market Power” (July 2014) 
  • Speaker at seminars organized by the Asian Institute of International Financial Law and Faculty of Law (Hong Kong University) on: 
    • “Detecting Collusion Among Competitors – Economic Evidence” (April 2017) 
    • “The Use of Economics in Antitrust Litigation: Qihoo 360 v. Tencent QQ” (January 2014) 
  • Speaker at a seminar organized by the Hong Kong Bar Association on “Competition Law:  The Economic Aspects of the Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619)” (January 2016) 
  • Guest speaker at external competition seminars organized by law firms in Hong Kong on: 
    • “Vertical Price Restraints: When Can They Be Anti-Competitive?” (October 2017) 
    • “Putting the Heat on the Ice Cream Distributors” (October 2017) 
    • “The Use of Economic Evidence in Detecting Bid Rigging in the Absence of a Smoking Gun” (April 2017) 
    • “The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance – Prevention of Abuse of Substantial Market Power” (October 2016) 
  • Speaker at a seminar at the University of Hong Kong, School of Business on: 
    •  “Economic Assessment of Substantial Market Power”(July 2014) 
  • Speaker at internal CPD credited competition seminars held at a number of law firms in Hong Kong on resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing, aftermarket tying, bundling, predatory pricing, abuse of substantial market power, selective distribution, information exchange and collusion (2013 – 2017)

Conference Speaker/Panelist

  • Hong Kong: 7th Annual International Arbitration, Regulatory & Compliance Summit, organized by Wolters Kluwer & Legal Plus, March 7, 2018 (Panelist on “Use of Competition Law in Arbitration, Compliance & Hong Kong Competition Law Update) 
  • 2017 Hong Kong Lingnan Competition Policy Forum, December 15 – 16, 2017 (Speaker on “Dynamics of the Hong Kong Auto Fuel Market: An Economic Perspective” 
  • Annual CPD Fast Track Conference, organized by Legal Plus, October 12, 2017 (Lecturer on “Distribution Agreements and the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance: A Case Study”) 
  • Competing in Hong Kong and Beyond, conference organized by Deacons and LexMundi, June 29, 2017 (Panelist on “Competition Policy and Digital Markets”) 
  • Hong Kong: 6th Annual Global Competition Law Summit, organized by the Kluwer Law Conference for In-house Counsel, April 26, 2017 (Speaker on “Distribution Agreements: When Can They Become Anti-Competitive? An Economic Perspective”; Panelist on “What Issues In-house Counsel Need to Consider When Being Advised on Competition Law?”) 
  • GCR Live 2nd Annual Hong Kong: Focus on China, October 8, 2016 (Panelist on “China Mergers –Remedies Retrospective”) 
  • Asian Competition Forum 11th Annual Conference, November 30 – December 1, 2015 (Speaker on “The Role of Economists in Antitrust Investigations: A Case Study”) 
  • Japan: Global Competition Law Forum, organized by the Kluwer Law International, May 21, 2015 (Speaker on “When Can Tying and Bundled Discounting Be Anti-Competitive?” Panelist on “Ask the Experts – Enforcement in Other Countries – Japan, India, Hong Kong, China, USA, Q/A”) 
  • Asian Competition Forum 10th Annual Conference, December 8 – 9, 2014 (Speaker on “Chinese Supreme People’s Court Decision in Qihoo v Tencent: The Economic Lessons”) 
  • 2014 International Conference on Antitrust Law Enforcement, Taipei, Taiwan, September 30, 2014 (Panelist on “Antitrust in Innovation Markets”) 
  • Korea: 2nd Annual Global Competition Law Forum, organized by Kluwer Law International, September 25, 2014 (Speaker on “Assessing Substantial Market Power in Antitrust Analysis from An Economist’s Perspective”; Panel Chair on “Ask the Experts – Best Practice for In-house Counsel – Compliance and Regulatory Focus in Korea, China, HK, EU, US”) 
  • 3rd Annual Hong Kong: Global Competition Law Forum Asia, organized by Kluwer Law International, June 27, 2014 (Speaker on “Assessing Substantial Market Power in Antitrust Analysis from An Economist’s Perspective”; Panelist on “Compliance Issues, Choosing External Competition Lawyers, In-house Counsel Objectives, What Practitioners Can Offer?”) 
  • Asian Competition Forum 9th Annual Conference, December 8 – 9, 2013 (Speaker on “Using the Second Conduct Rule to Support Market Entry: A Case Study”) 
  • China – Inside and Out, conference organized by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Beijing, China, September 16 – 17, 2013 (Planning committee member and witness at mock trial)

Publications

  • “Hong Kong Competition Commission’s Legal Action against Residential Renovation Contractor Cartel”, International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s International Committee Vol. 1 (January 2018) 
  • “Hong Kong Competition Commission’s First Legal Action: An Economic Perspective”, International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s International Committee Vol. 2 (July 2017) 
  • “Clash of Titans: How China Disciplines Internet Markets”, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2015, Vol.6, No.6 (co-authored with David Stallibrass) (nominated for the Antitrust Writing Awards 2016, Asian Antitrust category) 
  • “The Chinese Supreme Court Issues the First Decision Based on Economic Analysis under Anti-Monopoly Law (Qihoo v. Tencent)”, The Concurrences (October 2014) 
  • “Hong Kong Competition Ordinance – An Overview”, The Newsletter, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Winter 2013 (nominated for the Antitrust Writing Awards 2014, Business Articles category) 
  • “A Discussion of MOFCOM’s Competitive Analysis in 2012 from an Economic Perspective”, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, February 2013 (co-authored with Elizabeth Wang)

 

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