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Adelaide Luke

Adelaide Luke

Senior Associate

Adelaide specialises in multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations and merger control for complex corporate transactions. 



Adelaide has considerable experience in all areas of Hong Kong, EU, and UK competition law, as well as of many of the competition regimes in Asia (particularly China).  She worked in Herbert Smith Freehills' competition teams in London and Brussels prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2015. 

Her practice encompasses merger control, joint venture arrangements, regulatory investigations (concerning both horizontal and vertical pricing issues, as well as issues regarding the abuse of market power), and competition litigation.  She has worked for clients across a number of different jurisdictions and sectors, and is qualified as a solicitor in Australia, Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Ireland.

Adelaide has recently advised:

  • Furukawa Electric Co Ltd on the European Commission's cartel investigation into the company and also its joint venture company, VISCAS Corporation, regarding high voltage underground and sub-sea power cables, both before the European Commission and as lead advocate before the General Court of the European Union on appeal
  • Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation on the European Commission's cartel investigation into automotive parts, including leniency/immunity applications, dawn raid, and all aspects of the settlement process.  Additionally, advising on the subsequent investigation by the Competition Commission of Singapore, and liaising closely with counsel in numerous jurisdictions (including the US, Australia and Japan) regarding other investigations and follow-on actions for damages
  • Yancoal and Yankuang on the PRC and Korean merger control aspects of their  AU$3.2 billion acquisition of Rio Tinto's Hunter Valley coal mines, Glencore's challenge to that acquisition, and the subsequent ongoing acquisition by Glencore of 49% of part of the acquired mines
  • an Asian sovereign wealth fund on the EU and Asian merger control aspect of multiple transactions
  • Sinopec International Petroleum before the European Commission on its acquisition of business and infrastructure in the North Sea and subsequent advice regarding joint marketing