Samantha Mobley, senior partner in Baker McKenzie's Competition, Trade & Foreign Investment Practice in London and former chair of the Firm's Global Antitrust and Competition Group, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Antitrust Section. Effective Jan 1, she will work in the role alongside Janet Hui, senior partner in JunHe's Competition and Antitrust Practice. 

The IBA is one of the most prominent organizations in the world for legal practitioners. With over 80,000 members, it seeks to promote the goals of global stability and peace through the administration of justice.

The IBA’s Antitrust Section provides an international forum for thought leadership with respect to antitrust law developments and the profession through submissions to competition agencies, training programs/missions, developing the law through its conferences, publications, and interaction with antitrust enforcement authorities and the profession.

In addition, it has a strong commitment in bringing together international practitioners to facilitate closer working relationships. The Section is relied upon by government officials and members of the private sector for its expertise and practical input into antitrust developments.

Samantha has extensive expertise in all areas of competition law and is an eminent name in the cartel field and an experienced merger control specialist. She regularly advises the boards of UK plc's in numerous industry sectors on antitrust compliance matters and is a Non-Governmental Adviser to the UK Competition and Markets Authority at the International Competition Network. 

Commenting on her appointment, Samantha said: "I am excited about the IBA’s commitment to upholding an effective and ethical global legal community and look forward to supporting this work through my leadership of the organisation’s Antitrust Section."

"We are proud to see Sam undertake this prestigious appointment, which follows years of commitment by Sam and by Baker McKenzie to the IBA's important mission," said Mark Hamer, the current Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. "Under Sam's leadership, the IBA Antitrust Section will continue serving as a vital platform to advance antitrust thought leadership across the globe."

Janet has more than 30 years’ experience in providing legal services to clients in different industries and substantial experience in handling various competition and antitrust work, including merger control filing, antitrust investigation and antitrust compliance. Janet enjoys an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally. Janet is appointed as an antitrust expert by Beijing Administration and Market Regulation and was the only female representative selected from China’s legal industry to receive recognition as LinkedIn’s 2021 China Elite Working Female Figure.

"I offer my warmest congratulations on Janet's promotion to Co-Chair of the IBA Antitrust Section", said Warren X. Hua, the Managing Partner of JunHe, "It is a real encouragement to me to see that Janet's mission has been realized after all these years of hard work, and I believe that Janet's determination and dedication will bring the success of the IBA Antitrust Section to a higher level."

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