Derek Ritzmann

Special Counsel

Foreign Legal Consultant (England & Wales)

Master of Science in Economics,
London School of Economics, 1996
Bachelor of Laws,
University of Melbourne, 2003
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (Ph.D.),
Oxford University, 2007
Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 2010
Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law,
King’s College London, 2011

Barrister & Solicitor, Victoria, Australia, 2006
Solicitor, England & Wales, 2012
Attorney, New York, United States, 2012
Foreign Legal Consultant, Hong Kong, 2019

Notable representations

Derek supports GPS in areas concerning competition and regulatory compliance.

For over 20 years, Derek has advised and assisted clients on all aspects of competition law and compliance best-practice, regulated industries, and compliance assistance and training. His legal and consulting appointments cover a wide range of industries including telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, internet-based industries, broadcasting, and transportation.

Derek has particular expertise in dealing with government regulatory agencies, having held senior government positions for over a decade. He was an early member and first Chief Economist of the Hong Kong Competition Commission; Principal Economist at the Australian competition and telco/energy industry regulator; and a member of the Chief Economist team in the European Commission’s Competition Directorate.

Apart from his work as a lawyer and economist, Derek is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches Competition Law. He is also a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the OECD and is invited frequently to speak at law and other conferences on competition and regulatory issues. Derek is a director of the competition and regulatory consulting firm Economics Partners located in Hong Kong.

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