Firms To Watch: EU, competition and distribution

Acting for clients in major merger filings,  the antitrust, competition and regulatory team at the Paris office of global firm Norton Rose Fulbright brings experience and expertise to the practice area.
Known for its expertise in regulated sectors, the competition, regulation and distribution department at Paris law firm Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats is also recognised for its experience in state aid regulation.
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EU, competition and distribution in France

BDGS Associés

The powerhouse team at BDGS Associés remains a market leader, advising major global corporates, insurance companies, banks, financial institutions and private equity firms involved in competition and regulatory matters. Headed by Antoine Gosset-Grainville, who leads on merger control and state aid issues, and Maria Trabucchi , who guides clients through cartel investigations and antitrust matters, the group’s client portfolio spans the food retail, aerospace, energy, financials services, and consumer goods sectors. The group also covers damage claims, anticompetitive practices, and proceedings before the competition authority and the European Commission. Mathilde Damon brings her public procurement expertise to the table.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antoine Gosset-Grainville; Maria Trabucchi

Autres avocats clés:

Mathilde Damon

Les références

‘Firm with a reputation in all areas of competition law: merger control, state aid, anti-competitive practices. Very good contact with the competition authorities. Availability and efficiency.’

‘Maria Trabucchi – excellent mastery of merger control and management of relations with competition authorities. Efficient, available, calm, pragmatic.’

‘A discernment of the essential points and a speed of understanding of the various levels of the file which allowed us to build with confidence a very effective line of defense. Congratulations also to Antoine Gosset-Grainville and Mathilde Damon for the way in which they have distributed the roles to ensure each at their own level the management of our file.’

Principaux clients

Carrefour

SNCF

La Poste

La Banque Postale

BPCE

Crédit Mutuel

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole

BNP Paribas

Predica

CMA CGM

OpenGate Capital

Campofrío

Thales

Publicis

Fleury Michon

Agence des Participations de l’État

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

EDF

Région des Pays de la Loire

Engie

Paprec

Fédération du Commerce et de la Distribution

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Association Solidarité Renouvelables

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Engie on the sale of its 29.9% stake in Suez to Veolia for €3.4bn, which marked the beginning of the stock market battle over the acquisition of Suez by Veolia.
  • Advising the French State Shareholding Agency on the different measures put in place by the French state in favour of Air France in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, including (i) two emergency measures for a total amount of €7bn and (ii) the French subscription to a capital increase for an amount up to  €1bn.
  • Advising Campofrío as the first leniency applicant before the French competition authority with respect to cartel practices that took place in the charcuterie area in France, resulting in a fine of nearly €100m globally, but only €1m for Campofrío, and representing it in the context of its appeal against the decision before the Paris Court of Appeal.

Bredin Prat

The competition law group at the Bredin Prat continues to be a dominant force in the market, advising major national and international corporates across the energy, telecoms, transport, financial services, pharmaceuticals, media, retail, and food and beverages sectors. The group’s wide range of expertise includes interim measures, leniency applications, settlement discussion and appearances before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority. The group is led by veteran antitrust litigator Hugues Calvet, merger control and state aid authority Olivier Billard, cross-border transaction specialist Igor Simic, investigation expert Marie-Cécile Rameau, public economic law advisor Yelena Trifounovitch and Brussels office head Pierre Honoré.

Les références

‘Very nice team led by Igor Simic. High technicality, fine knowledge of French and European authorities. Tailor-made service.’

‘Excellent teams across multiples area of expertise.’

‘Working with Bredin Prat and its competition team is an opportunity. In addition to its excellence, their lawyers are characterised by a high legal quality, the quality of the analysis of situations, their sense of strategy and human qualities.’

‘The partners, and, more particularly, Yelena Trifounovitch, are of great human, intellectual and legal quality. Their availability is remarkable.’

Principaux clients

Airbus

Air Liquide

Andros

Apple

AXA

beIN Sports

Bonduelle

BPCE

Casino

Christian Dior

Coca-Cola

DAF

Danone

Edenred

EDF

Eiffage

Eurazeo

Fleury Michon

Fnac Darty

Framatome

Illumina

INEOS

Ingenico

JCDecaux

Johnson & Johnson

Keolis

KKR

La Poste

Lactalis

Legrand

Les Echos

Luxottica

LVMH – Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

Netflix

Orange

Rheinzink

Saint-Gobain

Schneider Electric

SNCF

Sodexo

Spie S.A.

Stellantis (formerly PSA Peugeot Citroën)

Suez

Uber

Unilever

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Suez before the European Commission and the General Court of the European Union as well as national competition authorities worldwide in connection with the €13bn public takeover launched by Veolia.
  • Successfully defended Apple before the French Competition Authority, obtaining the dismissal of a request for interim measures aimed at preventing Apple from rolling out Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes.
  • Advised US biotech company Illumina Inc. before the French Competition Authority and the French Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’État) in the context of the first request for referral to the European Commission of a merger that did not cross the jurisdictional thresholds.

Clifford Chance

The antitrust team at Clifford Chance remains a market leader as its broad practice acting for major corporates involved in high-profile investigations, state aid procedures, damages claims and merger control cases at the EU and national levels attests. Headed by David Tayar, who leads on abuse of dominance and restrictive arrangement cases, and tech antitrust enforcement expert Katrin Schallenberg, the team’s client portfolio features an impressive list of household names, mainly from the sports, healthcare, tech, retail and energy sectors. Counsel and foreign investment specialist Emily Xueref-Poviac is another key name.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Tayar; Katrin Schallenberg

Autres avocats clés:

Emily Xueref-Poviac

Les références

‘This practice possesses in-depth knowledge of competition law with high availability. They are proactive and straight to the point.’

‘David Tayar possesses in-depth knowledge of competition law and provides very high availability. He always responds swiftly and with clear and practical answers. He is proactive and seeks information before I have to ask for it.’

‘Professional and accessible team. The team delivers high-quality work with real closeness to its clients and with a pragmatism that allows useful progress in cases.’

‘Katrin Schallenberg and David Tayar maintain a high level of intervention with close proximity to their clients and their activities.’

‘Very rigorous, efficient, organised team.’

Principaux clients

Adobe

Airbus

Amazon

Amundi

Ariane Group

Arkema

BNP Paribas

Carrefour

Crédit Agricole/CACEIS

Crédit Mutuel

DGEC

Electrolux

Engie

Europcar

Framatome

General Electric

Hearst

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Manpower

Ligue de Football Professionnel

L’Oréal

Oracle

Rexel

Sandoz

Starbucks

Shell

Tereos

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries

TotalEnergies

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Teva in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into an alleged abuse of dominance in the field of treatments for multiple sclerosis in the EEA.
  • Advising General Electric on its agreement with AerCap to merge GE’s aircraft leasing business (GECAS) with AerCap to create a major aircraft lessor.
  • Successfully represented the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) in the context of highly-publicised proceedings initiated by Groupe Canal Plus before the Commercial Court and the French Competition Authority against the tender organised by the LFP in January 2021, following Mediapro’s bankruptcy.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

The antitrust and regulatory group at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier continues to be a key player in the field, with major international corporates accounting for most of the work. Led by merger control authority Didier Théophile and backed by regulated sectors specialist expert Guillaume Aubron and counsel and cartel and unilateral conduct specialist Constance Bocket, the team covers antitrust litigation and advice, state aid matters at the EU and national levels and private enforcement actions. The group’s client base spans the IT, telecoms, media, hospitality, e-commerce and engineering industries.

Responsables de la pratique:

Didier Théophile

Autres avocats clés:

Guillaume Aubron; Constance Bocket

Les références

‘Darrois is a unique firm that combines great technical competence with exceptional know-how and knowledge of the market. Close to their clients, they know how to support them from start to finish with full service.’

‘Didier Théophile has piloted numerous operations in connection with the competition authorities assisted by a very solid team. Guillaume Aubron, Constance Bocket: strong involvement in the subjects, very rigorous and demonstrating great writing skills.’

Principaux clients

Accor

Amazon

Bouygues

Bouygues Telecom

Daimler

EDF

Lagardère

La Poste

Société Générale

Sodiaal

Suez

Tech Data

TowerCast

Vivendi

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Suez in the context of its proposed takeover by Veolia.
  • Representing Tech Data in the context of an appeal before the Paris Court of Appeals following the FCA’s decision to fine Apple, Tech Data and Ingram Micro a total of €1.24bn.
  • Defending Daimler in multiple actions brought before French courts by alleged victims of the trucks cartel, which was sanctioned by the Commission in 2016.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

The EU and competition law group at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei specialises in advising major corporates involved in high-profile investigations by the competition authorities, as well as in cartel state aid and merger control matters. The team is headed by antitrust litigation and competition authority Philippe Guibert and Barbara Levy, who leads the group’s distribution and IP cases. Anti-competitive practices expert Laëtitia Gavoty Tolot and Alexandre Eberhardt  were promoted to partner in July 2021.  The team’s client portfolio spans the e-commerce, banking, insurance, transport, telecoms, energy, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Guibert; Barbara Levy 

Les références

‘I work regularly with Philippe Guibert who is an excellent lawyer; very pleasant to work with him whether we are on the same side or with divergent interests.’

‘Total commitment and availability. Great professionalism.’

‘Undoubtedly, one of the best competition law teams in Paris, with very strong expertise in both antitrust litigation and merger control. Very responsive, high-quality consultations and the ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward way. Very recommended for complex concentrations. Very good relations with the community and French authorities.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the law and always hands-on.’

‘Philippe Guibert is a preeminent antitrust lawyer, with excellent knowledge of the law, and great experience. Laetitia Gavoty is a first-class competition lawyer.’

‘Philippe Guibert and Laetitia Gavoty are two high-level competitors. I appreciate their technical mastery and tactical sense as well as their connections with the French competition authority. These qualities clearly set them apart from the competition.’

Principaux clients

RATP

SNCF

Sonepar

Volkswagen / MAN / Traton Trucks

Altice Telecom

Arcelor Mittal

Booking.com

Groupe Bernard Hayot (GBH)

Groupe Derichebourg

Allianz Group

Arkema

Group Bell AG/ Group Coop

Altarea

Terrena

Groupe Rubis (oil)

Siemens Health Care

Credit Agricole

Vinci Group

Quadient Neopost

CNP Assurances

Essilor Luxottica

Cic-Credit Mutuel

Societe Generale

Malakoff Mederic

Altarea-Cogedim

Groupe Soufflet

Axa

Axereal

The North Face

Timberland

Isotoner

Napapijri

Valeo

Manpower

Groupe Diderot

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting SEPM before the FCA regarding the non-compliance by Google of FCA’s interim measures decision relating to Press magazines IP neighbouring rights.
  • Assisting Altice Mobile regarding the sale of its telecommunications infrastructures’ activities to Cellnex before the FCA.
  • Assisting Volkswagen and Man Truck regarding the numerous private enforcement litigations initiated in France further to the EU Commission relating to the trucks cartel.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The competition and international trade team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. demonstrates strength across a broad span of competition law and regulatory issues. Such matters include vertical restraints, merger control, abuse of dominant position, cartels and private enforcement.  The group’s client portfolio features a number of household names, primarily from the food, energy, financial services, transport, retail, luxury goods, banking and media sectors. The team is headed by compliance program implementation expert Dimitri Dimitrov, competition authority proceedings specialist Emmanuel Reille, complex merger operations advisor Franck Audran and Laura Castex, who brings her investigation experience to the table.

Les références

‘True teamwork, each member is complementary and yet keeps a very complete vision of the file.’

‘Very broad expertise, accessible, taking into account operational and sectoral constraints.’

‘Very professional, competent and responsive firm. Very good client experience.’

Principaux clients

Groupe Castel

Transat AT

Fnac-Darty

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfields

Caisse des dépôts et des consignations

Iveco

STIHL

Maus Frères SA

L’Oréal

Cosmetics Europe

Apple EMEIA, Apple Inc

FEBEA

Discovery Group / Eurosport

Fedrus – VM Building Solutions (formerly Umicore)

UHR, Faghit

Accor

Chanel

Paris 2024

GNI

Total

Pernod Ricard

Société Générale

ALD

Keolis

Roquette Frères

Velux

CR Hansen

Emile Frey

Lactalis

Ajinomoto

Tate and Lyle

Motiva

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully advised the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on the precautionary measures ordered by the French Competition Authority against Google News regarding the implementation of press agency and publisher neighbouring rights.
  • Advised Transat AT on the filing before the European Commission of its merger with Air Canada.
  • Advised several players of the hotel industry, including a regional trade association, before the French Competition Authority following an investigation related to an exchange of information between competitors in La Réunion, French island, through the trade association for more than ten years.

Latham & Watkins

The antitrust and competition law group at Latham & Watkins enjoys an excellent reputation, advising major multinationals involved in state aid investigations, multi-jurisdictional merger control and appearances before the EU Commission, or the competition authority. The team of competition litigation authority Jacques-Philippe Gunther includes Adrien Giraud  and newly promoted partner and cartel and abuse of a dominant position specialist Mathilde Saltiel (March 2021). The group represents clients across the entertainment, biotech, retail, telecoms and tech sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacques-Philippe Gunther

Autres avocats clés:

Mathilde Saltiel; Adrien Giraud

Les références

‘Jacques-Philippe Gunther is a very good strategist and a very fine technician, known and recognised by all. Mathilde Saltiel, who is an excellent technician, knows her files inside out and her advice is always relevant to clients.’

‘Jacque-Philippe Gunther has a particularly fine knowledge of competition law, and competition authorities – in particular the Commission – which allows him to provide innovative solutions that can unlock high-stakes cases.’

‘The team has acquired significant expertise in the field of payments and is very familiar with the competitive environment and the specificities of this complex sector.’

Principaux clients

EssilotLuxottica

APIG

Orange

Worldline

France Télévisions

Ingram Micro

Refresco

Fraikin

Grail

EssilotLuxottica

APIG

Orange

Worldline

France Télévisions

Ingram Micro

Refresco

Fraikin

Grail

Principaux dossiers

  • Obtained global antitrust clearances in seven jurisdictions on behalf of EssilorLuxottica for its acquisition of Hal Optical Investments’s 76.72% interest in GrandVision, a major global optical retail distributor.
  • Successfully represented Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) in a complaint before the French competition authority against Google regarding an abuse of dominance and of economic dependency in relation to its use of snippets and other editors’ protected content.
  • Successfully assisted Orange with its acquisition of TKR in July 2021, with the European Commission conditionally clearing the transaction in Phase 1.

Linklaters

Distinguished by its know-how, its creativity, its agility, and its ability to identify customer issues very quickly,’ the antitrust and foreign investment group at the Paris office of Linklaters assists major multinational clients with a broad span of competition law and regulatory matters. These include state aid, cartels, merger controls, abuses of dominant position, vertical restraints and private damages cases. The heads of the practice are administrative investigations authority Anne Wachsmann; Pierre Zelenko, who specialises in the energy, banking and food and beverages sectors; Thomas Elkins, who operates in automotive, and tech and healthcare expert Charlotte Colin-Dubuisson who made partner in May 2021 and brings experience with proceedings before the French Competition Authority and European Commission. Counsel Nicolas Zacharie provides key support.

Autres avocats clés:

Nicolas Zacharie

Les références

‘Very great expertise and responsiveness.’

‘Thomas Elkins and Anne Wachsmann are experts who know our company and its field of activity very well.’

‘Linklaters is a trusted partner in our competition law topics. We appreciate their availability, the pedagogy they show to explain the legal texts and case law in our sector of activity to us, and above all, their knowledge of the subjects of competition law in our sector of activity.’

‘Thomas Elkins and Anne Wachsmann are exceptional. Both very professional in the antitrust subject and references in the automotive industry. Agility, resilience, speed, daring, frugality, simplicity. No talk, just effective action. A taste for challenge which also honours them.’

‘Pierre Zelenko is a very good practitioner in competition law and offers a solid experience for the benefit of innovative strategies.’

‘Expertise in competition law.’

‘Charlotte Colin is a remarkable leader, project manager and technical lawyer. Pierre Zelenko’s experience and position in the field are unmatched in France.’

Principaux clients

PSA Peugeot Citroën, now Stellantis

GrandVision

Sanofi

Nestlé

Gefco

ENGIE

Energizer

Société Générale

Tarkett LG Electronics

Saint-Gobain

LG Electronics

Elis

Groupe Bel

Suez

Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment

Transdev

ITM Entreprise SA

Idemia, NXP Semi-conductor and Giesecke+Devrient

Ardian

GTT

Axema

Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés

The renowned team at Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés assists major multinationals with a diverse range of regulatory and competition law matters. Merger controls, private enforcement, proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, dawn raids, fines and state aid matters account for the bulk of the caseload. The group is headed by antitrust litigation authority Olivier de Juvigny, Thibault Reymond, who specialises in the pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors, and competition law expert Ning-Ly Seng. Other core sectors include the banking, media and entertainment, retail and security sectors. Associate Thomas Bardusco is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier de Juvigny; Thibault Reymond; Ning-Ly Seng

Autres avocats clés:

Thomas Bardusco

Les références

‘Very nice team that knows perfectly the challenges of the distribution sector and knows how to support its clients on key competition files. Very good practice in competition litigation and supplier litigation as well.’

‘Olivier de Juvigny: excellent professional, strategist in the files, involved, rigorous, perfect. Excellent interpersonal skills. Thibault Reymond: very good technician.’

‘Dynamic and creative team and close to their clients.’

‘Ning-Ly Seng is a remarkable lawyer, extremely involved and attentive to the needs of her client.’

Principaux clients

Casino

Bolloré

VINCI

Vivendi

VEOLIA Environnement

BNP Paribas

Servier

Boehringer Ingelheim

Orpéa

Snetor

Caisse des dépôts

Fiducial

Eutelsat

Lactalis

Lindab

Prunay Group

Camus La Grande Marque

Compagnie des Alpes

Cdiscount

Energizer

Baring Private Equity Asia

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Veolia Environment in its takeover bid over Suez.
  • Represented Servier and its subsidiary Biogaran in ‘a pay for delay’ and abuse of dominant position case, the result of which was that the fine imposed on Servier was substantially reduced.
  • Represented Casino before the General Court, obtaining partial annulment of the European Commission decision authorising dawn raids at its premises.

Vogel & Vogel

Boutique firm Vogel & Vogel remains an authority in the field, advising major multinationals on a broad span of competition, regulation and distribution issues. Such matters include state aid, merger control, cartels, restrictive practices, abuse of dominance, private enforcement and dawn raids. Joseph Vogel, co-founder of the firm alongside Louis Vogel, leads the antitrust group, and specialises in high-profile mergers in TV and media. Juliette Blouet handles antitrust telecoms, while Fernanda De Abreu heads the media division. Laurence Boudailliez and Cécile Assémat manage the supply and distribution side. Julia Coste assists with merger control and acquisition matters in the automotive and retail industries. In addition, the team’s work spans the aerospace and energy sectors.

Les références

‘Very high flexibility and very good knowledge of the telecoms sector, end-to-end support on the subjects, very rigorous in the analyses and adapted recommendations.’

‘Juliette Blouet is available, very invested, extremely competent and pragmatic in tandem with Joseph Vogel, who arbitrates on the most sensitive issues and on strategy.’

‘A team of experts with experience who know how businesses operate and who provide legal insight and position themselves by giving their recommendations.’

‘Vogel & Vogel is a dedicated and focused practice with excellent knowledge in competition law, their focus area.’

‘Joseph Vogel is a brilliant and exceptional lawyer. I admire his analyses and the quality of his argument. He is very far ahead of his colleagues.’

Principaux clients

Audi

Axa

Beaumanoir

Bentley

Birkenstock

BMW

Bouygues Telecom

Breitling

BT

Bugatti

Chevrolet

Christian Dior

Clear Channel

Comite National Olympique

Daimler AG

Engie

Euro Disney

Fiat

Ford

General Motors

Hermes

LG Electronics

L’Oréal

Lamborghini

Mattel

Mercedes Benz France

Pierre Cardin

Porsche

TF1

Toyota

Twitter

Veolia

Vodafone Polynesie

Volkswagen

Yamaha

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised TF1 on the structuring of the partnership and the preparation of the notification.
  • Assisted Beaumanoir Group with the notification and merger control of La Halle high street shops.
  • Assisted Beaumanoir with the acquisition of Carroll International.

Allen & Overy LLP

Representing major global corporates, the team at the Paris office of Allen & Overy LLP advises clients involved in high-profile competition law and distribution cases before public antitrust authorities and the French and EU courts. Headed by multi-jurisdictional merger expert Florence Ninane, the group’s client base spans the consumer good, energy, digital and financial services sectors. The team’s service covers matters regarding abuse of dominance, national and international cartels, private enforcement actions and merger control. Senior associate Roxane Hicheri is a specialist in distribution and consumer law matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Florence Ninane

Autres avocats clés:

Roxane Hicheri

Principaux clients

Agence des Participations de l’Etat

BNP Paribas

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Crédit Mutuel Arkea

Expedia

Google

Pandora

Procter & Gamble

Samsung Electronics France

Scania

Société Générale

TripAdvisor

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Google with an abuse of dominance case before the French Competition Authority (FCA), following complaints launched by news publishers and agencies for the payment of their newly created neighbouring rights.
  • Advising APE on state aid filings with the European Commission in the context of measures implemented in favour of Air France and Renault.
  • Assisted the European Commission in the context of procedural litigation launched before the European Tribunal and in France before the Courts of Paris and Lyon, by major retailers against dawn raids conducted in their premises.

Ashurst LLP

With offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, the team at Ashurst LLP leverages the strength of its global network and the experience of its team to advise major multinationals on a wide range of competition and regulatory issues. Such matters include abuse of dominant position, state aid, cartels and merger control. In addition to assisting clients from regulated industries, for example the energy and transport sectors, as the practice also acts for clients from the sports, entertainment, tobacco, banking and tech sectors. Competition and regulatory expert Christophe Lemaire is the head of the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christophe Lemaire

Les références

‘Ashurst is a leading competition law/state aid firm.’

‘The team is dynamic, responsive and knows how to make itself available for urgent and complex issues.’

‘Christophe Lemaire is a very good practitioner in competition law and in particular has an excellent expertise in state aid for the benefit of the complex issues that arise.’

‘A team of experts, with a perfect knowledge of the energy sector and its challenges. Very high responsiveness, technicality, and commitment in the advice given.’

‘Christophe Lemaire is a key player on these questions: his understanding of the industrial aspect of our subjects is exceptional. He is available and accessible.’

‘Christophe Lemaire is an excellent adviser for dealing with legal issues relating to regulatory law and competition law. His knowledge and experience are extremely valuable.’

Principaux clients

SNCF and various subsidiaries (Ouibus, VSC, Oui.SNCF, Sferis)

ENGIE and various subsidiaries (former GDF Suez)

Storengy

Geomethane

Total

Colgate Palmolive

Schindler

BPI France

IBM

Microport/Sorin

Imperial Tobacco

Bosch and Coup France (subsidiary)

Aqualung

Babcock

Autodesk

Bacardi Martini France

Echosens

Alfalfa

Carbone Savoie

Corsair

Mitsui

Conseil national du notariat européen

Optovue

Areva

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Areva on a major arbitration procedure, working with economists in order to challenge the damages calculation put forward by the claimant.
  • Advises and represents gas storage operators Storengy and Geomethane in relation to the opening of a formal investigation by the European Commission for state aids granted by the French State to the three gas storage operators in France.
  • Advising SNCF and E-Voyageurs in the context of the renegotiation of the commitments made mandatory by Decision No 14-D-11 of 2 October 2014, a governmental measure designed to ensure competition in the passenger transport and train ticket distribution markets.

Baker McKenzie

Drawing on the strength of its global network and the expertise of its professionals, the team at Baker McKenzie assists major blue chip clients at every stage of competition, regulatory, distribution and consumer law actions, from merger notifications and investigations to proceedings before French and EU courts. The group’s expertise includes merger controls, competition compliance, cartel work, abuses of dominant position and dawn raids. Headed by Léna Sersiron, an expert not only in competition, but in inspections and the collection of digital and forensic evidence, the group is supported by distribution network specialist Alex Dowding and Romain Travade who was promoted to counsel in July 2021. The team’s client base includes multinationals from across the IT services, agro business, chemicals and food retail sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Léna Sersiron

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Dowding; Romaine Travade

Les références

‘Léna Sensiron has a lot of experience and provides opinions with great analytical precision.’

‘The team is extremely professional, knowledgeable and has a smooth collaboration. It includes different experts that provide complementary advise depending on the issue at hand.’

Principaux clients

Snacking Services (DAUNAT)

Fédération Nationale de la Production des Semences de Maïs et de Sorgho

Demeco

Laboratoires Servier

Children Worldwide Fashion (CWF) group

CNIEL

LIDL, a German mass retailer

Huissiers de Justice Parisiens

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented 19 Parisian bailiffs’ offices before the French Competition Authority in a case concerning practices relating to the conditions of access to the Bureau de Signification de Paris (BSP).
  • Advised Snacking Services, a major company manufacturing sandwiches, following an investigation conducted by the French Competition Authority (FCA), and have succeeded in obtaining a significant reduction of the fine imposed on Snacking Services.
  • Assists FNPSMS, an interprofessional organisation that includes all operators involved in the production of maize and sorghum seed in France, to remain compliant with the French distribution and competition law.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The experienced competition and antitrust group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton assists major global corporates with a diverse spectrum of issues, including audits and compliance issues, state aid, cartels and abuses of dominant position investigations and proceedings before the EU and French courts. Competition authority expert Frédéric De Bure and Séverine Schrameck, who specialises in multi-jurisdictional transactions, lead the team in the Paris office, with former government economist François-Charles Laprévote and Antoine Winckler as third and fourth practice heads, splitting their time between the Paris and Brussels offices. The group’s client base includes well-known aviation, food and beverages, tech, media, energy and healthcare players.

Les références

‘The team led by François-Charles Laprévote is able to mobilise on major subjects and deliver quality advice on time. In-depth knowledge of the subject and an effective partner in the development of a strategy.’

‘Pragmatism, efficiency, creativity.’

‘Excellent technical and strategic level.’

Principaux clients

My Money Group

MBDA

Kärcher

Ryanair

Elsan

BNP Paribas

Google

Alstom

Veolia Environnement

Canal + Group

Airbus

3DS

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Kärcher in the successful dismissal of the French Competition Authority’s (FCA) retail price maintenance claims against it.
  • Successfully represented Ryanair before the EU General Court in winning its appeals against the European Commission decisions authorising a total of €4.6bn in aid to TAP and KLM – up to €1.2bn for TAP and €3.4bn for KLM, on the grounds of inadequate reasoning.
  • Representated Veolia Environnement in its proposed €12.9bn  acquisition of rival company Suez.

Dechert LLP

Coordinating with offices in Brussels, Frankfurt and the US, the antitrust and competition team at Dechert LLP in Paris employs the bench strength of its global network to advise international corporates on antitrust litigation and a broad spectrum of competition law and regulatory matters. These include private enforcement, merger control, dawn raids,  cartel claims, abuse of dominance cases, and sanctions matters.  Shepherded by experienced regulatory litigator Mélanie Thill-Tayara, the team assists clients from the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial services, tech, and consumer goods sectors. The January 2021 appointment of Laurence Bary as partner and of Marion Provost as national partner, both with years of experience of appearing before the FCA and the European Commission, bolstered the Paris presence.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mélanie Thill-Tayara; Mike Cowie; Steven Bizar

Autres avocats clés:

Marion Provost; Laurence Bary

Les références

‘Melanie Thill-Tayara and Laurence Bary are excellent professionals. They have been showing incredible dedication to our company since the beginning of our collaboration together. They have shown great calm and strength in crisis management, which was very much appreciated.’

‘They have established relationships of trust and are transparent. Icing on the cake: A very nice female team.’

‘Marion Provost is an expert in competition law: she has a perfect understanding of the economic issues for companies and provides a vision and very practical advice for her clients.’

Principaux clients

ArchiMed

ArianeGroup

Cora

Crown Holdings

Deutsche Bahn AG

IBM

Ipsen

Roche

Virbac Santé Animale

Principaux dossiers

  • Represents Roche in a case before the French Competition Authority relating to an alleged abuse of collective dominance with Novartis concerning the ‘off label use’ of Roche’s drug Avastin in the ophtalmic field where Novartis markets blockbuster Lucentis.
  • Represented Cora in two follow-on damages claims against cartelists sanctioned by the French Competition Authority as claimants in the fresh dairy products sector and the homecare and personal care sectors.
  • Advised Virbac SA, a French pharmaceutical group dedicated to animal health, in connection with the purchase of assets from Elanco Animal Health Inc following the approval, subject to remedies, of the Elanco/Bayer Animal Health deal by the European Commission.

Grall & Associés

Grall & Associés is an independent firm focusing on competition, distribution, consumer law and IP. The group's spectrum of expertise covers dawn raids, state aids, restrictive practices, abuse of dominance, high stakes consumer law protection litigation and appearances before the FCA and the European Commission. The team is headed by merger control expert Charles-Henri Calla, co-founder and competition law authority Jean-Christophe Grall, and Thomas Lamy, who is a member of the steering committee for the European association Antitrust Alliance. The group's client portfolio spans the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, food, telecoms and energy sectors.

Les références

‘A firm focused on European law, always prepared to think a little more to find solutions.’

‘In-depth and pragmatic assistance on competition notification aspects in merger operations. Niche firm specialising in this sector.’

‘Beyond the technical aspect, Charles-Henri Calla perfectly understands the practical issues of clients.’

‘They are sharp and flexible listeners who do not fear challenging your convictions and they also show great understanding and a rare capability to integrate our reasoning and constraints.’

‘Charles-Henri Calla specifically excels with his tireless devotion to the client, fantastic analytical and drafting skills and outstanding capacity to communicate efficiently with the top management, commercial partners and other stakeholders without leaving important details behind.’

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The antitrust, competition and economic regulation team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP leverages the strength of its global network (offices in the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa) to advise multinational corporates on issues across the practice area. Such matters include merger control, tender procedures, formal investigations, dawn raids, damages claims, and representation in proceedings before the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the French Competition Authority. Led by antitrust expert Eric Paroche, the team includes experienced senior associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Paroche

Autres avocats clés:

Céline Verney; Victor Levy

Les références

‘The Hogan Lovells competition team is particularly reliable and serious, with great rigour in handling cases.’

‘Eric Paroche is very involved in the files and provides a good operational knowledge of the sectors concerned.’

‘The professionalism and knowledge in European law, competition and distribution of the Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP teams are undeniable.’

‘The Hogan Lovells competition team is very professional and has significant experience in competition law. Eric Paroche and his team cover all areas of competition law (antitrust, mergers, state aid and litigation) with, in particular, extensive experience in antitrust and state aid. All lawyers are very responsive and very pragmatic. Eric Paroche and his associates have a great capacity of processing files and identifying concrete and adapted solutions. Eric and his team are part of a very comprehensive European network of competition lawyers throughout Europe and the United States which is very useful.’

Principaux clients

Veolia

CNP Assurances

Safilo

DP World

Henkel

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

TowerBrook

Veolia/Dalkia Joint Venture

Andera Partners

Chequers Capital

Apax Partners

Argos Wityu

Hivest Capital Partners

Antilles Glaces

Jones Day

The competition team at Jones Day specialises in advising major clients in regulated industries on the full range of EU and competition law matters. These include EU Commission investigations, state aid, merger controls, anti-competitive agreements and damages actions. Led by competition law authority and former Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Court of the European Union (2003-2007) Eric Barbier de la Serre, the team represents key market players across the pharmaceutical, telecoms, energy, fashion, sports and manufacturing sectors. Energy regulatory issues specialist Charlotte Breuvart and experienced counsel Eileen Lagathu are the other key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Barbier de la Serre

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Breuvart; Eileen Lagathu

Les références

‘Eric Barbier de La Serre stands out. He is an excellent lawyer who manages client’s expectations and delivers top quality work. He is respectful and professional in all circumstances and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I am particularly impressed by Eric Barbier de la Serre. He is one of the strongest competition lawyers around. Since his days as Head of Cabinet for the President of the General Court, he has managed to maintain an extremely strong knowledge of EU competition law case law. His annual review of competition law fines and case law in that regard is particularly useful.’

‘A very proficient team with truly impressive in-depth knowledge of EU competition law.’

‘Eric Barbier de la Serre combines great technicality with great interpersonal skills. He adapts to all audiences and knows how to convey the right messages in simple terms.’

Principaux clients

EDF

DHL / Deutsche Post

Suez

Renault

Pisto

RATP

Ligue Nationale de Rugby

Teréga

Fluxys

Enedis

Orange

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

Sanofi

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting on behalf of IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and obtained the annulment – for the second time – of a European Commission decision finding that IFPEN had received illegal state aid linked to its public legal status.
  • Advised Suez on the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
  • Assisted Sanofi with a number of transactions, including (i) the sale of an integrated portfolio of dental care brands and related medical devices to Septodont; (ii) the sale of 16 consumer healthcare products commercialised in Europe to Stada Arzneimittel; (iii) the sale of an integrated portfolio of anti-inflammatory drugs to Fidia Farmaceutici; and (iv) the sale of two portfolio of pharmaceuticals products for the treatment of heart disease to the German company Cheplafram Arzneimittel.

Orrick Rambaud Martel

The competition and EU law team at Orrick Rambaud Martel specialises in merger controls, damages claims, anti-competitive practices, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and state aid matters. French and EU competition law authority Patrick Hubert leads the team which includes Marie-Laure Combet who handles cartel investigations and compliance programme implementation. Support is provided to the group by abuse of dominance specialist Malik Idri who made partner in February 2022. The team’s sector expertise spans the telecoms, life sciences, engineering, energy, banking and aviation sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Hubert

Autres avocats clés:

Marie-Laure Combet; Malik Idri

Les références

‘The team at Orrick stands out for its determination to help clients with the most complex legal matters – they have a reputation for being relentless in their approach to find solutions to problems faced by their clients, and they are extremely comprehensive and thorough as well as exceptionally client-focused.

‘Marie-Laure Combet is a stand-out individual in Orrick’s Paris office, with an outstanding reputation for state aid in France, where she has advised clients on a large number of landmark cases. She has an outstanding reputation for her in-depth expertise on state aid matters in the financial services, transport and energy sectors, in particular. Marie-Laure is also exceptionally client-focused and driven. Together with her team, she always goes the extra mile to support her clients in the best way possible, and she is relentless in helping her clients overcome the legal challenges. She is really a stand-out name for state aid matters in the French market.’

Principaux clients

Axa Reim France

iQera

EDF

Goldman Sachs

Naturex

Randstad

Royal Mail Group Ltd

SFR

Syma

Biogaran (Servier Group)

Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Saint-Gobain Isover in an investigation by the French Competition Authority regarding an allegation of anticompetitive practices, resulting in the complete dismissal of the case with all charges against Saint-Gobain Isover being rejected as baseless.
  • Representing SFR in in an approximately €3bn damages claim against Orange for anticompetitive practice, securing a first-of-its-kind decision in a pre-judgment by the Paris Commercial Court which set up novel access to an evidence system enabling parties to obtain access to evidence and yet ensure protection of sensitive information.
  • Representing Chantiers de l’Atlantique in relation to the merger control review of its contemplated takeover by Fincantieri.

Cabinet Renaudier

Competition and distribution boutique Cabinet Renaudier advises national and international retailers, suppliers, investment funds, and corporates in the agricultural, automotive, energy, waste management, biotech and health sectors. Led by founder Richard Renaudier, who specialises in joint purchasing agreements, Karine Turbeaux, Muriel Perrier, Marianne Le Moullec and Violaine Ayrole the group assists clients with a diverse range of regulatory and competition matters, including abuse of a dominant position, cartel investigations, merger controls, anti-competitive practices and appearances before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission.

Les références

‘All the partners and associates of Cabinet Renaudier are accessible, attentive, responsive, pragmatic and very easygoing, which for me translates into a fruitful and cordial collaboration.’

‘Working meetings with Richard Renaudier always make it possible to define a clear strategy in each case. The technical and human qualities of Richard Renaudier are exceptional. Violaine Ayrole is also very talented.’

‘Versatile team, with cutting-edge skills. As a client, we know all the members of the team and always have a contact person to answer or assist us on our files in real time. The team is dedicated to its clients.’

‘The issues are immediately understood and taken into account for the implementation of operational solutions perfectly suited to needs, or even exceeding them. Richard Renaudier’s creativity and great cutting-edge expertise allows us to be one step ahead of our competitors. The availability and competence of Muriel Perrier are also noted. High rate of gain in litigation cases thanks to the fighting spirit of Violaine Ayrole and Richard Renaudier.’

‘A tightly-knit independent team with great experience in merger control, across a wide range of business sectors. Detailed knowledge of decision-making practices at French and European level. The partners are very involved in the investigation of the case.’

‘Richard Renaudier: a very experienced practitioner, with field experience in a large number of business sectors, which gives him a fine understanding of the issues in each profession, and the possible presentations of complex cases to the authorities. Leadership. A real dedication to its clients. Karine Turbeaux: excellent knowledge of the decision-making practices of the authorities, ability to quickly deliver quality files.’

Principaux clients

OPT-NC

Alain Afflelou

OCDP group (New Caledonia)

Oxyane

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Coopérative U Enseigne

Kingfisher / Brico Dépôt / Castorama

Derichebourg

La Croissanterie

TP Vision

But

Noriap

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Posts and Telecommunications Office of New Caledonia (OPT-NC) in proceedings before the New Caledonian Competition Authority, Paris Court of Appeal and now the French Supreme Court, initiated by a new competitor which is challenging the legal monopoly of OPT-NC and alleging abuse of a dominant position (including the interim measures request from the complaining party).
  • Advised Dauphinoise and Terre d’Alliances on the merger control at the French Competition Authority of the merger of these two agricultural cooperatives, including the negotiation, of commitments to obtain the clearance of the Autority in phase I, and then the follow-up and implementation of these commitments.
  • Advising Derichebourg in its planned acquisition of its main competitor, Ecore Group. The notification under merger control before the European Commission is on-going.

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

The team at Paris boutique firm Viguié Schmidt & Associés utilises a multidisciplinary approach to advising national and international corporates on a comprehensive range of competition law and regulatory matters. Such matters include private damages claims, dawn raids, cartel investigations, vertical restraint, merger controls, abuse of dominance, distribution litigation and sanctions by and appearances before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission. The group’s client base spans the energy, telecoms, automotive, banking and pharmaceuticals sectors. The team is led by veteran litigator Iñaki Saint-Esteben and merger clearance expert Virginie Viallard.

Responsables de la pratique:

Iñaki Saint-Esteben; Virginie Viallard

Les références

‘I work with Virginie Viallard who is always very responsive and available and is systematically involved in all the files that I entrust to her, whatever their scope. The direct and constant involvement of the partner in all cases is a real plus.’

‘Virginie Viallard has a perfect command of her subjects, in particular the control of concentrations. Working with her is fluid and efficient.’

‘Very good firm in competition law, I particularly appreciate the risk analysis and the ability to acquire operational knowledge of the trade.’

Principaux clients

Epsys

Mirova/Natixis

Valade

Faurecia/Parrot

Bandai Namco

Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France

Domino’s Pizza France

Vinci Construction

Vinci Energies

Le Figaro

Galerie Lafayette

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Valade in the context of the investigation led by the FCA regarding an alleged anticompetitive agreement between producers of processed fruits packaged in cups and pouches and of the appeal against the FCA’s decision.
  • Advising beverage suppliers Brasserie du Pacifique and Société de distribution de Polynésie before the Paris Court of Appeal, further to a decision rendered on 22 august 2019 by the Polynesian Competition Authority, followed by an application for referral on grounds of legitimate suspicion lodged by the Wane group.
  • Advising JJSBF regarding a private damage claim filed by Carrefour against this company following a decision rendered by the FCA with respect to the home and personal care products industry. On 14 April 2021, the Paris Court of appeal fully dismissed Carrefour’s damage claim (which amounted to more than EURO 10m).

White & Case LLP

With offices spanning the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA, the competition, EU law and economic regulation group at law firm White & Case LLP  employs the strength of its global network and the experience of its team to provide comprehensive solutions for major national and international corporates. Matters include investigations, parallel civil proceedings, state aid, licensing and distribution agreements, multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint ventures, merger controls, and abuse of dominance and cartel cases. Representing clients across the transportation & infrastructure, food and beverages, tech, and energy and natural resources industries, the group’s portfolio includes an impressive list of household names. Led by competition law authority Yann Utzschneider, the group also includes merger control expert Jérémie Marthan, who made partner in January 2021, and counsels and anti-competitive practice specialists Estelle Jégou and Mickaël Rivollier.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yann Utzschneider

Les références

‘Deep knowledge of distribution and commercial law matters in general.’

‘The White & Case competition practice provides excellent service across the whole spectrum of competition/antitrust law, making this practice truly unique on the market. It is one of the market’s go-to firms in Paris when it comes to handling complex antitrust issues or merger control cases. What makes the practice stand out is its sound knowledge of competition law, its in-depth industry experience and its strong relationship with competition authorities and regulators. The White & Case competition practice also promotes an inclusive culture within their team and beyond.’

‘Jérémie Marthan stands out among partners for his in-depth expertise, professionalism and great competence in terms of both legal analysis and knowledge of the banking sector.’

Principaux clients

Casino

RTL Group

BPCE

Aema Groupe

Crédit Agricole

Dyson

Nestlé / Nespresso

Federation Bancaire Française

BSH Electroménager

Vindemia

ATOL

Air Austral

Facebook

Free Mobile

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting RTL Group, Europe’s largest broadcaster, with the merger control process before the French Competition Authority of the merger between Groupe TF1 – the French leading TV player- and Groupe M6 (controlled by RTL Group) – its next competitor.
  • Advising Intermarché in a dispute recently initiated by the French Minister of Economy before the Paris Commercial Court arisen from allegations that the companies concerned by the writ of summons (ITM Entreprises, ITM Alimentaire International together with its Belgian subsidiary and the retail alliance AgeCore) had engaged in practices consisting in obtaining advantages from international suppliers without counterpart or manifestly disproportionate.
  • Representing Inca-a, the joint purchasing venture between Casino and Intermarché, before the General Court of the European Union, obtaining a partial annulment of the inspection decision in a judgment of October 5, 2020 and obtaining appeal.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Drawing on the firm’s international presence, the EU antitrust and competition law team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acts for major multinational corporates operating in the telecoms, luxury goods, automotive, transport, retail and defence sectors. The group assists with a diverse range of matters, from state aid issues, cartels and abuse of dominance, to vertical and horizontal cooperation agreements, distribution law issues and merger control cases. Faustine Viala leads the team, bringing over fifteen years of experience in European and French competition law, and is backed in Paris and Brussels by associate and merger control specialist David Kupka.

Responsables de la pratique:

Faustine Viala

Autres avocats clés:

David Kupka

Les références

‘Faustine Viala is excellent in her field and has a strong team. Top responsiveness.’

‘Nice practice between Paris and Brussels. Availability and technicality.’

‘The team works very closely with its clients, being very attentive to their objectives while driving them securely through proceedings in a very professional manner.’

‘Faustine Viala is very dynamic, technically skilled, with a genuine care for her clients. She helps her clients navigate competition issues in a very effective manner, leaving them different options while being in command of what each option would imply and firmly committed to defend their interests. She has very good interpersonal skills and fares well before competition agencies as she is very professional. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The Willkie Farr & Gallagher antitrust team has a great capacity for work and advice, and is extremely responsive on all matters surrounding it.’

‘Faustine Viala has a great understanding of the market and has the technical qualities to achieve the common goal set between her and her client. Highly responsive, Faustine Viala facilitates the transactions on which she works.’

Principaux clients

KKR

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Ethypharm

Air France

TOTAL

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Ardian

Bel Group

Bpifrance

CMA CGM

Elior Group

Arkema

Casino

PAI Partners

Kuehne + Nagel

Lagardère Group

Latour Capital

Materne

Insight Partners

IK Investment Partners

Naval Group

Dalkia

Webhelp

Oaktree Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

Cérélia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Ardian on the in-depth investigation of the French Competition Authority (FCA) regarding the acquisition of sole control by Ardian over Société du Pipeline Rhône-Méditerranée (SPMR).
  • Advised Air France on securing multi-billion state aid packages from the French government, in successive steps, in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Advised CDC on the acquisition of a controlling stake (alongside EDF) in Orange Concessions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orange that operates Public Initiative fiber Networks (PINs).

ADVANT Altana

The team at independent Paris firm ADVANT Altana advises major multinational groups and their subsidiaries on a broad spectrum of competition, EU law, distribution and litigation matters. The caseload features merger controls, cooperative agreements, vertical and horizontal cartels, state aid matters, matters regarding abuse of dominant position, distribution channels, private enforcement and proceedings before the EC and the FCA. The team’s sector expertise includes the retail, energy, pharmaceuticals, IT, insurance and consumer goods sectors. The group is led by Frédéric Manin, who represented Air France in extensive cartel proceedings against oil companies, and energy and IT expert Marie Hindré. Counsel and merger control specialist Lucie Giret is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frédéric Manin; Marie Hindré

Autres avocats clés:

Lucie Giret

Les références

‘Altana teams listen to client needs, respond pragmatically and adapt to their contacts.’

‘Altana is a firm on a human scale. The client has one or two key interlocutors which allows a real fluidity in the exchanges unlike other firms which multiply the interlocutors on a file thus losing time to the client.’

‘Marie Hindré has a strong expertise, she listens to client expectations, knows how to offer innovative solutions which differ from some other lawyers who are sometimes too cautious or too little business-oriented.’

Principaux clients

AG2R la mondiale

Aldi

Artelia

Blizzard Entertainment

Covea

Crosscall

CSRP

Daikin

Ducati

Eurapharma

Groupama

Guo Pei

Macif – Aesio

Matmut

Renault

Samsung

Sopra Steria

UGI Corporation/Antargaz Finagaz

Vinci Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the German food distributor Aldi on the €735m acquisition of 545 Leader Price stores in France from Casino, as well as three warehouses.
  • Worked for Macif – Aésio almost 18 months on all antitrust and merger control aspects of the transaction which has led to the creation of a new French insurance group.
  • Acted for Sopra in its various recent key transactions, such its acquisition of 70% of SAB, a software publisher, who was Sopra’s main direct competitor in France.

AyacheSalama

The competition, distribution and commercial contracts team at AyacheSalama acts for domestic and international corporates and investment firms on a broad spectrum of antitrust and regulatory matters. These include merger controls, cartels, abuse of a dominant position and proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission. Headed by antitrust expert Frédéric Fuchs , the team’s portfolio features FCDE (Fonds de Consolidation et de Développement des Entreprises) and Towerbrook Capital Partners, and spans the medical devices, IT and legal services industries. Counsel Sébastien Dominguez left the firm in July 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frédéric Fuchs

Les références

‘Ayache has a team of truly outstanding competition lawyers, including first and foremost Frédéric Fuchs, a seasoned lawyer with ample experience in all areas of competition law. They have reasonable hourly rates and are very reliable in terms of deliverables/deadlines and sticking to the pre-arranged budgets. We have never been disappointed.’

‘Frédéric Fuchs is a very good technician, he shows great availability and adaptation to the circumstances of the case.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and friendly.’

Principaux clients

FCDE (Fonds de Consolidation et de Développement des Entreprises)

Towerbrook Capital Partners

FFAP (Fédération Française des Agences de Presse)

TDF

Groupe La Dépêche du Midi (GLDM)

Groupe All

Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE)

Laiterie Saint-Denis de l’Hôtel (LSDH)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised FFAP (i) on the negotiations with Google following the decision of the French Competition Authority dated 9 April 2020 (re. “related rights”) and (ii) as a witness before the French Competition Authority in the course of the proceedings that gave rise to the decision dated 13 July 2021 that fined Google €500m.
  • Advised Towerbook Capital Partners for the notification to the French Competition Authority of its acquisition of the Uperio group, active in the leasing and sale of cranes. The Authority cleared the operation by a decision dated 2 July 2021. We also coordinated the notification of this operation in Germany with SZA Schilling, Zutt and Anschütz.
  • Advised Towerbook Capital Partners on the notification to the French Competition Authority of its acquisition of the Talan group, active in the IT services, securing clearing of the operation by a decision dated 16 September 2020.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Led by ‘very pragmatic and expert lawyers‘, the dedicated practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP advises French companies and multinationals on a comprehensive range of French and European competition and distribution law issues. These include risk prevention and management, supply and distribution arrangements, abuse of dominance, state aid, merger control and anti-competitive or restrictive practices. The team is headed by Julie Catala Marty,  an expert in merger control proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission. The team’s client base spans the banking, media and telecoms, real estate, luxury goods, transport and construction sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julie Catala Marty

Les références

‘Julie Catala Marty is a great professional, precise and gives sound advice. She understands the problems of her clients and knows how to adapt.’

‘Very high-quality team, very homogeneous and complementary, each with the skills to deal with the most complex files within extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Julie Catala Marty has an encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law and a remarkable spirit of synthesis. She always manages to identify the key points of a case very quickly and to find the most effective angle from which to deal with them. Julie Catala Marty and her teams always manage to deliver very high quality work in record time.’

‘High availability and high responsiveness.’

‘Julie Catala Marty and her team have a perfect knowledge of European law, competition and distribution and a great experience of major sensitive files. They offer, with great availability, solutions adapted to the needs of their clients.’

‘Julie Catala Marty’s team is very dynamic, responsive and demonstrates great competence in its sector. Listening to its clients, it knows how to offer solutions adapted to their expectations. The team is as competent as it is friendly!’

CMS

Based in Paris and Lyon, the team at CMS builds personalised solutions to advise French and multinational companies on a diverse spectrum of EU, competition law and distribution issues. In Paris, Claire Vannini specialises in state aid matters, with a focus on the energy sector. Nathalie Pétrignet advises on distribution strategies as well as on restrictive practices and commercial negotiations. The Lyon-based Olivier Leroy brings experience in representing clients before the Competition Authorities and courts. The team also represents corporates from the leisure, beauty, transport, consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Denis Redon

Les références

‘Understanding of operational issues. Great adaptability. Ability to work in a team with economists, lobbyists, etc. Great availability of the partner when there’s an emergency.’

‘Claire Vannini is not only excellent, but knows how to work in a team with third party providers, all in the service of her clients. Beyond her strong expertise in state aid, she knows how to advise us on concentrations and anti-competitive practices.’

‘We work in particular with Claire Vannini who has been able to build a team addressing all of the issues relating to our file. We particularly appreciate the availability and responsiveness of Claire Vannini and the team.’

Principaux clients

DEME Group

Corsica Linea

Railcoop

ADEME

EBRO/ RM

L’Oréal

Scott

But & Conforama

Nadia Signalisation

Bolton Solitaire

OGF

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation, the French Region “Occitanie/Pyrénées-méditerranée ”and Nou Vela (an investment vehicle owned by a consortium of companies composed of Deme, EPICo, EPICo CIP, Euroports Group BV, Air France and the French commercial chamber of the department of Aude) on obtaining merger clearance from the EU Commission for the creation of a joint venture.
  • Represented Bolton Solitaire, which has been brought before the Paris Commercial Court by a major retailer asking for substantial damages, along with other major companies active in the home and personal care products.
  • Advised Roland Monterrat following its acquisition of a company active in the agri-food sector in France.

DLA Piper

The litigation and regulatory team at the Paris office of DLA Piper provides clients with strategies for a wide array of EU competition law and distribution matters. Headed by Edouard Sarrazin, who specialises in contentious competition proceedings expert, the group's comprehensive range of expertise covers cartels, dawn raids, investigations, unilateral practices, anti-competitive agreements,  as well as specialised advice for advising industrial and private equity clients on merger control matters. In addition, the firm announced the launch of Aiscension in March 2021, an AI-based service designed to detect cartels and cartel risk for clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Edouard Sarrazin

Les références

‘A team very attentive to specific needs. Pragmatic and efficient. Very efficient and precise management of sensitive aspects of the case.’

‘Edouard Sarrazin is very attentive to special needs. He has a very good network within the competition authorities which gives him very good analytical skills. Very high availability.’

Edouard Sarrazin is very involved in the matters, makes himself available and is very pragmatic in his approach of the issues presented to him. He knows how to adapt to his audience in order to perfectly respond to his clients’ expectations. Céline Espesson is a valuable member of the team because of her rigour, her knowledge of our business and her ability to build relationships. Her file management and always pertinent advice are very much appreciated.

The team stands out through its responsiveness and professional attitude. They know how to be flexible in tense periods and how to intelligently and quickly adapt to new demands. We have got a very strong relationship of trust with the firm which gets stronger with each new file.

Principaux clients

Doctolib

Guerbet

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Cube

Criteo

Ecolab

Faurecia

Groupe Louis Wane

Michelin

Etex

The Carlyle Group

Société Générale

Medtronic

Rolls Royce

Sodexo

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Criteo regarding its complaint against Facebook in front of the FCA for anticompetitive practices in the online advertising sector.
  • Advising Doctolib in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation related to possible concerns of abuse of dominant position.
  • Advising Cube Infrastructure Managers and Partners Group in relation to the merger control aspects of the sale of Covage (owned 50/50) to Altice.

Fréget Glaser & Associés

The team at competition law boutique Fréget Glaser & Associés offers a comprehensive range of expertise to national and multinational corporates, particularly in the TMT, energy and life sciences sectors. Matters range from anti-competitive regulations and abuse of dominance and cartels, to merger controls, breach of antitrust commitments, and appearances before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority. The group is led by Olivier Fréget and Liliana Eskenazi, who both recently advised Google on a major ad tech case where the competition authority issued the tech giant a settlement decision combined with extensive commitments. Associates Antoine Labaeye and Elsa Thauvin provide key support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier Fréget; Liliana Eskenazi

Autres avocats clés:

Antoine Labaeye; Elsa Thauvin

Principaux clients

TotalEnergies

Iliad

Bayer

Audiens

Google

PMU

Johnson & Johnson

Groupe Canal Plus

Leem

Novartis

Francaise de l’énergie

NRJ

Transatlantis II Fund

Groupe Renault

Octoplus

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Novartis in its appeal against the French Competition Authority’s decision in the Lucentis/Avastin case, imposing a total of €444m fine on Novartis and Roche/Genentech for abuse of collective dominant position.
  • Represented Google in the ad tech sector where the French Competition Authority issued a settlement decision combining a reduced fine (€220m) and extensive commitments offered by Google in the online advertising.
  • Representing racehorse betting company Pari mutuel urbain (PMU) before the Paris Court of appeal in its challenge against the €0.9m fine imposed by the French competition authority for breaching a 2014 commitment to separate online and offline bets.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The competition, regulation and trade team at the Paris office of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP frequently joins forces with the firm’s corporate team to assist major multinationals and financial institutions with compliance issues surrounding high-value mergers and acquisitions. The group advises on merger controls, abuses of a dominant position, cartels, state aid and distribution and competition agreements. Led by Sergio Sorinas, who appears for groups before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, the team’s portfolio spans the telecoms, digital services, automotive, transport and retail sectors. Experienced of counsel Marie Louvet is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sergio Sorinas

Autres avocats clés:

Marie Louvet

Les références

‘Sergio Sorinas is an excellent lawyer in competition law, with a very pragmatic, very operational approach, and great availability. It is a real pleasure to work with Sergio, and a great value.’

‘The Herbert Smith Freehills Paris competition team is very competent, available and responsive. Tracking fee budgets is better than in comparable firms I have had the opportunity to work with.’

‘Sergio Sorinas and Marie Louvet have a pragmatic and results-oriented approach.’

‘Quick understanding and relevant analysis of the market. Rigour and availability.’

Principaux clients

Altran Technologies

Cellnex Telecom

Groupe Up (ex “Chèque Déjeuner”)

Crédit Mutuel

HSBC

BNP Paribas

DKEP

Renault

CFAO Group

Capgemini

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Cellnex Telecom on the acquisition of French tower company Hivory from Altice France and Starlight Holdco (KKR) through an initial investment of €5.2bn, accompanied by an additional investment of €0.9bn over the next years, up until 2029.
  • Advised Renault on the setting-up of a joint-venture (Hyvia) with Plug Power for the manufacturing and distribution of hydrogen-fuelled light commercial vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe.
  • Assisting Groupe Up (ex. Chèque Déjeuner) with the appeal against the French Competition Authority decision of 17 December 2019 fining up to €45m for alleged anti-competitive practices in the market for meal vouchers.

Jeantet

Jeantet coordinates with partner networks in Budapest, Casablanca, Geneva, Kiev and Moscow to advise major multinational clients and offer services to address a broad spectrum of matters. These include merger control, state aid, anticompetitive practices, dawn raids, competition inquiries, cartels, freedom of movement and establishment and abuse of dominant position. Experienced antitrust litigator Florent Prunet is a key contact. Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié and Thomas Picot left the firm in spring 2022.

Autres avocats clés:

Florent Prunet

Les références

‘A strong ability to adapt to situations that are all original.’

‘The Jeantet cabinet was very responsive and quick on a complex and urgent subject.’

‘Skill. Reliability.’

Principaux clients

Lactalis

Eni Gas & Power

Mayer Brown

The Mayer Brown antitrust and competition team assists with a wide range of matters, including merger control filings before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and distribution law matters. In addition, the group assists with cartel cases in the retail, construction, industrial and transport sectors. Regulated sectors, namely the energy, insurance, financial services, utilities sectors, are other core areas of work. Practice head Natalie Jalabert-Doury specialises in dawn raids and cartel investigation training. Counsel Jean-Maxime Blutel is experienced in merger control cases and made partner in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Natalie Jalabert-Doury

Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Maxime Blutel

Les références

‘The team is very professional, competent and attentive to its clients.’

‘Nathalie Jalabert-Doury heads the competition law department and is excellent in her analysis and recommendations which are not only very technical and up to date with current events, but also very adapted to the operational constraints of a company.’

‘Beyond the technical competence of files, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury has the ability to be a real support for the management of a very complex file with a multitude of stakeholders with different visions and interests.’

‘Available, qualified team, which makes itself available to the company to understand its specific problems and propose solutions.’

Principaux clients

AGPM

Coyote System

ENEDIS

European Federation of Retail Perfumers

Eurovia (Vinci)

Geopost (La Poste)

Intermarché / Les Mousquetaires

La Française des Jeux

Mediawan

Neftys Pharma

Société Générale

Techneau

Veolia

Principaux dossiers

  • Achieved for Intermarché / Les Mousquetaires a partial annulment of the European Commission’s decisions in relation to demands for information into a buying alliance and antitrust raids carried out by the Commission in 2017 and 2019.
  • Assisting Veolia Environnement with the merger control aspects of a major transaction which will result in the creation of a French-based global champion in the water, waste and energy management solutions sector.
  • Assisted Mediawan with the antitrust and merger control aspects of the acquisition of the media branch of the Lagardère Group (Lagardère Studios) which, with its 25 production labels and strong brands, is a key independent TV content producer in Europe and Africa.

Racine

The experienced team at independent firm Racine acts for major international corporate clients on a diverse spread of competition and distribution issues. These include state aid, merge control, abuse of dominant position, anticompetitive agreements, and proceedings before the French Competition Authority and European Commission, as well as before the European Court of Justice. Antitrust expert Valérie Ledoux, who created the team in 2019, and Bastien Thomas, who specialises in the energy, mobility, agri-food, mobility, automotive and media sectors, direct the practice. Distribution partnership specialist Sophie Pasquesoone was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Valérie Ledoux; Bastien Thomas

Autres avocats clés:

Sophie Pasquesoone

Les références

‘Bastien Thomas is efficient, available, demonstrating a very good knowledge of the challenges of merger control subjects, such as state aid subjects. Valuable assistance to reassure the client in the context of complex cases.’

‘Excellent team.They provide clear guidance and set clear objectives which foreign firms are expected to meet in the interest of the client.’

‘Valérie Ledoux is recognised by her peers which facilitates work with other firms. Great responsiveness.’

‘Racine has a very well-organised competition law team with excellent and clever lawyers. They are able to handle international cases with ease.’

‘Responsive and available lawyers. Good listening quality. Good consideration of operational and legal remarks.’

‘Bastien Thomas has done a remarkable job worthy of the biggest international firms (and at a lower cost). Great imagination and responsiveness.’

Principaux clients

Autovista

Adecco

Adeo Group

AG2R la mondiale

Brand Masters

Caisse des Depots et Consignations

Coach Services

Franprix

GTT/Elogen (formerly Arevah2gen)

Knauf

L’Oréal Group

Maïsadour

Mediawan

Metrobus

M Motors Automobiles France (Mitsubishi)

Nexity

Office Depot

Parrot Faurecia Automotive

Perle Du Nord

Quadient (Neopost)

RATP

Reed

Richemont

Shell

Suez

Symbio

Tereos

Totalenergies

Winterbotham Darby

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Suez on the divestment of its subsidiary Suez RV Osis to Veolia.
  • Advising a leading energy company on the State aid notification to the European Commission of two environmental and energy projects in France and in the Netherlands as part of the IPCEI on hydrogen.
  • Advising Reed Expositions France on its litigation against the FIN.

Wilhelm & Associés

Boutique Wilhelm & Associés advises major international corporates across a wide spectrum of EU,  competition and distribution matters. The team is headed by managing partner and founder Pascal Wilhelm, who specialises in matters involving restrictive practices of competition and distribution networks, merger control, and anti-competitive practices. The group's client portfolio contains key market players from the media and entertainment, retail and transport sectors. Emilie Dumur specialises in judicial proceedings and made partner in July 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pascal Wilhelm

Autres avocats clés:

Emilie Dumur

Les références

‘Very good responsiveness, the team is complete with a large field of skills and expertise.’

‘Close and available team.’

‘Strong skills in both competition and distribution and unfair commercial practices, unmatched to my knowledge of the French market.’

Principaux clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, WM Holding, BUT (Mobilux)

Banijay Group

Vivendi

Groupe Canal +

Canal + International

Chaussea

FNAC Darty

Carrefour

Betclic

Amadeus

General Import

Nuxe

Douglas – Nocibe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising BUT (Mobilux Group) on the acquisition of Conforama France before the French Competition Authority.
  • Advising Banijay Group before the European Commission in the context of the acquisition by Banijay Group of sole control of Endemol Shine Groupe.
  • Assisting and defending Groupe Canal + with its action brought before the EU Court of Justice against the EU Commission’s cross-border access to pay-TV decision relating to absolute territorial protection granted by cinema studios to pay-TV operators.

Aramis

Based in Paris and Brussels, the team at Aramis advises multinational household names on a wide range of competition and distribution law matters. These include customs law, merger filings, abuse of dominance, cartel cases, regulatory sanctions, state aid and appearances before FCA, Paris Court of Appeal and the French Super Court. Led by founding partner and antitrust expert Aurélien Condomines, the group’s client base spans the retail, banking, transportation, hospitality and agri-food sectors. Associate Pierre Galmiche is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Aurélien Condomines

Autres avocats clés:

Pierre Galmiche

Les références

‘Aramis are a highly experienced and well established firm filled with talented lawyers who always put their clients first. They have real strength in depth in dealing with complicated EU and competition law issues.’

‘Aurélien Condomines is a complete superstar in the EU/competition field. Highly experienced and deep thinker. Aurélien is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Principaux clients

Grohe

XPO Logistics

Natixis

Hermes

Firmenich

Cromology

Primonial

Keolis

Henry Schein

Carrefour

Système U

InVivo

Hasbro

Fayat

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting InVivo, a French union of cooperatives, with the merger filing to the European Commission of their acquisition of Soufflet, a major actor of the agricultural and agri-food industries.
  • Acted for Carrefour in litigation against the French Ministry for the Economy concerning a fine imposed because of not complying with French distribution rules.
  • Advised Natixis in the context of the appeals of a French competition authority decision before the Paris Court of appeals.

Borrel d’Arche

The team at competition, distribution and commercial boutique Borrel d’Arche specialises in advising local and international corporates across the automotive, insurance, aerospace and food sectors, on a diverse range of issues. Matters include restrictive trade practices and investigations by the French Competition Authority and European Commission involving abuses of dominance, anticompetitive agreement, franchise networks, distribution and contract negotiations and arbitration. The group is headed by founder Laurence Borrel-Prat and Quitterie d’Arche, who was promoted to managing partner in 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Laurence Borrel-Prat; Quitterie d’Arche

Les références

‘A high-tech, boutique-sized cabinet. A very strong involvement of the members on the files. Very high legal rigour and a clearly high-end positioning. The reputation of the firm is only growing.’

‘Laurence Borrel-Prat is a very dynamic partner who goes to the essentials.’

‘Borrel is a niche competition law firm. It is the haute couture of the law. The exclusively female team takes the time to understand the issues and expectations of customers. The client really feels supported at all stages of the file.’

‘An excellent team of lawyers specialising in competition law. Laurence Borrel-Prat is a very committed and human personality who listens to the needs of clients. A real force of proposal and personalised advice to deal with complex cases.’

FIDAL

Representing major multinationals across the renewable energy, sports, transport, chemical, and food and beverages sectors, the team at FIDAL assists with a wide array of competition and distribution law matters. These include cartels, abuse of dominant position, merger filings, private enforcement cases, distribution networks, as well as the development of programmes to ensure companies remain in compliance. The group is headed by Philippe Vanni and was strengthened in 2020 by the arrival of Jean-Louis Fourgoux and Leyla Djavadi and their team after merging with Fourgoux-Djavadi & Associés.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Vanni

Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Louis Fourgoux; Leyla Djavadi

Principaux clients

Bouygues Telecom

ENGIE

France Compétences

Guillin Group

La Toque Angevine

LDC Group

Perrigo

Reckitt Benckiser

Roullier

SMACL

Solvadis

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted LDC Group with the merger filing of the acquisition of Ronsard Group before the French Competition Authority (clearance decision with divestment commitments).
  • Successfully assisted ENGIE with a reduction of damages when EDF claimed that it had organised an unfair competition to access the domestic electric market.
  • Acted for Roullier Group in an appeal before the Paris Court of Appeal against the French Competition Authority’s decision of July 2020.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

HWH Avocats

The team at HWH Avocats specialises in advising French companies, German companies and their French affiliates (and vice versa) as well as multinationals on competition and distribution matters across the agricultural, industrial, telecoms, life sciences, energy and tech sectors. Matters include proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission relating to merger control, antitrust, restrictive competition practices and abuse of dominant position. Led by office co-founder  and foreign jurisdiction expert Dominique Heintz, the group also includes senior associate and distribution issue specialist Maria Bagate.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominique Heintz

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Bagate

Les références

‘The HW&H European Law, Competition and Distribution team is very solid, perfectly organised, very responsive and particularly attentive. It has a great ability to master the different aspects of the case, whether it is purely legal, business or economic considerations. It also ensures that the different parties involved can work effectively together.’

‘Dominique Heintz has a very good knowledge of the file. His detailed knowledge of the elements of the file does not prevent him from also having an extremely precise idea of the major stakes, which allows him to establish with efficiency and precision the strategy to be followed. He also has a great ability to structure the different issues in order to deal with the different aspects of the case in a very convincing way.’

Principaux clients

Metro

Kärcher

Krys

Union InVivo

Sodiaal

Arte France

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Metro in its joint ventures with notably two major actors of the food retail market, which were subject to a specific investigation from the French Competition Authority within the framework of the Macron law mechanism of control.
  • Representing Kärcher in the framework of proceedings driven by the French Competition Authority for alleged RPM practices and obtained a decision dismissing the case and closing ten year-long investigations.
  • Represented Krys Group in the framework of proceedings driven by the French Competition Authority for alleged RPM practices and distribution restrictions, securing a decision of dismissal.

Joffe & Associés

The team at independent firm Joffe & Associés advises multinational clients from the sports, pharmaceuticals, financial services, luxury goods and defence sectors on a broad span of competition law issues. Merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, and antitrust damages litigations account for the bulk of the caseload. In addition, the group, led by merger expert Olivier Cavézian, advises retail clients on French Consumer Code compliance and online distribution strategies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier Cavézian

KPMG Avocats, France

The team at KPMG Avocats, France impresses with its multidisciplinary approach to advising major corporates and investment on antitrust, regulatory, distribution and competition law issues. Matters include product compliance, competition in the agricultural sector, antitrust compliance issues, franchise networks and distribution contacts, and private enforcement. The group is led by Emmanuel Tricot, who specialises in the automotive, luxury goods, media, transport, banking, insurance and public services sectors, and senior managers Virginie Carvalho, an expert in state aids, health and railway regulatory issues and consumer law, and Jean-Marc Tchernonog who brings experience in proceedings before courts and competition authorities to the table. Core sectors include the food, financial services and automotive industries.

Principaux clients

SNCF Voyageurs

Froneri

CNPA

France Digital

SIXT

Groupe Eurazeo

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

Fonds Mirabeau

Faurecia

BIP Capital Partners

Météorage

Eurelec

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Sodiaal/Yoplait France on analysing its franchise network and the main distribution contracts in the context of the negotiations conducted by Sodiaal with a view to the acquisition of Yoplait France.

Osborne Clarke

Built from the top up in 2014 by practice head Alexandre Glatz, the Osborne Clarke Paris EU competition and distribution practice advises a broad spectrum of clients across the luxury goods, e-commerce, biotech, consumer goods, transport and retail sectors. The team’s expertise includes merger controls, dawn raids, vertical restraint, restrictive commercial practices and cartel damage claims. In addition to competition and distribution issues, senior associate Thibaut Marcerou also acts on consumer matters, such as sales promotions, T&CS and unfair business practices.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandre Glatz

Autres avocats clés:

Thibaut Marcerou

Les références

‘Good listening skills and understanding of our business. Very high availability.’

‘The Osborne Clarke competition team is unique in terms of professionalism and availability. Alexandre Glatz and his team cover all areas of competition law (antitrust, mergers, state aid and litigation) with great responsiveness and great pragmatism. Alexandre and his associates are quick and quickly understand the difficulties and find fluid and practicable solutions. Alexandre and his team are part of a very comprehensive European network of competition lawyers, particularly in England and Germany.’

Paul Hastings LLP

The Paris team of Paul Hastings LLP is able to leverage the firm’s global network and the experience of its team to advise major multinational and investment firm clients on a broad span of issues. Matters include cartel cases, merger control filings before the French competition authority and the European Commission, abuse of dominance, follow-on actions and state aid. Headed by private equity merger control experts Pierre Kirch, who works out of the Paris and Brussels offices, and Camille Paulhac, the team also assists clients with distribution and franchising mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre Kirch; Camille Paulhac

Les références

‘Camille Paulhac is clearly distinguished by his expertise and pragmatic approach. He is an excellent pedagogue who listens to his clients and will know how to choose the best approach.’

‘Very high technical knowledge combined with a strong pragmatism much appreciated by customers. Camille Paulhac was very responsive and efficient.’

‘Camille Paulhac provided legal advice adapted to a very complex situation and managed our case with responsiveness, efficiency and availability in a very difficult context.’

Principaux clients

Astorg

Oakley Capital

IK Investment Partners

Keensight

Symphony Technology Group

Francisco Partners

Tikehau Investment Management

Mediapro

Liberty House Group

Abry Partners

Altor/Iyuno

SIC

Provalliance

Ericsson

COSCO

Google

Reed Smith

Reed Smith‘s Paris team is able to draw on the expertise of colleagues from the firm’s big international network, making it a popular choice for major multinational corporates on a broad span of competition law and distribution matters. Lead by Marc Lévy and Natasha Tardif, the group is fully equipped to handle cross-border merger control cases, major antitrust investigations, and provide advice to clients on compliance strategies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marc Lévy; Natasha Tardif

Les références

‘Very friendly contacts, easy to access and great capacity for listening and analysis.’

‘High level of expertise and professionalism. A trusted legal partner.’

‘Natasha Tardif and Audery Augusto. Always available for critical business engagements at extremely short notice, including weekends. Hard-working, detailed-oriented and consistent in providing diligent excellent legal services. An excellent and trusted legal partner.’

‘Natasha Tardiff is exceptional for her availability and capacity for work. The welcome she gives to her clients is always pleasant and the exchange constructive.’

‘Their in-depth knowledge of market practices and regulatory authorities is an element that sets them apart from other firms. I would also mention their great ability to offer innovative solutions.’

Simmons & Simmons

The experienced team at the Paris location of internatinal firm Simmons & Simmons coordinates with partners across Europe to assist major multinational corporates with a diverse range of competition and distribution matters across the practice area. These include abuse of dominance, merger control, franchising, distribution networks and consumer law. Led by competition law expert Ombline Ancelin and backed by supervising associate Florent Barbu, who works on both advisory and contentious matters, the group’s sector expertise spans the software, life sciences, medical devices, food and beverages and automotive sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ombline Ancelin

Autres avocats clés:

Florent Barbu

Les références

‘We work mainly with Ombline Ancelin, partner of the competition practice, whose responsiveness, pragmatism and clarity of opinions we appreciate. She and her team are extremely available and oriented towards the concrete assessment of the level of risks and the solutions to minimize them, which we particularly appreciate.’

‘The competition and distribution team, France and EU, led by Ombline Ancelin is at the forefront in the healthcare industries sector. It is also reinforced by an interdisciplinary team perfectly coordinated to meet the expectations of the client in other branches of related law in the health industries sector, in particular administrative and regulatory.’

Principaux clients

Sandoz

Sectigo

UPSA

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Francisco Partners on the acquisition of French company SSL247 through Sectigo Limited and filed a foreign direct investment notification with the French Minister of Economy.
  • Advising UPSA in the context of President Macron’s project to relocalise the production of paracetamol in France; assisting and advising on competition aspects (state aid, long term supply agreement, joint negotiation with a competitor) of the negotiations between UPSA and Seqens, the producer of paracetamol reopening a factory in France.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The experienced group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines bench strength in Paris with the firm’s international presence to advise national and international corporates and investment funds on a diverse range of EU and French competition law. The practice is headed in Paris by Romain Ferla, who assists clients with state aid, high-value M&A, cartel and abuse of market power investigations, as well as with appearances before the French and EU courts. The group’s client base spans the aviation, audiovisual, IT and healthcare sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Romain Ferla

Les références

‘Excellent team from Weil on antitrust aspects, great experience on the subject, very good support and interactions with clients, making things easier for newbies.’

‘Romain Ferla is one of the best antitrust lawyers with whom we work, always very responsive and precise.’

‘Very good collaboration with the client and very good teamwork.’

‘Very attentive people. Good exchange on the strategy.’

‘Romain Ferla is efficient and pleasant. Available and relevant, his expertise and the accuracy of his analysis on a new subject have helped us a lot.’

Principaux clients

Alvest – TLD

Apax

Corsair

Eutelsat

Evolution

FILMM

Hayfin

HLD

Infravia

Laborizon

NJJ

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the FILMM in relation to an antitrust investigation before the French Competition Authority (FCA), started in 2009 following a competitor’s complaint.
  • Advised Corsair on the EU state aid issues raised by potential state support to the group in the context of the Covid crisis.
  • Represented NJJ in connection with the merger control procedures related to the acquisition of the Group Paris-Turf.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandra Berg-Moussa; Renaud Christol

Les références

‘Renaud Christol understood all the issues of our industry in order to defend our interests and especially to advise us usefully.’

‘The August Debouzy firm is a multi-skilled firm with numerous contacts throughout Europe and even beyond. It knows how to respond to any type of problem encountered by the company and always provides good advice by taking the necessary distance. It breaks down the jargon of rules applicable to the situation encountered in order to communicate a comprehensible feedback for everyone.’

Principaux clients

Havas

Groupe Courir

Schlumberger

Riccobono Presse Investissement

EDF

La Poste

Engie

Wessanen

Argos Wityu

Unkle

Alsid

Petit Bateau

Becton Dickinson

Ecore

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

TotalEnergie

Colas and its subsidiaries

Costco

Nike

Dassault Aviation

Microsoft

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Schlumberger and CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) on a phase 1 clearance without commitments before the European Commission for the constitution of a joint venture that is active in the hydrogen production sector and will produce reversible solid oxide SOEC/SOFC electrochemical stacks.
  • Advising CDC, EDF, Engie and La Poste on a phase 1 clearance without commitments before the European Commission for the constitution of a joint venture that is active in the sector of certification of authenticity and management, by blockchain, of documents and information related to natural and legal persons.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Thierry Titone; Matthieu Dary

Les références

‘Availability and responsiveness. Established competence in the field.’

‘Responsive team with excellent interpersonal skills. Very good coordination between the different teams of the firm. Clarity of messages. Real support for decision-making.’

‘Excellent understanding of the needs and expectations of legal directors. Extremely sharp and careful work.’

‘Matthieu Dary is very involved in the files, he is very available, flexible and extremely educational with the operational staff, which is very important in our business sector.’

Principaux clients

Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe

Alstom

Andros

Belambra

Bosch Siemens Electromenager (BSH)

Cegedim

CED Media

Celio

Colgate

Culligan

Diamanta

Embryolisse

Groupe TF1

Lanvin

Meilleursagents.com (Group Axel Springer)

My Retail Box (Brands « Day by Day » and « le Grand Marché du Vrac »)

Nexity

Robert Bosch

SIPA-Ouest France

Skechers

Teka

Thom (Histoire d’Or et Marc Orian)

Dentons

Dentons

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuelle van den Broucke

Les références

‘Professional support by the same team for years, knowing our company best!’

‘Customised approach. Clear in wording; understanding our business very well.’

‘Always quick and reliable feedback.’

‘Emmanuelle van den Broucke – great technical and legal knowledge – responsive – strong commercial acumen – approachable and friendly.’

Principaux clients

Avis

Bouchard Père & Fils

GOJO (Purell Group-USA)

Komatsu

Lima, Natuurvoedingsbedrijf B.V.

Septodont

Stef

Yamaha

Zuru Inc

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Septodont with all antitrust aspects of the acquisition by Septodont of dental care products from Sanofi.

Deprez Guignot Associés

Deprez Guignot Associés

Les références

‘Our contacts at DDG (Pierre Deprez and Philippe Bonnet) show great tenacity on the issues on which we work alongside them. Added to this is a strong expertise in competition law and a very good knowledge of the media sector.’

Principaux clients

Intermarché

Groupe M6

Misterauto

Tediber

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Groupe M6 on the strategic merger project between TF1 and M6.
  • Advised M6 on a strategic merger called ‘Salto’ which is the creation of a full-function SVOD joint venture company between the three major TV channels in France.
  • Acted for M6 before the French national competition authority and other courts (Commercial Court, Court of First Instance, Paris Court of Appeal, Court of Cassation and before the national competition authority (Autorité de la concurrence) in the context of the various litigation opposite to Molotov concerning the conformity of its distribution conditions.

DS Avocats

DS Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Xavier Lacaze

Autres avocats clés:

Fabrice Van Cauwelaert

Les références

‘The DS firm and in particular Xavier Lacaze is a recognised expert in competition law with the advantage of combining this expertise with a very good knowledge of the railway sector.’

Principaux clients

Actis

Antargaz Finagaz

Arena

ASL Airlines France

Aurige

Bazarchic

EDF

Eiffage Group

Group Fast Retailing

Heppner

Itissalat al Maghrib Maroc Telecom

Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin

Mobilitas

Syntec Ingenierie

Union Francaise des Semenciers

FT Orange

Principaux dossiers

  • Advises Eiffage on the disclosure of documents held by Renault Trucks in order to assess its financial loss.
  • Defending MLC in the Commercial Court against Casino’s claim for compensation for the financial damage caused by the ‘dairy cartel’.
  • Advises and represents the Eiffage group in a longrunning criminal, regulatory and civil case related to a nationwide public tender fixing & illegal political financing scheme.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Roskis

Autres avocats clés:

Thomas Strange

Les références

‘Dan Roskis and his team stand out for their high expertise in competition and commercial law. Their mastery of these subjects allows them to advise their clients effectively by providing them with pragmatic and achievable recommendations. Aware of the constraints of their clients, they also intervene within sometimes very tight deadlines without this affecting the quality of the advice provided.’

‘Eversheds is a very generalist firm with excellent sectorial skills which allow to directly cover different aspects of complex cases thanks to the intervention of the teams.’

Principaux clients

Parker Hannifin

France Télévisions & France Télévisions Publicité

Makor Securities

Wolverine Worldwide

Ricoh

Element Solutions

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Laure-Hélène Des Ylouses; Franck Veisse

Autres avocats clés:

Clément Hubert

Les références

‘Great availability; frank advice and flexibility.’

Principaux clients

Computacenter

CNCPJ (Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-Priseurs Judicaires)

Ordres départementaux des Chirurgiens-Dentistes

Diesel

H&M

Effy

Akka Technologies

Malwarebytes

CME (formerly named CM CIC)

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting several professional orders of dental surgeons with an appeal against a decision of sanction taken by the French Competition Authority (FCA) because of alleged anticompetitive boycott against ‘healthcare networks’.
  • Assisting CME (as seller) with the notification of the acquisition of Agta Record (Switzerland) by Assa Abloy (Sweden).
  • Assisting Akka (one the main actors of the sectors of engineering and technology consulting, IT services and software publishing) with the investigation of the French Competition Authority (FCA) on alleged anticompetitive agreements.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Marco Plankensteiner; Marie Davy; Guillaume Forbin

Les références

‘Very good expertise and follow-up.’

‘Good coordination and communication capabilities.’

‘Very prepared and strongly committed to the every single aspect of the case they are following.’

Principaux clients

Groupe Crédit Agricole

Luxottica Group SpA

Isoplus Fernwärmetechnik

Trodat/Trotec Group

Eiffage Construction

Financière Immobilière Bordelaise

Infravia Capital Partners

EES – Clemessy

Eiffage Infrastructures

IK Ventes Privées

Crearity

Dartagnans

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Crédit Agricole and its subsidiary in the proceeding relating to the check multilateral interbank fees which resulted in a more than €100m fine.
  • Representing LCL in a class action initiated by UFC Que Choisir in connection with insurance coverage in loan agreement.

Lext Avocats

Lext Avocats

Les références

‘Lext’s competition and distribution team offers the quality of service of a large firm in a firm on a human scale. The partners have a lot of experience and handle their cases themselves. The employees are competent and committed.’

‘Sylvain Beaumont is particularly brilliant. We feel that he has a wealth of experience in economic law. He knows how to offer pragmatic solutions to all the questions in his field of intervention. A very great professional.’

‘Efficient collaboration and the team is always available with a treatment of your questions within an hour.’

‘Sylvain Beaumont is an excellent specialist in distribution law and intervenes on very complex issues in which he excels.’

Niddam-Drouas Avocats

Niddam-Drouas Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Marie de Drouas

Autres avocats clés:

Elise Nachbaur

Principaux clients

Carrefour

Focus Home Interactive

AOTA (Association of Alternative Telecommunications Operators)

Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC)

Captain Watt

Primeo Energie

Ademe Investissement

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting an association of telecommunications operators with antitrust proceedings against Orange before the French Competition Authority in the fiber optic sector.
  • Representing Focus Home Interactive in antitrust proceedings regarding video games before the European Commission.
  • Representing Carrefour in a follow-on damages litigation before the Paris Court of appeal against Vania following the French Competition Authority’s decision to fine Vania on the grounds of its anticompetitive behaviours in the hygiene and personal care sector.

Osmose

Osmose

Responsables de la pratique:

Melanie Comert

Les références

‘A friendly, responsive team that listens to our needs.’

‘Special mention to Mélanie Comert: competence, availability, accessibility, pedagogy. She knows perfectly the expectations of her clients, is pragmatic and force of proposal in addition to being adaptable. Exceptional value for money.’

‘Boutique law firm expert in commercial/distribution law in several fields of activity, in particular industry.’

‘Very good experience in business life – business-friendly advice and pragmatic analysis.’

Principaux clients

Anne & Valentin

Bel Group (La Vache Qui Rit, Babybel, etc.)

Bledina

Bolton Food (Saupiquet)

Bolton Solitaire

Caudalie

Danone Eaux France

Danone Produits Frais France

Nutricia Nutrition Clinique

SBM Life Science

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the BU of Danone Groupe in the annual commercial negotiations with retailers.

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre

Responsables de la pratique:

Antoine DérotAlexandre Rios

Les références

‘Alexandre Rios is very efficient in supporting his clients, with excellent management of complex files. Alexandre made it possible to win a file in an innovative and proactive way.’

‘Alexandre Rios is a very competent lawyer and recognised as such unanimously by the profession and the clients. He has extensive experience in complex cases, both in litigation and in merger law.’

‘Great flexibility and adaptability.’

‘Very competent team with a real ability to gain a deep understanding of business subjects, even very technical ones. Team which knew how to accompany us to develop, beyond the legal arguments, a real strategy for the result of our project.’

Principaux clients

Groupama

Pacifica (Crédit Agricole)

Syndicat des Editeurs de la Presse Magazine

Indigo

Mobivia

Smovengo

Mr Bricolage

Laboratoires Vivacy

Cerelia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the SEPM in the context of (i) a complaint for abuse of a dominant position and (ii) a request for interim measures lodged against Google before the French Competition Authority (the ‘neighbouring rights case’).
  • Successfully advised EDF in the context of a request for interim measures lodged by one of its competitors before the FCA, securing rejection of the request by the FCA in 18 February 2021.
  • Advises Groupama and Pacifica (Crédit Agricole’s subsidiary in the insurance sector) on their co-reinsurance pool project in the French agricultural sector.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing

Responsables de la pratique:

Evelyne Friedel; Grégoire Toulouse

Les références

‘The team, led by Grégoire Toulouse, is extremely knowledgeble and competent, able to provide tailor-made advice to a high standard. Matter management is very good within the team and work is delivered efficiently and promptly.’

‘In addition to his impressive expertise in franchise law and excellent commercial awareness, Grégoire Toulouse is pragmatic, easy to work with and very supportive of his clients. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

Principaux clients

Accor (Euronext company)

AXA Group Operations & GIE AXA (Euronext company)

Datadog (NASDAQ company)

IKEA

Gong Cha

Leonidas

Marriott

PSG

Ricoh International BV

Subway

Tommy Hilfiger

Zebra

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted AXA Group for several years with the drafting of master service agreements and negotiation with major clients and suppliers of several companies of AXA Group.
  • Advising Taiwanese franchise client Gong Cha (1,300+ stores) on the setting up of their master franchise network in Europe (France, UK, Germany and Belgium to date).
  • Advising Subway on the launch and rolling out of its new franchise agreement for France (together with the pre-contract disclosure documentation).

UGGC Avocats

UGGC Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Michel Ponsard; Corinne Khayat; Malka Marcinkowski

Les références

‘Long-term team – good client knowledge.’

‘Corine Khayat and Maïja Brossard are perfectionists and very protective of their client’s interests. They are very rigorous and are very reliable in the field of competition law.’

Principaux clients

Mercedes-Benz

Sodexo France

Solinest/Nature Innovation

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Mercedes-Benz in over 70 disputes in 2020 relating to vehicles sold to private individuals.
  • Acted for Sodexo France in proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal in competition law regarding the meal coupons market.
  • Assisted Solinest/Nature Innovation with the protection of the company’s intellectual property rights and with its distribution and manufacturing or packaging agreements for its products in France and abroad.