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- Antoine Gosset-Grainville - BDGS Associés
- Jacques-Philippe Gunther - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Olivier de Juvigny -
Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés
- Robert Saint-Esteben - Bredin Prat
- David Tayar - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Didier Théophile - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Anne Wachsmann -
Antoine Winckler -
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Pierre Zelenko -
The ‘outstanding’ Bredin Prat provides ‘exceptional’ services and ‘tailor-made solutions’. The 20-lawyer team is strong in the different areas of competition law at French and EU levels. It is representing Areva before the European Commission regarding the sale of Areva NP to EDF, and successfully represented Uber before the French Supreme Courts (Cour de Cassation and Conseil d’État) regarding the subject of free competition between taxi operators. Air Liquide, Apple and Orange are also clients. The practice includes high-profile figures in Robert Saint-Esteben, Olivier Billard, Marie-Cécile Rameau and Hugues Calvet who ‘combines legal and strategic analytical skills with the punch of a litigator’; the ‘excellent’ Brussels-based Marc Pittie is another name to note. Yelena Trifounovitch and Pierre Honoré were elevated to the partnership.
Linklaters has ‘excellent expertise’. The ‘responsive and remarkable’ team is handling a number of headline cases before the French and EU institutions and recently obtained impressive results. Representing Société Générale in the Euribor and Libor case, the firm persuaded the European Commission (EC) to reduce the client’s fine by more than €218m. Acting for Air France-KLM in the airfreight cartel case, the EU General Court annulled the EC’s decision and cancelled the client’s €340m fine. The sizeable team also positively handled strategic merger control cases. Practice head Anne Wachsmann ranks among the best in her field, while Pierre Zelenko is following in her footsteps. Thomas Elkins was promoted to partner.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP recently advised on a series of large merger control transactions, including assisting Teva with the EU notification of its proposed acquisition of the generics business division of Allergan. The practice is equally strong on the domestic and EU fronts. It is representing Essilor before the court of appeal in an abuse of dominance case regarding the sale of fibre optics to internet distributors. Orange and Air France-KLM are also clients. Jacques-Philippe Gunther and David Tayar are leading figures in the market. Faustine Viala is also highly involved.
Allen & Overy LLP provides ‘outstanding service’. Key strengths include ‘a worldwide network and deep understanding of clients’ culture and business’. The eight-lawyer team is handling several domestic antitrust cases and is also acting before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in several matters. It is representing Samsung Electronics regarding French investigations in the white and brown goods sectors, as well as acting for TNT Express in the messenger services case. The practice is led by Florence Ninane and Michel Struys, who provides ‘well-balanced views and is a warrior who will not lose a fight for his clients’.
BDGS Associés’ ‘outstanding’ practice ranks among the top firms in France for merger control work. It regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional and EU notifications, recently obtaining phase two clearances for Fnac regarding the acquisition of Darty and for Safran regarding the purchase of a 33% stake in Arianespace. The practice is also very adept at state aid and antitrust cases. The excellent Antoine Gosset-Grainville heads the practice alongside Maria Trabucchi, who ‘has strong expertise dealing with complex merger control work’. Mathilde Damon, Jérôme Fabre and Brussels-based Christina Renner are also key figures.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has strong merger control and antitrust expertise. The practice often deals with EU cases, while also handling domestic matters. It obtained a phase two merger clearance for Airbus regarding the acquisition of Arianespace and successfully represented Google in a dispute with Bottin Cartographes before the Court of Appeal pertaining to online mapping solutions. The practice is led by Antoine Winckler, who ranks among the best in his field, along with François Brunet, François-Charles Laprévote and counsel Frédéric de Bure.
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier ranks among the market’s top players for merger control work at French and EU levels. Practice head Didier Théophile is highly regarded. Igor Simic is also recommended.
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is ‘excellent’ in merger control proceedings. Recent work before the EC includes assisting Shiseido with its takeover of Dolce & Gabbana’s perfumes activity and acting for BFCM during the acquisition of GE’s leasing and factoring activities in France and Germany. The practice also runs a solid antitrust practice. Philippe Guibert and Laure Givry ‘are very good lawyers who have in-depth experience of dealing with the French authorities and courts’. The firm recently hired the ‘very talented’ Emmanuel Durand from Clifford Chance.
Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés is ‘highly business oriented’ and provides ‘smart and practical advice when facing complex and high-stakes matters’. The firm manages an impressive caseload, which includes working for many prominent French companies, including high-profile merger control proceedings and antitrust cases. It assisted Vivendi with the unsolicited public takeover of Gameloft. The practice is also involved in outstanding antitrust matters at French and EU levels. It is handling several major French cartel cases, including assisting Grands Moulins de Paris and Euromill Nord in the packaged flour case. Olivier de Juvigny and Thibault Reymond are recommended.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP often deals with some of the market’s largest merger control transactions and is notably assisting EDF with the notification of the acquisition of Areva NP. Jérôme Philippe heads the practice, which also regularly handles strategic antitrust and private enforcement cases at French and EU levels. It is representing Genentech before the French and EU courts.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is representing many blue-chip French corporations facing domestic antitrust proceedings. The ‘technical and available’ team is involved in a number of cartel and other anti-competitive practice cases. It represented BPCE before the Court of Appeal in the cheque image clearing system case. The practice also handles distribution, private enforcement and merger control work. The team is led by Joëlle Salzmann, Emmanuel Reille, Dimitri Dimitrov and Antoine Choffel, ‘a smart lawyer who has in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge’. Yann Utzschneider joined White & Case LLP.
Jones Day has strong expertise handling challenging EU and competition law cases before the EU courts for client such as Elf Aquitaine and Total. The team is also involved in several domestic antitrust cases and handles merger control work. It is representing Deutsche Post and DHL in the delivery sector case and assisted Wabtec with its acquisition of Faiveley Transport. Of counsel Eric Morgan de Rivery heads the practice. Eric Barbier de La Serre is the other key member.
Vogel & Vogel is ‘a top firm for strategic competition law’ and distribution law issues. The 30-lawyer boutique is ‘highly involved in matters’ and has ‘deep knowledge of the telecoms sector’. It recently handled high-profile work in the telecoms and media fields and was very active in merger control, successfully stopping several strategic mergers occurring in its clients’ sectors. The practice also handles antitrust and state aid cases. Highlights included representing Clear Channel in opposing the project merger of JCDecaux and Metrobus, which was subsequently abandoned, and assisting Eurosport following an abuse of dominance and cartel case claim brought by Ma Chaîne Sport. Bouygues is a key client. Louis Vogel and Joseph Vogel head the practice, in which Juliette Blouet and Fernanda De Abreu are also highly recommended. Laurence Boudailliez, André Bricogne and Xavier Henry have been particularly active in top matters recently.
Ashurst LLP is involved in several cartel cases, such as representing Total before the ECJ in the paraffin wax cartel case. The five-lawyer practice also represented Engie in a high-stakes dispute with Direct Energie before the French Competition Authority. Merger control work included assisting Ouibus with establishing a strategic alliance with Starshipper. Practice head Christophe Lemaire is highly regarded. Michaël Cousin is another name to note.
Baker & McKenzie SCP provides ‘a high level of expertise and efficiency’ and ‘understands what is at stake for its clients’. The practice is involved in numerous high-profile French antitrust cases, including representing Avis Budget in a cartel case and acting for France Farine before the Supreme Court. The practice is also handling key matters in the food and agribusiness sector. ‘Exceptional’ practice head Léna Sersiron ‘gets involved in matters’ and shows ‘high combativeness’. Alex Dowding is also recommended.
Dechert LLP has ‘high-level expertise’ and is particularly recommended for ‘cases involving highly complex and partially novel legal issues’. The seven-lawyer team has strong antitrust expertise and handles cases at French and EU levels. It successfully defended Deutsche Bahn in French cartel proceedings, representing it and its subsidiary Schenker before the Court of Appeal in the package delivery industry proceedings. The practice has strong healthcare sector expertise and also handles merger control work. ‘Very service-oriented’ practice head Mélanie Thill-Tayara gives ‘extremely valuable strategic guidance in highly complex investigations’.
The ‘very efficient’ team at Franklin has ‘high-level expertise’, combining ‘technical analysis and creative and practical solutions’. Current mandates include sensitive merger work in the telecoms sector. The practice is also active in several high-profile antitrust and cartel cases. Clients include large French corporations and international groups. Julie Catala-Marty provides ‘innovative and tailor-made solutions’, producing ‘finely designed strategies to deal with the authorities’.
Headed by Olivier Fréget and Charlotte Tasso-de Panafieu, Fréget – Tasso de Panafieu Avocats’ team is managing strategic domestic and EU cases for new entrants in the media, telecoms and energy sectors. Direct Energie, Free, Next Radio and TDF are clients.
Grall & Associés is involved in several high-profile antitrust and merger control cases at French and EU levels, particularly in the food sector. Distribution is also a strong field of expertise. The practice is led by Jean-Christophe Grall, Thomas Lamy and Charles-Henri Calla.
Headed by Sergio Sorinas, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘efficient, expert and available’ five-lawyer team is involved in many strategic antitrust cases at French level. It is representing Up before the French Competition Authority in the meal vouchers sector, as well as acting for HSBC before the Court of Appeal in the interbank fees case. The practice also handles merger control and state aid issues.
Jeantet is regularly retained to advise on sensitive French cartel and anti-competitive practice cases. The team is representing Lactalis before the Court of Appeal in the fresh dairy produce case. Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié heads the eight-lawyer practice, in which Thomas Picot and Florent Prunet are also key contributors.
Latham & Watkins is involved in several major domestic antitrust cases. The practice is representing Vania and SCA Tissue France in the hygiene and body care cartel case and acted for Edenred in a sensitive cartel case in the meal voucher sector. The team also handles merger control work. Frédéric Pradelles and Hugues Vallette Viallard are the key contacts.
Iñaki Saint-Esteben at Viguié Schmidt is involved in high-profile antitrust and merger control cases.
Romain Ferla heads the practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which provides ‘excellent service’ and recently has been in high demand for merger control work. It advised Advent and Oberthur on the acquisition of Morpho and assisted BPIFrance with the transfer of Coface’s public guarantees activities. The practice is also handling several domestic antitrust cases.
White & Case LLP’s ‘very responsive and efficient’ team has ‘deep knowledge of competition law’. The firm recently boosted its capabilities by hiring a team from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., led by Yann Utzschneider. The practice handles domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control work and is also involved in several of France’s leading cartel cases. It is assisting Arval with the acquisition of GE Capital’s European fleet management activity. Also recommended are counsels Orion Berg and the ‘very responsive, precise and efficient’ Juliette Goyer. Jean-Paul Tran Thiet left to establish JPTT & Partners.
Wilhelm & Associés’ ‘responsive and proactive’ team has ‘great expertise in competition law’. Competition law in television and retail are areas of experience, as is work in the distribution sector. The practice is a key adviser to Canal+ television channel operator, which the team is assisting in a series of challenging merger and antitrust cases. The practice is also representing Nocibé Douglas before the Competition Authority and advised Fnac on the acquisition of Darty. Practice head Pascal Wilhelm has ‘strong knowledge of the media field and gives concrete advice’.
Altana assists major French, US and Asian clients in dealing with their strategic competition and commercial issues. Practice head Jean-Philippe Thibault ‘knows how to meet Japanese clients’ expectations’. The recent hire of Marie Hindré from DLA Piper has been well received.
Aramis provides ‘intelligent risk-based and problem-solving advice’. The firm is regularly involved in major French cartel cases. It is representing XPO Logistics in the messenger services cartel case and acting for Sodiaal in the dairy case. The team also routinely handles merger control work and advised Natixis on the acquisition of DNCA. Carrefour is also a major client. Practice head Aurélien Condomines is praised for his ‘practical approach, great client management skills and ability to design successful strategies’. Mireille Dany is also recommended.
Clifford Chance recently advised on key merger control matters and notably obtained an EC phase two clearance of Airbus Safran Launchers’ acquisition of Arianespace. The team is also handling highly sensitive tax-related state aid cases. Of counsel Michel Petite is recommended. Emmanuel Durand joined De Pardieu Brocas Maffei and Patrick Hubert is now at Orrick Rambaud Martel.
Coutrelis & Associés ‘has strong knowledge of EU competition law and very good contacts within the EU Commission’. The team, which ‘consistently provides reliable and high-quality work’, is involved in several domestic and EU landmark state aid cases, and is representing the EC in a series of cases. The practice is led by André Coutrelis and Nicole Coutrelis, who has ‘great knowledge of EU law and extensive experience handling litigation before the EU Courts’.
Headed by Edouard Sarrazin, DLA Piper’s team is particularly strong in merger control. It recently assisted Atos Worldline with the notification of its acquisition of Equens. Marie Hindré joined Altana.
DS Avocats produces ‘high-quality work which reflects clients’ expectations’. The ‘responsive and efficient’ team develops ‘fine analysis and clear and precise strategies’. It is involved in a number of domestic antitrust cases and also deals with distribution law. Duc, EDF, Heppner and Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin are clients. Key figures in the practice include Xavier Lacaze, whose ‘remarkable knowledge of the transport sector is a great asset’, as well as Dimitri Delesalle, Sandra Dorizon, of counsel Jean-Louis Lesquins and state aid expert Michel Debroux, who was previously at Reed Smith.
Fourgoux & Associés advises large groups and was recently involved in major French antitrust cases. The team is led by Leyla Djavadi and Jean-Louis Fourgoux. Counsel Vincent Roux is a franchise law expert.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP successfully assisted television producer Newen in a phase two merger control case before the French Competition Authority regarding its acquisition by TF1. The team also handles antitrust work and is notably representing German miller Friessinger Mühle in the packaged flour case. The promising two-lawyer practice is led by Eric Paroche.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is involved in several antitrust cases at EU and French levels. The practice is notably representing Roullier before the EU General Court in the animal feed phosphates cartel. Co-headed by Noëlle Lenoir and Marco Plankensteiner, the team is also increasingly being retained to handle private enforcement proceedings and is recognised for its EU regulatory expertise. Crédit Agricole and LCL are also clients.
Magenta is involved in several significant cases in the telecoms sector and recently obtained an €8m damages award to its client Outremer Telecom following claims brought against Orange and Orange Caraïbe. Other work includes a major French cartel case. The practice is led by Sylvain Justier, who has ‘strong knowledge of regulated sectors’. Vincent Jaunet is another name to note.
Mayer Brown provides ‘a high level of service’ and is ‘always able to evaluate the industry reality, needs and other dynamics’. The eight-lawyer team is often instructed to act in antitrust cases at French and EU levels, notably including the EC’s e-commerce investigation; it also advises on merger control work. Nocibé, Conforama and Ono Packaging are clients. Practice head Nathalie Jalabert-Doury is ‘always available, reliable and customer-oriented’.
Orrick Rambaud Martel brings ‘very operational answers’ and is highly active on the merger control side. The five-lawyer team also handles domestic cartel cases. It assisted Apax Partners with the acquisition of InfoVista and has been representing SC Johnson before the Court of Appeal in a cartel case. Senior counsel Michel Roseau heads the practice. Philippe Rincazaux and associate Lise Damelet are also key contributors. Patrick Hubert joined from Clifford Chance.
‘Rapid, efficient and expert’, Racine is handling some sensitive antitrust work in the agribusiness sector. The firm is notably representing Perle du Nord and the main endive producers before the Supreme Court in a landmark case involving the Common Agricultural Policy rules. The team is also dealing with abuse of dominance and cartel investigations in other sectors, as well as merger control work and distribution law. The practice is jointly led by Valérie Ledoux, Frédérique Chaput and Bastien Thomas. Bruno Néouze is a key expert in the agribusiness sector.
Cabinet Renaudier ‘deals with cases efficiently’ and produces ‘tailor-made solutions’. The ten-lawyer boutique has deep knowledge of distribution and commercial issues and recently raised a number of prejudicial constitutional requests before the French Supreme Court. It assists many leading retailers in dealing with their most strategic issues. The team notably advised Système U before the French Competition Authority regarding its strategic alliance with Auchan. Karine Turbeaux is recommended along with the ‘creative and combative’ Richard Renaudier, who has ‘expert knowledge of distribution issues’ and gives ‘high value-added advice in complex matters’. The ‘excellent’ Muriel Perrier joined from Vivien & Associes.