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Lenz & Staehelin

ROUTE DE CHĂŠNE 30, 1211 GENEVA 6, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 450 70 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 450 70 01
Email:
Web:
www.lenzstaehelin.com
Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Dr Benoît Merkt

Tel:
Work +41 58 450 70 00
Email:
Web:
www.lenzstaehelin.com
Lenz & Staehelin

Work Department

Competition, Tax-Exempt/Non-Profit Organizations, Regulated Markets, Public Procurement and Administrative Law, Internal investigations.

Position

Dr. Benoît Merkt is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his first-rate practice. He specializes in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, notably in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech, infrastructure (electricity), consumer goods, chemical, luxury goods, motor-car distribution, public broadcasting and retail sectors. He has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings.Benoît Merkt advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints, cartels and public procurement.

Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organizations. He heads the firm's practice in this field. He has incorporated major foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.

Career

Admission to Bar (1994), Secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission (1998), Joined Lenz & Staehelin (1999), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2006).

Languages

French, English, German.

Member

Swiss Association of Competition Law (ASAS), International League of Competition Law (LIDC), Swiss Bar Association, Competition Committee (SAV/FSA), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Former President of the Competition Commission of the UIA (from 2006 to 2008), European League for Economic Cooperation(ELEC), Secretary of the Swiss section (from 1997 to 2002), Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht Schweiz, SwissFoundations (member of the Legal Council).

Education

University of Neuchâtel (lic. iur. 1992), University of Oxford (Master in European and Comparative Law 1996, Berrow Scholar), University of Bern, European and International Trade Law Institute (1997), University of Neuchâtel (Dr. iur. 2001).


Switzerland

Competition

Within: Leading individuals

Benoît Merkt - Lenz & Staehelin

Within: Competition

The 'dedicated and trustworthy team' at Lenz & Staehelin is recommended for providing an 'outstanding' service, including 'accurate, business-focused legal advice'. Merger control notifications, international merger filings, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, dawn raids, leniency procedures and Swiss court litigation are some of the key areas of expertise. Recent highlights include representing Pfizer in its successful appeal against multimillion-CHF fines imposed by the Competition Commission (ComCo) for alleged unlawful resale price maintenance in connection with the drug Viagra. Key names in Zurich include the 'results-focused and highly knowledgeable' Marcel Meinhardt, who is 'one of the leading experts in competition and antitrust law'; counsel Felix Prümmer, who has an 'analytical' approach; associate Frank Bremer; and Astrid Waser, who is acting for Ticketcorner in a merger control appeal. Benoît Merkt is the recommended key contact in Geneva.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Geneva- and Lausanne-based firm Lenz & Staehelin receives major recognition for its banking expertise, alongside its outstanding strength in capital markets, private client matters, tax, real estate, sports law and dispute resolution. Key lawyers include Shelby Du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, François Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas Rötheli, Jean-Blaise Eckert, Benoît Merkt and Xavier Favre-Bulle.

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