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BDGS Associés

51 RUE FRANCOIS 1ER, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel:
Work +33 1 42 99 22 22
Fax:
Fax +33 1 42 99 22 41
Email:
Web:
www.bdgs-associes.com
Brussels, Paris

Antoine Gosset-Grainville

Tel:
Work +33 1 42 99 22 22
Email:
Web:
www.bdgs-associes.com
BDGS Associés

Work Department

Competition & Regulatory

Position

Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law and regulatory with a specific focus on state aid, complex merger control and antitrust litigation. He advises both French and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including regulated industries such as transport, telecom, financial services and energy.

He has recently advised Carrefour on its joint purchasing alliance with Système U in the mass retail sector; SNCF on issues regarding the transposition of the Fourth Railway Package as well as on State aid issues, in the context of the reform of the French railway system undertaken by the French government; France’s main banks on litigation proceedings before the European Court of Justice against a series of European Central Bank decisions imposing undue prudential requirements; Thales as an interested third party competitor in the context of the proposed Siemens/Alstom merger review before the European Commission, and CMA CGM on the notification to the EU Commission of its acquisition of control over CEVA Logistics.


He is cited as a "leading individual" in the Legal 500 EU Competition and Distribution section.

Career

Prior to founding BDGS Associés in April 2013, he worked at the Inspection Générale des Finances (1993-1997). He then took up the post of Deputy Secretary General of the Economic and Finance Committee of the European Union (1997-1999) and Advisor for economic and industry affairs in the office of Pascal Lamy at the European Commission (1999-2002). From 2002 to 2007, he was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel's Brussels office before becoming Deputy Director of the Prime Minister's cabinet (2007-2010) and Deputy Managing Director of the Caisse des Dépôts (2010-2012). He co-heads the Competition & Regulatory department with Maria Trabucchi.

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Education

Paris (2002) and Brussels Bars (2002). Graduate of ENA (Promotion L. Gambetta - 1993) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris. Postgraduate degree in banking and finance from Paris IX Dauphine University (1990).


France

EU, competition and distribution

Within: EU, competition and distribution

BDGS Associés is particularly strong in the field of merger control and has recently established itself as a leading player in the reform of the country's public sector by President Macron by acting for clients such as EDF, SNCF, La Poste and Aéroports de Paris. A team including Jérôme Fabre advised Safran on its notification to the European Commission with regard to its acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace via agreed tender offer, and Total appointed the practice to oversee the merger clearance issues arising from its acquisition of an indirect controlling interest of 23% of Eren Renewable. Mathilde Damon is also a name to note and recently handled a wide range of mandates including disputes in the distribution space. The team is jointly headed by Antoine Gosset-Grainville and Maria Trabucchi; the pair are currently representing a series of banks in proceedings brought against European Central Bank before the European Court of Justice relating to a series of decisions pertaining to leverage-ratio and irrevocable payment commitments. Other key clients include Carrefour, PMU and Canal+.

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France: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

At BDGS Associés, clients ‘are sure to receive an excellent service, including sound advice, backed with great legal knowledge and an excellent understanding of the matters at stake’. The firm hired promising new practice head Kyum Lee, who was previously counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, in January 2018 to officially set up its practice. Lee impresses with his ‘fine legal mind and extensive and thorough knowledge’, in addition to ‘always being available for his clients, perfectly understanding their needs, and never giving up’. He can also rely on the support of some of the firm's founding partners, such as Antoine Gosset-Grainville, who has particular expertise in managing crisis situations. The compact team is handling highly sensitive cases, including a high number of corporate and shareholder conflict cases. It represented Canal + in a high-profile media dispute with TF1 regarding the latter's terms of broadcasting. The practice was also recently involved in several insolvency-related cases. Bpifrance and Ceva Santé Animale are also clients.

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