Mr Franck Audran > Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
15 rue de Laborde
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Work Department

Competition & International Trade


Franck Audran is a Partner within Gide’s Competition & International Trade practice group. He joined the firm in 2007, and began his career in Gide’s Bucharest office before integrating the Paris office European and Economic Law team. Franck was also seconded to the firm’s Budapest office, which he co-headed over the 2014-2015 period.

He specialises in French and European law on competition (cartels, dominant position, merger control), and works with our clients on litigation proceedings, both before supervisory bodies (cartel and abuse of dominant position) and commercial courts (compensatory remedies, restrictive competition practices, etc.).

Franck has also acted on complex merger operations, some of which required commitments and/or the initiation of an in-depth investigation phase before the French Competition Authority, the European Commission, the national competition authorities of both EU member states (Romania, Greece, Poland, etc.) and non-EU countries (China, Korea, Brazil, Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, etc.).

Franck has also acquired significant experience in providing assistance to our clients in the solving of issues pertaining to the management of their distribution and franchise networks, both in France and in an international context.

Franck has gained particular expertise in the digital economy sector, working with major digital industry players in their development phase, and institutional clients in the adaptation of their activities to new online consumption methods (luxury goods industry, hotel industry, etc.).

Lastly, when working in our Bucharest and Budapest offices, Franck advised clients on conducting their investments through the implementation of cooperation contracts, joint ventures or acquisition operations. Franck is a member of the Desk in charge of our firm’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe.


After joining Gide’s Bucharest office in 2007, Franck worked in the European and Economic Law team in Paris. Franck was also seconded to our Budapest office, which he co-headed over the 2014-2015 period.


French, English, German and Romanian


Member of the Association des Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence (APDC)


Postgraduate degree (DEA) in business and economu law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2005)
Master’s degree in European Law, University of Erlangen (Germany) (2004)

Lawyer Rankings

France > EU, competition and distribution

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.

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. counts some of the largest and best-known companies and brands in the global luxury goods sector to its client list. Handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, the firm has worked on a large number of employment disputes as well as intellectual property management matters. Franck Audran focuses on competition law in the luxury goods sector. Patent and trade mark matters are the focus of Emmanuel Larere. David Jonin takes on employment matters related to luxury goods.

Paris > Droit européen, concurrence et distribution

L’équipe de droit de la concurrence et de commerce international de Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. affiche de solides compétences dans de nombreux domaines du droit de la concurrence et de la réglementation. L’équipe traite ainsi des dossiers d’ententes verticales, de contrôles des concentrations, d’abus de position dominante, ainsi que des cartels et des recours indemnitaires. Le portefeuille de clientèle comprend de grands groupes de référence, principalement dans les secteurs de la distribution, de l’énergie, des services financiers, du transport, de la distribution, du luxe, de la banque et des médias. L’équipe est dirigée par : les spécialistes du droit de la concurrence  Emmanuel Reille et Dimitri Dimitrov,qui assiste les entreprises sur la mise en place de leurs programmes de conformité, Franck Audran qui est sollicité pour le traitement des opérations complexes de concentration, et Laura Castex, qui intervient dans des dossiers d’enquête.