Jean-Nicolas Maillard > Dentons > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Competition: EU And Global




Jean-Nicolas’ practice focuses on EU and French competition law, in particular cartel and other antitrust investigations. Over the last few years, he has represented companies in connection with numerous EU and French Competition Authority cases (flour, consumer electronics, rail maintenance, fresh dairy products, payment systems, freight forwarding, poultry, veterinary products) and related litigation and has been defending several follow-on litigation cases in French courts. He also works closely with suppliers on all issues connected to the distribution of their products and services in Europe. He regularly organizes, implements and manages antitrust compliance initiatives with in-house teams, including risk-mapping and comprehensive antitrust audits.

Jean-Nicolas has also advised clients in relation to over 100 corporate transactions and obtained merger control clearances for their strategic operations from the European Commission and national competition authorities throughout the world.

Throughout his career he has gained significant exposure to the food and beverages, retail, consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, agriculture, financial services and private equity sectors.


English, French


Brussels Bar (B-list)
England and Wales, Solicitor
Paris Bar


King’s College, 2003, Post Graduate Diploma, EC Competition Law
College of Law, 2000, Post Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice (LPC), distinction
College of Law, 1999, Post Graduate Diploma, Common Professional Examination (CPE), honors
University of Poitiers, 1995, Post Graduate Diploma, Business Law (DJCE)
University of Lyon III, 1994, Business Law Degree, honors

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Competition: EU and global

Dentons‘ competition practice in Brussels has gone from strength to strength since the office was opened in 2010. It has built up a circa ten-strong team of multilingual practitioners, who demonstrate strong capabilities on a full range of matters. Jean-Nicolas Maillard focuses on EU and French competition law issues, with particular strengths handling cartel (and other behavioural) investigations. James Venit  advises clients on competition compliance programmes, while other drivers of activity for the team include merger control and competition litigation. Yves Botteman is advising an energy sector client on various M&A transactions.