Meet the team


  • Advised the German food distributor Aldi on the €735m acquisition of 545 Leader Price stores in France from Casino, as well as three warehouses.
  • Worked for Macif – Aésio almost 18 months on all antitrust and merger control aspects of the transaction which has led to the creation of a new French insurance group.
  • Acted for Sopra in its various recent key transactions, such its acquisition of 70% of SAB, a software publisher, who was Sopra’s main direct competitor in France.


Team Services

Our Economic & Competition Law team, made up of seven lawyers, advises and assists our clients on all aspects of Economic and Competition Law. Decidedly internatio­nal, the team advises and assists leading foreign groups (mainly Japanese, Korean, American and European) and their subsidiaries, locat­ed in France and Europe in many different business sectors.

Competition law

  • Mergers/Ententes (vertical and horizontal)
  • Abuse of dominant positions/Abuse of economic dependence
  • State aid and EU regulations relating to businesses

Distribution law

  • Distribution channels/issues relating to internet distribution
  • All types of distribution contracts (referencing agreements, agency agreements, commission agreements, brokerage agreements, business referral agreements, cooperation, sponsoring and patronage agreements, etc)
  • Production, partnership and trademark licence agreements.

Consumer law

  • Deceptive or aggressive marketing practices (false advertising etc), issues relating to the sale of goods at a loss
  • Validity of promotional campaigns (refund offers, sale with bonus etc)
  • DGCCRF [French Office of Fair Trading] investigation and audit

Our team provides legal assistance and acts as a think tank, often above and beyond the required level of commercial strategies as well as representing our clients before the courts.

Our Economic and Competition Law team was notably featured in Décideurs  [Leaders League] and Legal 500.


Awards and Recognition

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2022 - EU, Competition & Distribution (Tier 3)

The team at independent Paris firm ADVANT Altana advises major multinational groups and their subsidiaries on a broad spectrum of competition, EU law, distribution and litigation matters. The caseload features merger controls, cooperative agreements, vertical and horizontal cartels, state aid matters, matters regarding abuse of dominant position, distribution channels, private enforcement and proceedings before the EC and the FCA. The team's sector expertise includes the retail, energy, pharmaceuticals, IT, insurance and consumer goods sectors. The group is led by Frédéric Manin, who represented Air France in extensive cartel proceedings against oil companies, and energy and IT expert Marie Hindré. Counsel and merger control specialist Lucie Giret is also noted.