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France: Competition 2017

The following 42 practitioners are considered the leading players in behavioural and non-behavioural competition law matters, regularly representing clients before the French competition authority and the courts. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hugues Calvet Bredin Prat, Paris
2. Olivier Billard Bredin Prat, Paris
3. Marie-Cécile Rameau Bredin Prat, Paris
4. Robert Saint-Esteben Bredin Prat, Paris
5. Jacques-Philippe Gunther Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Paris
6. Antoine Choffel Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris

BREDIN PRAT is the leading competition practice in Paris. Four of its partners count among the very finest names in the market and the firm is invariably involved in some of the biggest merger filings and antitrust litigation before the French and EU authorities and courts.
Hugues Calvet ranks as the top competition lawyer in our research and is universally regarded as a star. One client responds: “He is an impeccable counsel – creative, impressive in pleadings, pragmatic, strategic, brilliant, very knowledgeable and personable.”
Olivier Billard is active in major merger control mandates before the EU commission and is currently advising Unilever on the body care cartel investigation. He also has a very strong reputation for state aid. Sources say, “Olivier is a clear leader in the field”.
Robert Saint-Esteben is recognised as an “elder statesman” of the Bar. He comes highly recommended by peers for his exceptional performance in judicial and arbitration proceedings under both domestic and European law.
The “brilliant” Marie-Cécile Rameau is a rising star in the competition market. She is a firm favourite in proceedings relating to mergers and distribution law, with experience before both French and European competition authorities.

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER has a top-tier offering with two outstanding partners.
“Star individual” Jacques-Philippe Gunther heads the practice and is regularly engaged in high-profile disputes before the authorities and courts at both the domestic and EU level, as well as high-value merger filings.
David Tayar’s stock continues to rise and he is becoming one of the very biggest players in the market – particularly for his work in the pharmaceutical sector. He is known to be “knowledgeable, smart, commercially friendly and hard-working”.

At DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI, the “outstanding” Philippe Guibert heads the firm’s practice. He is regularly visible on top mandates, including representing before the French competition authority and a leading Yogurt manufacturer in the dairy product cartel.

LINKLATERS has a large and well-thought-of Paris-based competition team led by two key partners.
Anne Wachsmann is highly rated for her expertise in antitrust litigation and has secured landmark cartel decisions. She also maintains a prominent merger control practice. Observers agree that she is “one of the market’s major players”.
Pierre Zelenko is an increasingly prominent name and is already very well known for his EU and French competition work. He is noted for his “vital combination of technical excellence and business-friendly approach”.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s leading practice is spearheaded by Antoine Choffel, who is routinely recognised as one of the major players in the market. In particular, sources describe him as “one of the very best antitrust litigators in France”.
Emmanuel Reille is recommended as a rising star at the firm. His broad practice covers all manner of domestic and European disputes and he has noted capability in merger control and distribution litigation.

CLIFFORD CHANCE also sees two lawyers listed.
Patrick Hubert is senior and distinguished figure in the market. He regarded as “an outstandingly knowledgeable competition expert”; one source also notes his “really good realistic approach to merger control”.
Former member of the EU Commission Michel Petite is recognised for the impressive scope of his experience in matters such as mergers, state aid and market regulation.

At public law specialist DUNAUD CLARENC COMBLES & ASSOCIÉS, Christophe Clarenc is very well regarded in the French market. One source notes, “He is a very knowledgeable French antitrust lawyer, especially in relation to highly regulated sectors.”

ALLEN & OVERY’s Florence Ninane is very highly regarded in the market, particularly for A101 and litigation mandates. Sources say she is “creative, persuasive and pragmatic”.

FRÉGET - TASSO DE PANAFIEU is a competition boutique with a strong standing in the market.
Founder Olivier Fréget is clearly "one of the significant market players”. He is noted expert in competition law and regulation based on competition law, particularly concerning the IT, telecoms, life sciences and energy sectors.

Didier Théophile of DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER is “outstanding”. Respondents note that they “would not hesitate to recommend him” and that he is “very easy to work with”. He covers all aspects of competition law and is particularly noted for his EU merger filings practice.

MAGENTA is a boutique dedicated solely to competition law. Its top lawyer Sylvain Justier has an excellent behavioural and private enforcement practice. One client responds, “His approach to client communication is excellent – as is the level of commercial understanding of the marketplace”, while another commends his “creative and collaborative approach to resolving issues".

Maria Trabucchi is a recent addition to the competition boutique BDGS ASSOCIATES. She has an excellent reputation as “one of the most talented competition lawyers of her generation”. She is noted for her recent handling of the FNAC/Darty transaction.

MAYER BROWN’s Nathalie Jalabert-Doury is very active on both the behavioural and merger side before the French authority and the EU Commission. Clients recommend her “availability, high strategic sense and humility”, her “ability to understand how to interact with both in-house lawyers and clients”, and her “ability to understand how a business model works”.

Competition Economists

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Spector MAPP, Paris
2. Gildas de Muizon MICROECONOMIX, Paris
3. Anne Perrot MAPP, Paris

The 14 individuals listed in this chapter provide the highest calibre of analysis, assist with litigation and provide expert testimony before courts, tribunals and regulatory agencies.  

MICROECONOMIX provides strategic economic advice to corporations and assist in debates against rivals and regulators. We list four impressive experts in this year’s research.
Gildas de Muizon is among the top players in the market. His areas of expertise include French and European mergers, dominance and cartel cases. One peer comments that he has “really good knowledge of the local market data”.
Olivier Sautel is an esteemed adviser with specialist knowledge of competition law and economics.

Described by one client as their “go-to firm”, MAPP provides specialist microeconomic analysis on competition law issues.
David Spector is a leading technical expert in the economics of competition law” and is regarded as one of the best in the market. He is commended by peers for his “excellent analysis.
Sources do not hesitate to recommend Anne Perrot, who is “very experienced in major cartel cases before authorities”. She previously spent eight years as vice president of the French competition authority.
Clients comment that Antoine Chapsal is “great for strategy and analysis of the different strategic points of getting a deal through”.

At COMPASS LEXECON David Sevy continues to impress clients with his strategic advice in French and European cases across a range of industries. He has extensive experience in both arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Laurent Flochel of CHARLES RIVER ASSOCIATES is extremely well thought of by peers and clients alike. He appears as an expert before various domestic and international authorities and also advises clients on a wide range of issues such as damage evaluation.

Laurent Benzoni at TERA CONSULTANTS is regarded as one of the top sources of expert economic advice in the French market, and clients recommend him highly. 

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