France: Competition Economists 2018

In this section, we highlight 16 standout competition economists who are widely recognised thanks to their extensive experience providing expert advice and testimony on a range of complex matters relating to competition law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Laurent Flochel Charles River Associates, Paris
2. David Spector MAPP, Paris
3. Jean Tirole INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS INSTITUTE, Toulouse

Big Four accounting firm DELOITTE is home to four leading lights in the field of competition economics.
The “excellent” Gildas de Muizon is “a top-tier practitioner” who comes highly recommended by lawyers for his professionalism as well as his “first-rate, concrete advice” on cartel and damages claims.
François Lévêque is “a star in his field” according to one respondent, and garners praise for his "impressive knowledge” of competition economics.

THE INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS INSTITUTE also performs well this year, seeing four competition economists highlighted.
Sources describe Jean Tirole as “a top specialist” with “a fantastic reputation” in the market. He is a distinguished practitioner commended for his knowledge of market power and natural monopoly regulation.
Patrick Rey is “a leading expert” who one impressed interviewee describes as “outstanding” when it comes to handling competition policy and regulation-related matters.

Leading consultancy firm MAPP also impresses, achieving two listings.
“Superb economist” Anne Perrot is a prominent figure in the market, and is applauded for her expertise in competition policy, particularly when it comes to major cartel cases.
David Spector is “an excellent economist” who is one of France’s leading individuals in the competition economics space. He is a widely respected expert who is considered a leading authority on merger control and abuses of dominant positions.

The “outstanding” Laurent Flochel at CHARLES RIVER ASSOCIATES has “an excellent reputation in the market” and is internationally renowned for his experience across the full spectrum of competition law issues.

Antoine Chapsal at ANALYSIS GROUP is an internationally recognised expert who “holds a strong position in the market”. He is extremely knowledgeable and is particularly well regarded for his expertise in merger remedies.

The “exceptional” David Sevy at COMPASS LEXECON is “clearly the star of the firm’s Paris office” according to one impressed commentator. He is frequently called upon to advise clients involved in major merger or antitrust cases at both French and European level.

 

Marc Ivaldi of NERA ECONOMIC CONSULTING “really stands out in the market” thanks to the impressive quality of his economic analyses in many of France’s high-profile mergers.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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