Philippe Chappatte is global head of the firm's competition group.
Philippe has been responsible for a large number of transactions notified to the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation. His recent deals include acting for INEOS in relation to its petrochemicals joint venture with Solvin, and representing Equinix on its recommended takeover offer for Telecity. Philippe also acted for Bertelsmann in connection with the merger of its recorded music business, BMG, with Sony Music (unconditionally cleared twice after two detailed phase II investigations). He also took a lead role acting for Bertelsmann in its successful appeal to the European Court of Justice against the Court of First Instance's judgment in Impala and acted more recently for Bertelsmann in relation to its publishing joint venture with Penguin.
He has extensive experience of UK competition law, including a number of investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessors). He advised Global Radio in relation to the Competition Commission's investigation into its acquisition of GMG, which created the largest commercial radio group in the UK, including the appeal to the Competition Appeals Tribunal. He also recently advised esure in relation to the motor insurance market investigation and its acquisition of sole control of Gocompare.com.
Philippe has broad experience of competition issues arising from the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. He is currently advising Booking.com on the multijurisdictional investigations into hotel online bookings. He is also advising Ericsson on a range of issues involving its standard essential patent licensing practices.
He is president of the European Competition Lawyers' Forum.
Philippe is listed as a leading individual in the EU & Competition section of The Legal 500 (2015) and Chambers (2016).
WWL says: Internationally recognised for his high profile competition work, he leads Slaughters' "outstanding" global practice
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