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Benoît Merkt

Benoît Merkt
Office:
Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211
City:
Geneva 6
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 58 450 70 00
Fax:
+41 58 450 70 01

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Competition

Dr Benoît Merkt is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his first-rate practice. He specialises in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, notably in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech, infrastructures (electricity), consumer goods, chemical, luxury goods, motorcar distribution, public broadcasting and retail sectors. He has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and coordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Benoît Merkt advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints, cartels and public procurement.

Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organisations. He heads the firm’s practice in this field. He has incorporated major foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad. He is a member of the Legal Council of SwissFoundations, as well as member of the board of directors of several public utility foundations of international scope.

Benoît Merkt holds a law degree from the University of Neuchâtel (1992; doctorate in law 2001) and a MJur from the University of Oxford (1996, Berrow scholarship). Benoît Merkt was a research assistant in international economic law at the University of Berne (1997) and a lecturer in European and Swiss competition law at the University of Geneva (1998). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1999 and has been a partner since 2006. He speaks French, English and German.

Benoît Merkt is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Association of Competition Law (ASAS); International League of Competition Law (LIDC); Swiss Bar Association; Competition Committee (SAV/FSA); International Bar Association (IBA); and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Benoît Merkt is a well-regarded and experienced practitioner who handles a wide array of competition matters across the high-tech, energy and banking sectors.

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Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Dr Benoît Merkt is a partner with Lenz & Staehelin since 2006 and leads the firm's competition regulated markets group in Geneva and Lausanne.

He graduated from the University of Neuchâtel with a doctor of law degree in 2001 on international cooperation between competition authorities (Walther Hug Prize), having already obtained an MJur in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford in 1996 (Berrow scholarship). Benoît Merkt was a research assistant in international economic law at the University of Berne and a lecturer in European and Swiss competition law at the University of Geneva.

Benoît Merkt is specialised in all areas of Swiss and European competition law, including in the banking, telecommunications and media, energy, high-tech, motorcar distribution, biotech, retail and food, luxury, chemical and petrochemical industries. He has extensive experience in competition law administrative procedures before the Swiss Competition Commission including merger control filings, leniency, private enforcement and litigation as well as in appeal proceedings to the Swiss Administrative Court. He also regularly advises Swiss and foreign clients on all areas of competition law, including competition law due diligence and compliance.

Other areas of practice include regulated industries, international trade and European law (Swiss-EU free movement of goods, services and persons) and public procurement law. Benoît Merkt is also a recognised specialist in the law of tax-exempt/non-profit organisations. He has incorporated numerous international foundations and associations and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.

Benoît Merkt has published numerous articles on Swiss and European competition law for national and international publications. He is fluent in French, English and German.

Lenz & Staehelin is a leading Swiss law firm with more than 200 lawyers and a network of three offices in Switzerland providing a full range of legal services and handling all aspects of international and Swiss law. Its client base comprises foreign and Swiss-based multinational groups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Lenz & Staehelin operates on both a national and an international level and has developed an extensive international network of correspondence law firms.

WWL says: Clients praise his “hands on” approach and "understanding of our business"

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Competition which can be purchased from our Shop.

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