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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