Charles Henri Calla is “very experienced in merger control" and stands out for "finding ways to convey complex theories and concepts to provide effective advice and compelling arguments”.
Peers and clients say:
“He combines technical excellence with strong strategic view of the case and how to interact with competition authorities.”
“He is very hands-on, proactive, and very responsive.”
“He is very good in court and has a real sense for managing complex cases. He has a very high sense of strategy and an in-depth knowledge of competition law.”
“Charles-Henri Calla is a very talented antitrust partner.”
Charles-Henri Calla is a partner at the top-notch French competition and distribution boutique firm Grall & Associés.
Charles-Henri has a wealth of experience in all areas of French and European competition law.
He is constantly ranked as one of the best lawyers in competition law in France by the main legal directories, which state that his “competition practice is truly outstanding” and that he “is very talented, provides strategic outlook and has exceptional analysis skills”. The guides add that he “perfectly understands constraints faced by companies and relentlessly seeks to attain the best reachable goals for his clients” and “has perfect legal mastering, is very responsive and thinks outside the box”.
Charles-Henri is particularly praised for his deep expertise in advising leading French and international companies across a wide range of sectors before French or European competition authorities and courts. He advises on high-profile and complex merger control cases (including Phase II), representing both merging and third parties (at trial, when necessary); highly complex litigation matters (cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, vertical restraints, private enforcement, commercial and distribution law matters); and state aid. He also offers first-class representation in high-stakes civil and criminal investigations in relation to consumer law protection (the horsemeat scandal, etc).
Charles-Henri has acted in several landmark EC and French competition cases, such as e-books, GIE Cartes Bancaires, the Nespresso coffee capsules saga, the widely publicised petfood, poultry, fruit compote and yogurt cases (obtaining a massive fine reduction for Lactalis group before the Paris Court of Appeals) and the highly sensitive supermarket probes concerning national and international joint purchasing agreements in the food retail sector, among others.