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France - Competition 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christophe Lemaire is highly recommended for his capable handling of mergers, state aid and compliance matters.

Biography

Christophe is a partner at Ashurst’s Paris office, heading the competition and EU law department. He specialises in all aspects of EU and French competition law, including cartels and abuse of dominant position; mergers; state aids; sector investigations; strategic business advice and competition law risk management; competition litigation; and private actions. He has extensive experience in advising leading European corporates before national and European competition authorities and courts. He also represents clients before the French sectoral regulators, particularly in the energy, transport and media sectors.

Early in his career, Christophe gained outstanding expertise in competition law and policy as a rapporteur attached to the president’s office; as counsel for European affairs at the French Competition Council; and in the legal department of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of EU competition law and network industries portfolio, in particular representing the French government before the European Court of Justice.

Christophe is senior lecturer in French and European competition law and regulatory law at the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris I) and co-chairs the master’s degree course in European economic law. Christophe is a prolific author and speaker on competition law, and a member of the Concurrences Review editorial board. He is ranked in Chambers and The Legal 500.

Christophe's professional memberships include: the Association for Competition Law Studies (AFEC), the Association of Lawyers Practising Competition Law (APDC) and the steering committee of the Competition Workshops of the Ministry of Economic.

Christophe has an LLM and a PhD in European competition law from the Sorbonne School of Law.
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