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Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Florence Ninane is “an impressive negotiator” who wins acclaim for her excellent representation of clients in relation to merger control and notification proceedings.


Florence Ninane is a partner in Allen & Overy LLP's Paris office. She has significant experience in the areas of French and European competition law (mergers, antitrust and state aid issues) and has developed a specific expertise in distribution law matters. She regularly assists companies with their French, EU and multi-jurisdictional merger notifications, and also represents companies in competition law litigation before competition authorities and national courts (in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid and private enforcement matters).

Florence’s particular areas of sector expertise include energy, finance, internet and consumer goods and she advises various operators in these areas. Her French and international clients include Amazon, BNP Paribas, Bose, Expedia, Pandora, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, SFR, Société Générale, TNT, Total and TripAdvisor.

Florence is recognised as a leading individual by Chambers and The Legal 500, as well as by Who's Who Legal. Chambers Europe (2018) states: “'Charismatic lawyer' Florence Ninane is well regarded for her 'active' market presence, strong communication skills and 'good results'." Chambers Europe (2017) states: “Florence Ninane offers impressive knowledge of French competition law and EU procedures. She is highly regarded for her dedication, and sources describe her as 'very strong'." According to The Legal 500 EMEA (2018): "Practice head Florence Ninane is noted for her ‘deep understanding of French antitrust law and developed network in the field’".

Florence has recently authored several articles in publications such as Revue Concurrences, as well as the French chapters in publications such as The International Comparative Legal Guide to Merger Control and Getting the Deal Through. She is the author of the Lamy Economique 2018 & 2019 chapter on access to evidence in private action cases and she is regularly interviewed in the press (GCR, Mergermarket, Reuters, Les Echos, Le Figaro, Option Droit & Affaires etc). She is a frequent speaker at antitrust conferences and seminars.

Florence is a member of French competition associations (APDC and board member of AFEC) and of the French Association of Energy Law.

Florence received her postgraduate degree in business law and a DJCE degree (counsel in commercial law) from the University of Paris II, Panthéon Assas, in 1997. She obtained a postgraduate degree in comparative European law Magistère from the University of Nancy II in 1996. She was admitted to the Haut-de-Seine Bar in 1999 and to the Paris Bar in 2001.

Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.

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