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Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Florence Ninane earns impressive recommendations from peers across Europe for her competition practice. She adeptly handles both litigation and merger control matters.

 Peers and clients say:

"Florence is a very well-known figure in the French market."

"She's an impressive negotiator."


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

Florence’s areas of sector expertise include energy, finance, internet and consumer goods. Her clients include Airbus, BNP Paribas, Expedia, Google, Natixis, Pandora, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, SFR, Société Générale, TNT, Total and TripAdvisor.

Florence is recognised as a leading individual by the major legal directories. The 2018 edition of Chambers Europe (2018) describes Florence as “charismatic” and “well regarded for her ‘active’ market presence, strong communication skills and ‘good results’”; the 2017 edition notes her “impressive knowledge of French competition law and EU procedures”, adding, “She is highly regarded for her dedication, and sources describe her as ‘very strong’.” The Legal 500 EMEA (2018) notes her “deep understanding of French antitrust law and developed network in the field”.

Florence regularly writes on antitrust issues, including the French chapters in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Merger Control and Getting the Deal Through, and the chapter on access to evidence in private actions in Lamy Economique (2018 and 2019). She is often interviewed in the antitrust and business press and frequently speaks at antitrust conferences.

Her memberships include French competition associations (APDC and board member of AFEC) and the French Association of Energy Law.

Allen & Overy’s global antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating across APAC, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust transactions, policies, litigation and regulatory strategies, and regularly acts on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in the market.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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