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Global Leader

Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jacques Buhart is a well-established figure in the French market who is highly recommended for his first-class work on EU competition and merger-related matters.

Biography

Mr Buhart concentrates on EU competition rules and mergers and acquisitions. He has handled a broad range of complex competition matters as well as litigations in the European and French courts. In the merger field, among others, he represented TUI in its acquisition of Transat Voyages; Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in the restructuring of Areva and the French nuclear industry, and as intervening party in the GE/Alstom merger; Canon in its acquisition of OCE (the Netherlands); and TotalFina in its acquisition of Elf (second phase).

In the cartel area at the EU level, Mr Buhart coordinated a Japanese car parts manufacturer's investigations in the EU, the US, Canada, Africa and other jurisdictions. He was also involved in the EU freight forwarding case, vitamins cartel case, and in several cartel investigations in France for GEA and Kuehne + Nagel.

On the litigation side, Mr Buhart represented Cascades in the carton board cartel case at the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; Daiichi Pharmaceutical in the vitamins cartel case at the Court of First Instance; and Coca-Cola at the Court of Appeal in Paris against allegations of abuse of dominant position.

On the compliance side, Mr Buhart advised several international companies in their compliance programme as well as at seminars throughout Europe, such as NGK Japan, Total, Metsaliitto and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mr Buhart has been a visiting professor of EU competition law at Aix-Marseille University since 1995 and the University of Tokyo since 2004. He is a member of the board of the Sorbonne Law School. He has published widely on EU competition rules and M&A, including Leniency Regimes (fourth edition, Thomson Reuters, 2015).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

France - Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Jacques Buhart enjoys a strong international reputation for his excellent work when it comes to complex competition-related litigation as well as merger control proceedings.

Biography

Mr Buhart concentrates on EU competition rules and mergers and acquisitions. He has handled a broad range of complex competition matters as well as litigations in the European and French courts. In the merger field, among others, he represented TUI in its acquisition of Transat Voyages; Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in the restructuring of Areva and the French nuclear industry and as intervening party in the GE/Alstom merger; Canon in its acquisition of OCE (the Netherlands); TotalFina in its acquisition of Elf (second phase); Metsä-Serla in the sale of its carbonless paper division to Arjowiggins (second phase); TUI in the merger notification of its acquisition of the tour operator Nouvelles Frontières; and Atos Origin in its acquisition of Banksys.

In the cartel area, at the EU level Mr Buhart coordinated a Japanese car parts manufacturer's investigations in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Africa and other jurisdictions. He was also involved in the EU freight forwarding case, vitamins cartel case and in several cartel investigations in France for GEA and Kühne + Nagel.

On the litigation side, Mr Buhart represented Cascades in the cartonboard cartel case at the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; Daiichi Pharmaceutical in the vitamins cartel case at the Court of First Instance; as well as Coca-Cola at the Court of Appeal in Paris against allegations of abuse of dominant position. He acted for an intervening party in the Akzo case relating to the legal privilege.

On the compliance side, Mr Buhart advised several international companies in their compliance programme as well as at seminars throughout Europe, such as NGK Japan, Total, Metsäliitto and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Among other industries, Mr Buhart has developed a substantial knowledge in antitrust issues affecting the energy and pharmaceutical industries as well as the automobile and paper industries.

Mr Buhart received his legal education from the Sorbonne, Paris, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Institute of Comparative Law, Paris, and the University of Paris, DESS in 1976. He also read for an MBA from the Business School of Paris (ESCP).

Mr Buhart has been a visiting professor of EU competition law at the University of Aix-en-Provence since 1995 and at the University of Tokyo, faculty of law since 2004. He is a member of the board of the Sorbonne Law School. He has published widely on topics of EU competition rules and M&A and in particular the fourth edition of the Leniency Regimes book published by Thomson Reuters (2015). He was the chairman of the International Bar Association's section on business law from 2001 to 2003. He is also a member of the Brussels Bar and handles several competition cases out of the Brussels office.

France - M&A and Governance

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jacques Buhart is a seasoned M&A expert, having advised an impressive set of clients in an array of cross-border matters. He has extensive insight into the pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Biography

Mr Buhart concentrates on EU competition rules and mergers and acquisitions. He has handled a broad range of complex competition matters as well as litigations in the European and French courts. In the merger field, among others, he represented TUI in its acquisition of Transat Voyages; Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in the restructuring of Areva and the French nuclear industry and as intervening party in the GE/Alstom merger; Canon in its acquisition of OCE (the Netherlands); TotalFina in its acquisition of Elf (second phase); Metsä-Serla in the sale of its carbonless paper division to Arjowiggins (second phase); TUI in the merger notification of its acquisition of the tour operator Nouvelles Frontières; and Atos Origin in its acquisition of Banksys.

In the cartel area, at the EU level Mr Buhart coordinated a Japanese car parts manufacturer's investigations in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Africa and other jurisdictions. He was also involved in the EU freight forwarding case, vitamins cartel case and in several cartel investigations in France for GEA and Kühne + Nagel.

On the litigation side, Mr Buhart represented Cascades in the cartonboard cartel case at the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; Daiichi Pharmaceutical in the vitamins cartel case at the Court of First Instance; as well as Coca-Cola at the Court of Appeal in Paris against allegations of abuse of dominant position. He acted for an intervening party in the Akzo case relating to the legal privilege.

On the compliance side, Mr Buhart advised several international companies in their compliance programme as well as at seminars throughout Europe, such as NGK Japan, Total, Metsäliitto and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Among other industries, Mr Buhart has developed a substantial knowledge in antitrust issues affecting the energy and pharmaceutical industries as well as the automobile and paper industries.

Mr Buhart received his legal education from the Sorbonne, Paris, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Institute of Comparative Law, Paris, and the University of Paris, DESS in 1976. He also read for an MBA from the Business School of Paris (ESCP).

Mr Buhart has been a visiting professor of EU competition law at the University of Aix-en-Provence since 1995 and at the University of Tokyo, faculty of law since 2004. He is a member of the board of the Sorbonne Law School. He has published widely on topics of EU competition rules and M&A and in particular the fourth edition of the Leniency Regimes book published by Thomson Reuters (2015). He was the chairman of the International Bar Association's section on business law from 2001 to 2003. He is also a member of the Brussels Bar and handles several competition cases out of the Brussels office.

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