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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).

Foreign Investment Review 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jacques Buhart draws praise for his "strong practice", which specialises in cross-border mergers, acquisitions and foreign direct investments.

Biography

Jacques Buhart concentrates on mergers and acquisitions and EU competition matters. He has represented several international companies in their investment in France. In the green field area, Jacques represented Toyota Motor Corporation in the establishment of its manufacturing plant in Valenciennes which produces today about 270,000 cars with about 4000 employees. Recently Jacques has represented a Scandinavian tech company in its acquisition of a French target which required negotiations with the French Ministry of Finances for foreign investment clearance. Over the last years Jacques has also represented various foreign companies closing their plants in France.  

Jacques Buhart has been a visiting professor 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 M&A and French securities laws.

National Leader

France - Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jacques Buhart is "very experienced" at handling the competition aspects of high-value cross-border M&A deals.

Biography

Jacques 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; Cellnex as intervening party in the creation of the joint venture INWIT between Vodafone and Telecom Italia in the telecom tower industry; and has handled many other second-phase cases.

In the cartel area at the EU level, Jacques Buhart advised 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 international cartel case, and in several cartel investigations in France for GEA and Kuehne + Nagel, among others.

On the litigation side, Jacques Buhart represented Cascades in the carton board cartel case at the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice; 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. He also represented the IBA as intervening party in the Akzo legal privilege case.

On the compliance side, Jacques 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.

Jacques 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).

France - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jacques Buhart is held in high esteem for his excellence in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. 

Biography

Jacques 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; Cellnex as intervening party in the creation of the joint venture INWIT between Vodafone and Telecom Italia in the telecom tower industry; and has handled many other second-phase cases.

In the cartel area at the EU level, Jacques Buhart advised 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 international cartel case, and in several cartel investigations in France for GEA and Kuehne + Nagel, among others.

On the litigation side, Jacques Buhart represented Cascades in the carton board cartel case at the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice; 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. He also represented the IBA as intervening party in the Akzo legal privilege case.

On the compliance side, Jacques 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.

Jacques 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).

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