France: Competition 2018

This year we highlight 43 competition law experts who stand out for their excellent work advising prominent French and international clients on a wide range of competition law matters, including merger control, state aid and cartels.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Olivier Billard Bredin Prat, Paris
2. Marie-Cécile Rameau Bredin Prat, Paris
3. Hugues Calvet Bredin Prat, Paris
4. David Tayar Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
5. Robert Saint-Esteben Bredin Prat, Paris

BREDIN PRAT boasts a leading domestic and European competition law practice and sees five exceptional individuals highlighted this year for their work in the space.
The “brilliant” Olivier Billard is an eminent practitioner in the competition law space, and is described as “one of the top in his generation” by commentators. He is renowned for his market-leading practice, focusing on areas such as merger control, state aid and antitrust litigation.
Marie-Cécile Rameau is regarded by respondents as “an excellent technician”, and is warmly endorsed for her top-tier work on a number of high-profile competition cases.
Sources describe Hugues Calvet as “one of the standout practitioners in the market”. He is “very prominent” in the competition law space thanks to his impressive knowledge of antitrust litigation.
Robert Saint-Esteben is a key figure in the market who is internationally regarded as a specialist in French and European competition law. One respondent effuses: “He is one of the most prominent names in competition law in France.”
Pierre Honoré is recognised for his first-class competition law practice and is particularly well regarded for his expert knowledge of merger control investigations and abuse of dominance cases.

Independent business law firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI sees three leading practitioners recognised for their expertise in competition law.
“Star practitioner” Philippe Guibert is “unquestionably one of the best competition lawyers in France”, according to one commentator, who commends his top-tier work in the space.
The “outstanding” Laure Givry is a well-respected name in the French market who comes highly recommended for her expertise in proceedings relating to merger control and distribution law.
Emmanuel Durand is “an excellent lawyer” who is commended for his specialist knowledge of merger control matters. He is a particular favourite among clients from the sport and media sectors.

Two standout practitioners are recommended from DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER in this edition.
Igor Simic is regarded as “one of the top practitioners in the market” by sources who are quick to praise his “excellent” track record handling complex cartel procedures.
Didier Théophile is “a top practitioner” who is particularly “prominent in the merger control space”. He regularly represents domestic and international clients before the European and French competition authorities in complex antitrust proceedings.

The “outstanding” David Tayar at CLIFFORD CHANCE is “a leader in the field” according to interviewees, who applaud his vast experience handling sophisticated merger control investigations.

Pierre Zelenko at LINKLATERS is “a heavyweight in the market” who earns recognition for his superb handling of complex competition issues including cartel investigations, vertical restraints and state aid.

Florence Ninane of ALLEN & OVERY “stands out” for her specialist knowledge of distribution law matters. She is also recognised as a seasoned litigator, and regularly represents major clients in antitrust proceedings before the domestic and European competition authorities.

Maria Trabucchi at BDGS ASSOCIÉS is “a famous competition lawyer”, according to sources who commend her first-class practice. She advises French and international companies on all aspects of competition law including state aid, merger control and abuse of dominance cases.

Nathalie Jalabert-Doury of MAYER BROWN is a “brilliant” competition lawyer, according to commentators. She is highly recommended by clients who appreciate her “fast, precise and customer-oriented service”.

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER’s Jacques-Philippe Gunther is “unquestionably a star” according to one impressed peer. He is regularly engaged in advising high-profile clients on cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the French and European competition authorities.

Aurélien Condomines at ARAMIS SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS is held in high regard by international sources thanks to his vast experience advising companies across a wide range of industry sectors on complex distribution law matters.

Joseph Vogel of VOGEL & VOGEL is “a leading practitioner in the competition law sector” and is internationally recognised as “an outstanding lawyer” in the space.

The “excellent” Jérôme Philippe at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER leads the firm’s antitrust and competition team in France and gains widespread recognition for his “excellent technical skills” as well as his ability to “stay calm under pressure”.

Antoine Choffel at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is regarded as “a very impressive practitioner” by sources. He regularly represents domestic and international companies before the competition authorities in a range of matters including cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases.

Sergio Sorinas at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is “a prominent figure in the market” who is often called upon to advise clients on a vast array of competition matters from distribution and cooperation agreements to state aid and merger filings.

The “brilliant” Olivier Fréget of FRÉGET - TASSO DE PANAFIEU is “a highly respected practitioner” in the international marketplace who is renowned for his extensive knowledge and technical expertise when it comes to antitrust regulatory matters.

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