France: Competition 2019

In this chapter we recognise 47 lawyers for their exceptional work advising clients on regulatory and criminal investigations as well as assisting with merger filings, abuse of dominance cases, state aid and cartel matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Olivier Billard Bredin Prat, Paris
2. Hugues Calvet  Bredin Prat, Paris 
3. Aurélien Condomines Aramis Société d’Avocats, Paris 
4. Marie-Cécile Rameau Bredin Prat, Paris 
5. Robert Saint-Esteben Bredin Prat, Paris
6. Didier Théophile Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris

Bredin Prat performs well this year with five lawyers recognised for their leading work in the competition arena.
Olivier Billard stands out as “one of the stars of the new generation” of leading competition lawyers. He enjoys a superb international reputation for his work handling merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance cases. 
Hugues Calvet is “a very big name in the market” according to respondents who endorse him as “a smart and very strong litigator”. His practice spans European and French-related competition matters.
Marie-Cécile Rameau is “really strong” on competition matters and is well versed in handling a range of matters including high-stakes litigation and cross-border M&A deals.
Robert Saint-Esteben is a long-standing fixture in the French market and is highly recommended for his extensive experience advising on French and European competition law and related litigation.
Pierre Honoré is “an outstanding lawyer” who is applauded by sources for his work on abuse of dominance and EU merger cases. He is recognised as “effective and a pleasure to work with”.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei achieves three listings here.
Philippe Guibert comes highly recommended for his “knowledge not only of the law but also of the practice” in the competition arena. He stands out for his “substantial arguments concerning very practical ways of solving competition and commercial matters”.
Emmanuel Durand is a firm favourite among clients who commend his “flexibility, rapidity and the accuracy of his advice”. He is singled out by sources for his “excellent expertise in the law as well as the practical process”.
Laure Givry gains widespread recognition for her strong practice that encompasses EU competition law, merger control and competition-related litigation.

At Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Didier Théophile is “an excellent practitioner” who is held in high regard for his expert handling of merger control and complex antitrust litigation.
Igor Simic receives plaudits from widespread sources for his high-quality competition practice. One respondent effuses: “He is one of the strongest lawyers of his generation.”

At Clifford Chance, David Tayar is highlighted as a “merger specialist” who is “easy to work with”. His practice encompasses merger control and an array of behavioural matters.
Michel Petite continues to impress sources with his excellent work on merger and state aid matters, as well as his “very thorough knowledge of EU institutions”.

Aurélien Condomines at Aramis Société d’Avocats is a leading name in the French competition market. His expertise spans antitrust compliance and related litigation.

Jérôme Philippe at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “clearly a big player in the market” according to sources. He is well known for his work on competition regulation and state aid matters.

At Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Co, Olivier du Juvigny is “very well known” among peers who consider him “extremely smart and talented”. They applaud his “strategic thinking” and consider him to be “in the top tier of lawyers”. 

Olivier Fréget at Fréget - Tasso de Panafieu is “an extremely talented lawyer” who “really thinks outside the box”, say respondents. He is recognised as “a very strong litigator” who “is extremely visible particularly in cases that deal with regulated sectors”.

Jacques-Philippe Gunther at Latham & Watkins is “an outstanding lawyer” who is regularly engaged in advising clients on merger control, damages claims and state aid matters.

Vogel & Vogel’s Joseph Vogel is “a top practitioner” in the French market who is highly sought after for his leading expertise in French and EU competition law.

At Linklaters Pierre Zelenko enjoys a strong international reputation for his excellence in the field of competition law. He is “a prominent figure in the market” who is esteemed for his “outstanding” work on merger control, state aid and cartel cases.

Florence Ninane at Allen & Overy “certainly deserves to be selected” say peers who consider her “a very good lawyer – no question”. Her expertise encompasses state aid, merger control and abuse of dominance cases.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Sergio Sorinas is “a rising antitrust specialist” who impresses market sources with his adept handling of behavioural and compliance matters as well as disputes.

Patrick Hubert at Orrick Rambaud Martel is “a brilliant lawyer” who is highlighted for his “excellent” work when it comes to compliance, abuse of dominance investigations and damages claims.

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