Xavier Boutin

Xavier Boutin
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Who's Who Legal Competition: Economists

Xavier Boutin is a founding partner of Positive Competition. He has 15 years of experience in economic and econometric modelling for the analysis of competition cases, business strategies and the evaluation of public policies.

Xavier advises clients in the context of merger, state aid and antitrust proceedings in front of the European Commission and national competition authorities. His most recent experiences involve vertical and horizontal mergers, exclusionary and exploitative abuses, information exchanges, cartel overcharge analysis in sectors such as high technology (including pharmaceutical and IT), internet platforms, online and offline retail, media, publishing, basic and manufacturing industries, FMCG, agriculture and finance. Xavier has also testified as an expert in commercial litigation.

Prior to founding Positive Competition and joining consulting, Xavier spent almost eight years in the chief economist team of the European Commission’s DG Competition. He was involved in a wide variety of high level antitrust, merger and state aid cases (including in front of the ECJ), as well as policy issues (including the 102 guidance paper and the 101 horizontal guidelines). Xavier contributed to many policy initiatives in the food chain and competitiveness of the European Industry and was involved in the State Aid Modernization, in particular R&D&I, Regional Aid and evaluation. 

Xavier also worked as a research fellow at INSEE in France. A graduate from the École Polytechnique, he also holds a degree from ENSAE and a PhD in economics from EHESS (Paris School of Economics). Xavier is currently an adjunct professor and research fellow at ULB, and a founder and board member of l’Entente, the association of French antitrust practitioners in Brussels.

WWL says: Xavier Boutin is a “very talented” practitioner who is “great to work with”, praise peers. His expertise spans merger proceedings and abuse of dominance cases.

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