Competition, regulation & distribution

We provide services in all areas of competition law and provide both strategic advice and assistance in litigation, to French and foreign companies or public entities.

We help our clients integrate in an optimal way all the requirements of competition law in order to consolidate their commercial development strategies and, if need be, to avoid incurring heavy financial penalties.

Our technical expertise is further reinforced by privileged relationships with major players in the area of competition law, among which the French Competition Authority, the DG Comp at the European Commission, sector-specific regulatory authorities, and competition economists.

KEYS AREAS

Anti-competitive practices

  • Identifying anticompetitive practices: cartels, abuse of a dominant position, abuse of dependancy
  • Drafting compliance programs to meet competition law requirements
  • Assistance in litigation proceedings
  • Experience in alternative dispute resolution procedures (leniency, commitments, settlements)
  • Assistance in implementing commitments and orders from competition authorities
  • Assistance in actions for damages for anti-competitive practices

Merger Control

  • Analysis of the requirement for notification of any merger, acquisition or creation of a joint-venture
  • Filing notifications to the French Competition authority or the European Commission
  • Assistance to the filing of notifications in states that do not belong to the EU, with the help of our “best friends”

State Aids

  • Assistance to determine whether any subsidy or other advantage granted by public entities should qualify as state aid
  • Filing notification of aids to the European Commission
  • Assisting private entities in respect of complaints filed with the European Commission

Regulation and liberalisation

  • Provision of advice to incumbent operators in their diversification activities and on the practices implemented in a context of liberalisation
  • Assistance of new entrants on liberalised markets
  • Regulatory or litigation procedures before sector-specific authorities

Distribution and consumer law

  • Drafting partnership or distribution agreements
  • Assistance in reorganizing distribution networks
  • Implementation and follow-up of exclusivity agreements
  • Advertising campaigns, lotteries
  • Advertising agreements, with advertising agencies or advertisers