GCR 100 - 12th Edition

De Pardieu Brocas Maffeï

27 January 2012

France

Philippe Guibert and Laure Givry are co-heads of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s competition practice, which was established by Guibert in 2004. They say the firm has taken on an increasing number of merger control cases over the past year.

De Pardieu is advising Agrial in its tie-up with Elle & Vire, a merger in the milk sector that was approved with remedies. The firm also acted in the oil deal between Chevron and Rubis, and is representing paper company Arjowiggins in its merger with Munskjo, which has been notified to the European Commission.

The firm is acting for Société Générale in an antitrust case brought by the competition authority over credit card interchange fees. It has also advised solar power company Solaire Direct on an abuse of dominance complaint lodged against energy group EDF, in which Guibert obtained interim measures from the authority. Many other cases before the authority remain confidential, but span the sugar, copper tube manufacturing, pharmaceutical and cereal sectors. Both Guibert and Givry are Who’s Who Legal nominees. They are supported by five associates, one of whom was recruited in June.

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