GCR 100 - 17th Edition

De Pardieu Brocas Maffeï

10 January 2017

France

Four specialist competition partners, one senior associate and six associates make up the DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI practice, an independent French firm with a roster of competition work. Emmanuel Durand joined partners Philippe Guibert and Laure Givry in September 2016 from Clifford Chance. Regulatory partner Christine Le Bihan-Graf and one regulatory associate also assist the competition team.

The firm continues to represent Booking.com before France’s Competition Authority and the Paris commercial court, putting it on the front lines of one of the most contentious European cases in recent years. Behavioural work, litigation and appeals are clearly a strength: Guibert has represented Société Générale in the Cartes Bancaires European appeal – which has so far seen a loss in the General Court, a precedent-setting ruling by the ECJ that admonished the lower court for shoving the case into the by-object box, and a second, effects-based ruling in the General Court. The firm also assisted a major Swiss operator in a French pork butchery investigation. In merger control, the team represented a third party in the Coty/Procter & Gambledeal.

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