France: Joint Ventures

Under both European and French law, the competitive assessment of joint ventures is at a crossroads between merger control and antitrust law. Depending on the ‘full-function’ character of the operation, a joint venture can be subject to either merger control or a general antitrust assessment. The following chapter focuses on the specifics of French competition law regarding joint ventures. A general analysis of French merger control and restrictive agreements regimes can be found in the relevant chapter of this book.