Founded 20 years ago by brothers Louis and Joseph Vogel, competition boutique Vogel & Vogel has the largest practice in Paris, comprising 34 antitrust specialists.
The brothers remain the only partners at the firm, but eight members of the team are specialist counsel. Louis Vogel is also now president of the University of Paris.
The firm has an impressive client roster, and Joseph Vogel says it has attracted new clients in the past 12 months, including chemical group Rhodia, retailer FNAC and financing company Toyota Finance. "Clients hear about our reputation and like the stability and personal nature of our working methods," he says. "We are an attractive alternative to the large international law firms that demand equally large fees." The firm has extensive experience in antitrust litigation.
The practice advised Bouygues Télécom in the Competition Authority's exclusivity case against Apple's iPhone and Orange. The two offered commitments to the authority that were accepted in January. It continued to advise television broadcaster TF1 in a case centred on exclusive distribution agreements in the pay-TV market, and also represents Shiseido in the perfume case - France's Supreme Court reinstated the authority's decision following an annulment last year by the appeals court. The firm secured success for a complainant in an online discount coupon case alleging HighCo and Sogec imposed unfair conditions. The authority accepted commitments from the companies in June.
On the merger side, Vogel & Vogel handled the work for France Champignon Group in its acquisition by Bonduelle Group, which was cleared unconditionally in March.
Vogel & Vogel
Established in France in 1990, Vogel and Vogel currently employs 34 lawyers. It specialises in EU and French competition law, distribution law, product liability and automobile law, and is active in French, European and international business base. The firm is known for being the largest competition team on the market and for its high-level of know-how across a broad spectrum of competition and distribution activity. Vogel & Vogel is also well-known for its broad experience in all matters concerning the automotive industry.
Of international standing, with English, French, German, Polish and Portuguese as working languages and offices located in Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt, it is experienced in all forms of litigation before administrative boards and both French and Community Courts. This solid experience has enabled the firm to advise and represent blue-chip clients acting in various major sectors.
At a European level, the firm advises and represents clients on matters of competition law, selective distribution agreements, validity of exclusive distribution contracts, supply agreements, franchise and agency contracts, actions based on article 101 or 102 of the Treaty, and coordinates mergers notifications.
In France, the firm advises and represents clients on matters such as abuse of dominant positions or economic dependence, rules on buying power, mergers, general conditions of sales, bankruptcy law, intellectual property, misleading advertising, product liability, and criminal responsibility of directors. It also advises clients in all areas of distribution contracts such as negotiation, performance, assignment and termination of the contract as well as in actions arising out of distribution contracts.
Vogel & Vogel is a boutique firm praised for its outstanding expertise and high experience.
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