GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Vogel & Vogel

17 January 2011

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.

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