GCR 100 - 13th Edition

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

05 December 2012

France

A mark of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s quality is the fact that both co-heads of the antitrust practice are nominated to Who’s Who Legal. Laure Givry and Philippe Guibert both garner praise for developing an effective practice.

As with many of the leading antitrust firms, De Pardieu is advising on the interbank fee cartel proceedings. Guibert represents Société Générale, and Paris’ Court of Appeal recently annulled the authority’s €385 million issued to 11 banks. The firm also advised Solairedirect on an abuse of dominance complaint against EDF, in which Guibert obtained interim measures.

De Pardieu is taking on increasing amounts of merger work, most notably acting for Groupe Vermandoise in its tie-up with Cristal Union to create France’s second-largest sugar company. The authority cleared the deal at the first phase. The firm also advised Agrial in its merger with Elle & Vire in the milk sector, which was approved with commitments, and is acting for Arjowiggins in its merger with Munksjö before DG Comp.

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