GCR 100 - 20th Edition

De Pardieu Brocas Maffeï

14 January 2020

France

Partners Philippe Guibert and Emmanuel Durand lead the competition practice of highly respected French full-service law firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, supported by three counsel and four associates. The team has acted in high-profile and innovative merger cases, as well as a range of behavioural matters.

In merger control, the team acted for food producer Dr. Oetker in its acquisition of Alsa. The case involved the first decision with a fix-it-first solution, as France’s competition authority in January 2019 accepted that licensing a trademark to rival Saint Lucie would remedy its competition concerns about the Dr. Oetker/Alsa tie-up. The firm is assisting state-owned insurer CNP in its sale to La Banque Postale. In June 2019, the authority gave the go-ahead for state-owned investment firm CDC to transfer its stake in the insurance company to the banking arm of La Poste, to create a central state-owned financier and insurer. The team has also advised retail and automotive distribution group GBH on its acquisition of overseas retailer Vindemia from Casino.

In behavioural work, the firm is assisting Société Générale in the interchange fees cartel before France’s Supreme Court, as well as a major dairy producer in the dairy milk products cartel. It is also acting for Booking.com in an investigation of the online travel agency and litigation before the national competition authority and courts. Also in follow-on litigation, the team is advising MAN and Volkswagen in a damages action related to the Trucks cartel case. The firm recently secured the rejection of an interim measures application against RUBIS Oil Group for alleged abuse of dominance.

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