Region: France

French enforcer considers failing firm defence in furniture retail deal

France’s Competition Authority has opened an in-depth review into Mobilux Group’s acquisition of struggling furniture retailer Conforama France, although local lawyers believe it will be difficult for the companies to convince the authority to accept their failing firm defence.

16 September 2021

MWE strengthens in Paris with hire from Latham & Watkins

Frédéric Pradelles has joined McDermott Will & Emery’s antitrust team as a partner in Paris.

15 September 2021

Community round-up: Addleshaw Goddard launches French competition practice

Brattle Group and Addleshaw Goddard have bolstered their respective competition teams with lateral hires in Brussels and Paris, while Levy & Salomão has named a new partner in Brasília.

03 September 2021

France greenlights toy store takeover with structural remedies

France’s Competition Authority has cleared a deal that will save toy retailer Maxi Toys from bankruptcy, subject to the buyer divesting three of the 95 purchased stores.

13 August 2021

Messi transfer would be illegal under EU competition rules, complaint alleges

A complaint lodged on behalf of fans of FC Barcelona to the European Commission has claimed that footballer Lionel Messi’s expected transfer to Paris Saint-Germain FC breaches EU competition and state aid rules.

09 August 2021

BeIN Sports turns to EU in French football dispute

BeIN Sports has complained to the EU’s competition authority that the French professional football league’s broadcasting agreement with Amazon discriminates in favour of the technology company and distorts the market by undervaluing broadcasting rights.

05 August 2021

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

France launches second market definition test during a merger review

France’s Competition Authority has opened a public consultation to determine the correct relevant market applying to its investigation of a deal in the temperature-controlled goods transport sector.

29 July 2021

Gide grows in France with partner promotion

Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted counsel Laura Castex to partner in its Paris office.

28 July 2021

Orange and SFR settle French follow-on claim

Orange and its rival SFR have settled a follow-on damages dispute in France after the country’s antitrust authority fined the former €350 million in 2015 for discriminatory practices in the mobile and fixed-line telecommunications markets.

22 July 2021

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