Vogel & Vogel is yet another independent firm in the top tier. Brothers Joseph and Louis Vogel - both Who’s Who nominees - founded the firm in 1990. The boutique, which specialises solely in competition, has the largest competition team in France, with two partners, 22 associates and eight of counsel. The brothers never make lateral hires, preferring to hire trainees that work their way up the ranks. The firm mostly handles litigation and behavioural matters, although it also does some merger work.
Vogel & Vogel represented Bouygues Télécom in a landmark case against Apple and Orange before the Competition Council and the Court of Appeal, where Orange was eventually forced to give up its exclusive contract with Apple to distribute the iPhone. France is the only country so far in which such a case has been successful. It also successfully defended Mattel and Playmobil against allegations that they had participated in a cartel to fix resale prices for Christmas toys.
In the transport sector, the firm acted for ferry company SNCM after a complaint that it was abusing its dominant position in the provision of ferry services between Marseille and Corsica. It is also representing TV channel TF1 in a case involving access to pay-TV channels, and Shiseido in a case alleging price-fixing in the cosmetics industry.
Vogel & Vogel
Established in France in 1990, Vogel and Vogel currently employs 33 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 French, English, and German 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 81 or 82 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.
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