According to Philippe Guibert and Laure Givry, co-heads of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei's competition practice, the firm saw a surge in antitrust litigation work over the past 12 months.
Guibert established the practice six years ago, but despite its relative youth it is handling some high profile cases. The firm is acting for Société Générale before the competition authority in a major antitrust case. It has also advised solar power company Solaire Direct on an abuse of dominance complaint lodged against energy group EDF, in which Guibert obtained interim measures from the authority. Many other cases before the authority remain confidential, but span the sugar, copper tube manufacturing, pharmaceutical and cereal sectors. Both Guibert and Givry are Who's Who nominees. They are supported by five associates, one of whom was recruited in June.
On the merger side, the team advised Mitsubishi on its joint venture with nuclear power company Areva, Crédit Agricole before the European Commission on its purchase of private hospital operator Proclif Group and chemical storage company Rubis on its acquisition of Total and Shell's assets in France.
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