We assist our clients throughout the merger control procedures, advise them on how to ensure that their business is in compliance with competition law and we defend their interests before the relevant competition authorities.
Competition law is a fundamental consideration that concerns all market players, regardless of their size, and can impact businesses at different stages of their development. Whether it involves mergers and acquisitions transactions under merger law, or business activity regulated by anti-competitive practices, non-compliance with the rules can lead to high penalties, as competition authorities do not hesitate to impose heavy fines. Victims of anti-competitive practices can also claim damages for the harm suffered.
We provide advice and litigation assistance for antitrust issues and abuse of dominant position.
Working closely with the Corporate - M&A and Private Equity teams, we assist and advise companies in the merger control process, in particular exchanges of information, a clean-room and obligation to submit a merger notification. We notify transactions to the French authority. When the transaction is international, we use referral firms abroad who take charge of the notification procedure before the relevant authority in their jurisdiction.
We also assist our clients when they are involved in a competition investigation, either in France or at the European level, and defend their interests when they are facing legal proceedings before the competition authority.
Over the course of providing ongoing advice to our clients, whether drafting contracts or conducting acquisition audits, we also ensure that competition law issues are identified and resolved beforehand.
Finally, we defend our clients before the commercial courts, particularly when they are subjected to unfair competition or parasitic acts.