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Competition & EU Lawyers

National and/or European competition authorities have extensive powers for controlling mergers and acquisitions, penalising anti-competitive agreements and practices and ensuring that state aid is compatible with European regulations. Those regulations can have serious consequences, including financial and reputational, for all types of organisation and their employees.

With a department consisting of two teams and approximately ten associates, we can offer you the advice you need, at national and European level, and assist you in your dealings with competition authorities. Our experts will help you verify the legal compliance of your operations and business practices and will assist you with any litigation in these areas.

Our services, tailored to your issues, are necessary for your projects to succeed in the following areas: merger control, antitrust law and abuse of a dominant position in the private and public sector, opening-up of monopolies to competition (regulated sectors), economic law and restrictive competitive practices, state aid, European law and free movement.

Any breach of these regulations is also likely to give rise to action for damages, which is increasingly common in the current economic and regulatory climate. Whether it's advice, the implementation of compliance or operational audit programmes, assistance with any dispute or complaint relating to the implementation of competition law or the compatibility of domestic law with EU law, we can provide our expertise.

We act for a wide variety of public and private operators and our business covers various sectors such as life sciences, consumer products, private equity, technology, media and electronic communications, energy and infrastructure projects.

"CMS' team of approximately ten associates offers a "very high level of service" and "has proven to be very committed to its clients"." - Legal 500 Paris 2015
"CMS provides a "very high level of services" in antitrust law and merger control as well as in distribution and regulation-related issues." - Legal 500 EMEA 2015

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Claire Vannini
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Claire joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats’s Regulatory & Competition Department in 2002 and became a partner in 2015. She specialises in EU/competition law, pharmaceutical law and public law. She cu...
Denis Redon
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Denis joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1990 and became a partner in 2004. His practice encompasses all areas of EU and French competition law. He frequently oversees merger notification...
Nathalie Pétrignet
Nathalie Petrignet
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Nathalie joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1989 and became a partner in 2009. She is actively involved in national and European competition law, restrictive practices, commercial negotiations ...
Virginie Coursiere-Pluntz
Virginie Coursiere-Pluntz
Coun­sel
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Virginie Coursière-Pluntz is a lawyer in the Competition and European Law Department. She is mainly involved in competition law (antitrust, merger control, abusive practices in commercial ...
Elisabeth Flaicher-Maneval
Elisabeth Flaicher-Maneval
Coun­sel
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Elisabeth Flaicher-Maneval joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in May 1989.
Guillaume Melot
As­so­ci­ate
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Guillaume joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2018. His practice covers all aspect of European and national competition law (cartels, abuse of dominant position, merger control and state...
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Marie-Clémence Cicile
As­so­ci­ate
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Marie-Clémence has joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in November 2016, after several years in the Customs department of Arsene Taxand (Paris). Her area of expertise includes all aspects of customs l...
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Maeva Rancoeur
As­so­ci­ate
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Maeva has joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2015, in the Customs department. Her area of expertise includes all aspects of customs law and international trade such as customs value, origin, ...
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Amaury Le Bourdon
As­so­ci­ate
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Amaury Le Bourdon is a lawyer in the Competition and European Law Department since November 2013. He is mainly involved in competition and distribution law (antitrust, restrictive practices, merger ...
Eleni Moraitou
Eleni Moraïtou
As­so­ci­ate
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Eleni is a member of the Competition and European Law team since May 2011. Her practice focuses on issues related to the public sector and to the intervention in the market of public operators as...