The specific characteristics and the constant changes in regulations require a responsive team that is capable of handling all economic law issues, in particular those relating to competition and international trade.
Gide relies on the best practitioners in these fields, i.e. over 70 lawyers in its Paris, Brussels, Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia offices who are dedicated to this area of law. Our teams demonstrate perfect knowledge of the local legal, economic and political contexts and are in constant direct contact with national and European authorities. In those countries in which Gide has no physical presence, our teams work hand-in-hand with leading local law firms (in particular firms that are members of the Alliance and the Lex Mundi networks).
Offers specialist knowledge of competition issues, such as merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, private enforcement and vertical restraints. Lawyers also have economic skills highly valuable in the assessment of competition law matters. Links with the firm's international network allow the team to take a strongly integrated approach to its work across a range of industry sectors. Interviewees emphasise the team's capacity to think outside the box, and comment: 'Gide's competition team stands out from the other firms with its potential for innovation and its capacity to be creative and to provide tailor-made solutions for each legal issue.' They add: 'It also should be underlined that all the team members are very responsive; even at very short notice, they always find a solution to bring you a smart and pragmatic answer.'
Chambers Europe 2017
Thanks to its specialists in economic law, Gide is in a position to offer the most suitable response to the often complex issues its clients encounter when developing their business (antitrust, merger control, European control of state aid, state monopolies and deregulation, international trade, distribution law, consumer and advertising law, whether on a local, European or international level). Our teams’ extensive know-how, both in litigation and in an advisory capacity, enables them to offer practical, bespoke and innovative solutions to their clients.
We regularly act in arbitrations, before national and European competition authorities, and before national, European and international courts, and assist our clients in investigations by regulators.
Our steady experience in the field has led us to advise a number of prominent companies in a variety of sectors, such as financial services, transport, telecommunications, distribution, luxury goods, energy, media and the agro-foods industry. We have also developed in-depth knowledge of the specifics pertaining to these activities, and the related sector regulation.
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Gide Loyrette Nouel is representing many blue-chip French corporations facing domestic antitrust proceedings. The ‘technical and available’ team is involved in a number of cartel and other anti-competitive practice cases. It represented BPCE before the Court of Appeal in the cheque image clearing system case. The practice also handles distribution, private enforcement and merger control work. The team is led by Joëlle Salzmann, Emmanuel Reille, Dimitri Dimitrov and Antoine Choffel, ‘a smart lawyer who has in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge’.
Gide Loyrette Nouel’s team ‘thinks outside the box’ across the competition law spectrum. Laurent Godfroid recently acted for Thales as a third party in the merger notification concerning the acquisition of Arianespace by Safran and Airbus. Benoît Le Bret is representing WESTBahn as the complainant in a case involving alleged Article 101 and 102 (cartel and abuse of dominance) breaches by ÖBB, and also as the complainant in a state aid matter involving the same railway operator. Stéphane Hautbourg and Olivier Prost are other names to note.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Offers specialist knowledge of competition issues such as merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, private enforcement and vertical restraints. Links with the firm's international network allow the team to take a strongly integrated approach to its work across a range of industry sectors.
Chambers Europe 2016
Gide runs a comprehensive practice that is ‘able to innovate’ and ‘make complex issues simple’. The 22-lawyer team has strong expertise in the retail and banking areas.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016