Franck Audran is a partner in the Competition & International Trade practice. He joined Gide in 2007 and started his career in the Bucharest office before joining the Economic and European Law team in the Paris office. Franck was also seconded to our Budapest office, which he co-managed from 2014-2015.
Franck specialises in French and EU competition law (cartels, dominant positions, merger control). He assists our clients in litigation proceedings in France, whether before the French Competition Authority (cartels and abuse of dominant positions) or the Commercial Court (compensation claims, restrictive competition practices, etc.).
He also acts in complex merger transactions, some of which require commitments and/or the opening of an in-depth investigation phase, whether before the French Competition Authority, the Commission or the national competition authorities of EU Member States (Romania, Greece, Poland, etc.) or outside the EU (China, Korea, Brazil, Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, etc.).
Franck has also acquired extensive experience in antitrust litigation before the French Competition Authority (household appliances case, milk supply case, rendering case, BPA case) and in private enforcement before the commercial courts (hygiene products case, zinc case and Google ADX case).
He holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in business law and economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2005) and a Master's degree in European law from the University of Erlangen, Germany (2004).
« Another strength of the firm is in follow-on damages claims, overseen by Franck Audran and Laura Castex. The agroindustry is a key sector for the firm, with Audran, Castex and members of the Brussels team defending multiple clients against an FCA statement of objections, while FCA investigations is another area of experience. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - EU - Competition & Distribution
« Franck Audran moves up in the rankings thanks to impressive feedback and a broad portfolio of work. He frequently represents clients in investigations before the French Competition Authority and in follow-on damages claims. He also has experience advising on merger control filings and acting for third-party interveners on opposing possible clearances. »
Chambers Europe 2023 - Competition/European Law
« Franck Audran frequently represents clients in claim for damages and merger control filings. He also advises clients on vertical agreements. »
Chambers Europe 2022 - Competition/European Law
« Franck Audran enters the rankings on the strength of his growing reputation in the market. He frequently represents clients in claim for damages and also advises on vertical agreements. He is described by one impressed market peer as a 'very energetic individual.' »
Chambers Europe 2021