Claude Rakovsky

DG COMP (Brussels)
Chief of Unit (DG COMP)

Claude Rakovsky has served for most of his career as an official in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission. In the last decade he has been in charge, as a head of unit, of the review of some of the major merger projects filed with the European Commission under the EC Merger Regulation. A considerable number of these proposed transactions, of worldwide dimension, (Worldcom/MCI, Worldcom/Sprint, Exxon/Mobil, BP/Amoco/Arco, Price Waterhouse/Cooper, United/USAir, Procter&Gamble/Gillette, Johnson&Johnson/Guidant and many others) were reviewed in parallel by the US antitrust agencies, which gave rise to close Transatlantic cooperation. Earlier in his career Claude Rakovsky served, within the Directorate General for Competition as the head of unit in charge of international relations. In this position he was the main negotiator for antitrust cooperation agreements between EU and third countries, including the 1995 Agreement between the Government of the United States and the Commission regarding the application of their competition laws. Claude Rakovsky is Head of the Unit "Antitrust and Merger Policy and Scrutiny".

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University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
Baker McKenzie (Dusseldorf)
DG FISMA (Brussels)
European Commission - DG CLIMA
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)

Articles

1134 Bulletin

Alexander Kopke, Claude Rakovsky, Manuel Godinho de Matos, Paul Shiels, Peter Ohrlander The European Commission issues a communication on how the EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in the EU

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"EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in EU"* According to a recent Commission report Regulation 139/2004 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’) has contributed to more efficient merger control within the EU since it came into force on 1 May 2004. Its turnover thresholds (...)

Alexander Schaub, Claude Rakovsky, Henri Piffaut, Peter De Luyck The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, a merger between two leading French oil companies (TotalFina/Elf Aquitaine)

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"The case TotalFina / Elf Aquitaine: preserving a contestable and competitive market in an industry that is of a particularly sensitive nature to the consumer"* On 24 August 1999 the Commission was notified of the proposed acquisition by TotalFina of Elf Aquitaine. These two companies are the (...)

Brona Carton, Claude Rakovsky, Stefaan Depypere, Thinam Jakob The European Commission agrees to render public a report prepared by an independent group of experts concerning competition policy in the new trade order

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"Report of group of experts on competition policy in the new trade order"* The successful conclusion of the Uruguay Round negotiations in December 1993 and the gradual reduction of state imposed trade barriers has put the spotlight firmly on related areas which could have the effect of (...)

4356 Review

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