Olivier Fréget

Fréget (Paris)
Lawyer (Partner)

Olivier Fréget is the founding partner of Cabinet Fréget - Tasso de Panafieu (2014 - Present). Previously he was a partner at Allen & Overy Paris heading the Paris EU & Competition team (2005-2014). He has specialised in EU and competition law since the very beginning of his career in 1990; his experience covers abuse of dominant position (in particular pricing practices such as predation, tying, bundling, squeezes, raising rivals’ costs, etc.), anti-competitive agreements, state aids, French Law restrictive practices and merger control. He has led several high profile private enforcement cases before the Commercial Courts. He has also represented clients before the General Court in particular in the context of state aid cases and merger decisions. Olivier has renowned expertise in the sector of the network industries (telecommunications, energy), the media (TV and radio) and pharmaceutical sectors. He is regularly quoted as leading individual in major rankings such as Chambers Global and Legal 500.

Distinctions

Linked authors

Dirty Monty
Conseil départemental du Calvados
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Novartis (Basel)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Lagardère (Paris)
French State Council (Paris)
BPIFrance (Maisons-Alfort)

Videos

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Articles

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Alban Saget, Olivier Fréget The Paris Court of appeal confirms the NCA’s decision having fined two telecom operators for margin squeeze in the market for fixed to mobile lines calls (SFR-Cegetel / France Télécom)

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On 2 April 2008, the Paris Court of Appeal has found France Télécom and the SFR-Cegetel Group infringed Articles 82 EC and L. 420-2 of the French Code de commerce, as a result of the implementation of practices of margin squeeze, between April 1999 and the end of 2001, in the market for «Fixed to (...)

Fleur Herrenschmidt, Olivier Fréget The French Competition Council renders a landmark interim decision on competition between princeps and generics (Arrow / Schering-Plough)

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By a decision of 11 December 2007, the Competition Council issued yet another decision concerning the (difficult) competition between princeps and generics at the time when the latter enter a market which becomes accessible upon expiry of the former’s intellectual property rights. Although this (...)

Fleur Herrenschmidt, Olivier Fréget The French Supreme Administrative Court annuls a State’s decision discriminating the reimbursement’s rate between princeps and generic drugs (GlaxoSmithKline)

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1. The Regulatory Context: positive discrimination as a starting point and the TFR a possible end to it Sales of reimbursable medicines to consumers are heavily regulated in France, from the level of the pharmaceutical company manufacturing them all the way through to the ultimate individual (...)

Maria Hauser-Morel, Olivier Fréget A German law amends the Telecommunications Act putting at risk the liberalisation of European electronic communications (Law of 18 February 2007)

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This article refers to the recent amendments to the German Telecommunications Act introduced by a Law of 18 February 2007 on the modification of the telecommunications provisions (hereinafter: the “Law”) and aims at presenting the problems posed by the amendments from the point of view of EU (...)

Alban Saget, Maria Hauser-Morel, Olivier Fréget The French Supreme Administrative Court annuls a merger authorisation in the press sector (Société France Antilles)

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French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’État), 31 January 2007, Société France Antilles, n° 294896 Introduction On 31 January 2007 the French Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’État) handed down a judgement annulling a merger authorisation in the press sector. This decision is worthy of (...)

Olivier Fréget, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin The French Minister of Economics clears the merger between the two pay-TV operators with 59 commitments after consultation of both the audiovisual regulator and the French Competition Council (TPS / Canal Sat)

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On 30th August 2006, the French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (the Minister) authorised the merger between TPS and Canal Sat, the two satellite broadcasting and television service providers in France, after the parties entered into 59 commitments limiting the operation’s effect (...)

Mathieu Guennec, Olivier Fréget, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin The German telecommunications regulator imposes ex post price regulation on the incumbent in the retail fixed access and local and national voice calls markets in spite of critical comments of the EC Commission based on the Framework Directive (Deutsche Telekom)

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The decision of European Commission (the Commission ) is legally founded in article 7(3) of the 2002 Framework Directive on electronic communications networks and services (the “Framework Directive” ) which empowers the Commission, through its Society and Media, and Competition (...)

Olivier Fréget, Rachael Mooney The UK Department of Trade and Industry and HM Treasury makes an assesment of the concurrent powers of the NCA and the sectoral regulators to enforce competition law (DTI/HM Treasury Report, May 2006)

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The Purpose of the Study In May 2006, the UK government’s Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) and HM Treasury produced a Report (the “Report”) on the concurrent competition powers possessed by the UK’s sectoral regulators [Office of Gas and Electricitys Markets (Ofgem), Office of (...)

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Charlotte Tasso de Panafieu, Olivier Fréget, Sebastien Soriano Sébastien SORIANO, ARCEP: Let’s invent a "Robin Hood" regulation that returns power from the digital titans back to everybody!

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Interview conducted by Charlotte Tasso-de Panafieu and Olivier Fréget, lawyers, Fréget – Tasso de Panafieu, Paris. Depuis plusieurs années, au-delà ou en complément de votre mission de régulateur, vous avez alerté l’opinion avec quelques prises de position fortes quant aux dangers de “l’économie de (...)

Olivier Fréget Is respect of free and fair competition a finality or a tool?

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With the rise of the common market and the search for a competition law based on “sound economic principles” during the end of the twentieth century, we buried the now aged German ordo-liberal philosophy. This finality had as a purpose to maintain certain types of markets as a finality in itself. (...)

Bruno Lasserre, François Lévêque, Françoise Benhamou, Frédéric Jenny, Gildas de Muizon, Harry First, Mario Siragusa, Olivier Fréget, Thibaud Simphal Disruptive innovation, law and competition (Paris, 29 January 2016)

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L’innovation déplace aujourd’hui les positions établies d’un nombre croissant d’entreprises et d’industries. Les qualificatifs ne manquent pas pour souligner la puissance de ce phénomène : innovation drastique, innovation déstabilisante, innovation perturbatrice, innovation radicale, innovation de (...)

David Spector, Etienne Pfister, Olivier Fréget Predatory strategies

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This set of three papers is derived from the training session on the predatory strategies organised by Concurrences Review that has held on 5th July 2010 in Paris. The first paper is a short introduction of the Economist Etienne Pfister presenting the preemptive strategies and how these (...)

Marie Potel-Saville, Olivier Fréget The French Gambling Act: True competition?

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The French Gambling Act was initiated under a certain pressure from the European Commission, under the impulse of the Court of Justice case law, given that the compliance with EU law of the previous blanket prohibition in France of gambling apart from State monopolies, partly justified by the (...)

Anne de Cadaran, Christophe Barthélémy, Ines Zenke, Jean-Baptiste Siproudhis, Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, Jean-Paul Tran Thiet, Markus Kerber, Olivier Fréget, Philippe Redaelli Ten years of liberalisation of energy: Contrasted points of view

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The set of six articles covers a wide panel of points of views ten years after the 1999 EC Directive. Readers will be able to read the following contributions: 1. Point d’étape sur la réglementation applicable au marché de gros de l’énergie - Philippe Redaelli, Directeur juridique et financier, (...)

Fleur Herrenschmidt, Olivier Fréget Lobbying and Competition Law

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Both the efficiency and the legitimacy of sector-specific regulation rely on the guarantee that the relevant regulators have not been «captured» by those they are expected to regulate. The present article proceeds with a brief analysis, first, of the formal mechanisms that reduce the risks of (...)

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