Lenz & Staehelin (Geneva)

Benoît Merkt

Lenz & Staehelin (Geneva)
Lawyer (Partner)

Benoît Merkt qualified in Neuchâtel in 1994 and in Geneva since 1999. His practice areas are competition and commercial law as well as international non-profit organizations. Benoît is head of the competition group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He speaks French, English and German. He has been research fellow in European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern. He holds a doctorate in law from Neuchâtel University and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. He is lecturer in competition law at the University of Geneva and in the Master in International Law and Economics at the University of Bern.

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17332 Bulletin

Benoît Merkt, Marcel Meinhardt, Astrid Waser, Sevan Antreasyan The Swiss Federal Supreme Court rules that agency privilege will not protect firms from liability for exclusivity agreements partitioning the domestic market (Les Editions Flammarion)


The Federal Supreme Court published its judgment regarding Les Editions Flammarion SA in the book market case and excludes the application of the agency privilege to exclusivity clauses partitioning the Swiss market. Investigation of the French-language book market Following an investigation (...)

Benoît Merkt, Olivier Riesen The Swiss Parliament adopts an in-depth revision of the Competition Act aiming to update and further adapt national competition legislation to EU competition law (Revised Federal Act on cartels and other restraints of competition)


I. Introduction The aim of this paper is to provide background information about Swiss competition law to which readers will be able to refer in the context of the e-Competitions project. As a reminder, Switzerland is neither a member of the European Union (EU) nor a member of the European (...)

21533 Review

Ana Barros Feiteira, Angie Ng, Benoît Merkt, Camilla Jain Holtse, Christian Hagerman, Christian Nielsen, David T. Fischer, Dieter Hauck, Graeme Edgerton, Inigo Igartua, Kiri Tahana, Lesley Farrell, Martijn Snoep, Martin Klusmann, Massimo Merola, Michael Reiss, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Nathan J. Muyskens, Nick Taylor, Rayan Houdrouge, Sara Lembo, Serge Bourque, Shreeya Smith, Suzanne Kingston, Teresa Lorca Morales, Tommy Pettersson Digital evidence searches in competition investigations: Best Practices for effective fundamental rights Results of an international survey among defense lawyers


Un programme de recherche international regroupant des avocats de la défense a été constitué sous l’égide de Concurrences afin de comparer les protections mises en place dans 15 régimes différents pour assurer le respect des droits fondamentaux dans le cadre des investigations informatiques. Une (...)

Benoît Merkt Switzerland: Vertical Agreements


Swiss Competition Commission (ComCo), 2 July 2007, Revised communication on the assessment of vertical agreements (Communication sur les accords verticaux du 2 juillet 2007), not yet available in English I. Introduction 1. On July 2nd, 2007, the Swiss Competition Commission (the “ComCo”) (...)

Benoît Merkt, Christian Bovet, Constantine Partasides, Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, François Knoepfler, Laurence Burger, Laurence Idot Arbitration, competition law and public order


EC Regulation n° 1/2003 increased the role of arbitrators, ordinary law judges of competition, in the same way than states judges. The meeting between arbitration and competition law nonetheless arises some particular issues due to a natural antagonism between the public order character of (...)


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