Charles Saumon

Hewlett Packard (Boulogne-Billancourt)
Juriste d’entreprise

Admitted to the Paris Bar in February 2006, Charles Saumon specializes in the field of competition law and is particularly active in the following domains: merger control, anti-competitive practices (cartels, abuses of dominant position), distribution agreements and relationships between suppliers and distributors. Charles is also competent in general EU law and deals with regulatory matters (gaming and betting, energy, automotive, REACH) as well as with consumer law. He is a member of AFEC since 2006.

Linked authors

Simmons & Simmons (Paris)
Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent (Paris)
Christian Louboutin
Affinion International (London)
Fieldfisher (Paris)

Articles

85609 Bulletin

Charles Saumon, Iphigénie Fossati-Kotz The French Competition Authority accepts commitments in relation to exclusivity agreements in the multi-brand gift cards sector (Accentiv’Kadéos)

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In its decision N°11-D-08 dated 27 April 2011, the French Competition Authority (the «Competition Authority«) accepted the commitments offered by Accentiv’Kadéos in relation to exclusivity agreements between it and its partner brands in the multi-brand gift cards sector. Background On August 2009, (...)

Charles Saumon, Iphigénie Fossati-Kotz The French Competition Authority fines four companies for bid rigging in the painting services sector for naval equipment and engineering structures (Philippe Lassarat, Prezioso-Technilor, Grivetto, Sorespi Bretagne)

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In its decision dated 24 February 2011, the French Competition Authority (the "Competition Authority") considered that four companies had concluded anticompetitive arrangements between 2005 and 2006 by fixing their prices to respond to procurements launched in the painting services sector for (...)

Charles Saumon, Iphigénie Fossati-Kotz The French Competition Authority fines four companies for bid rigging in the painting services sector for naval equipment and engineering structures (Philippe Lassarat, Prezioso-Technilor, Grivetto, Sorespi Bretagne)

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In its decision dated 24 February 2011, the French Competition Authority (the "Competition Authority") considered that four companies had concluded anticompetitive arrangements between 2005 and 2006 by fixing their prices to respond to procurements launched in the painting services sector for (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The French Supreme Court quashes the ruling of the Paris Court of Appeal relating to the exclusive distribution agreements of iPhones (Orange-Apple)

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In a ruling dated 16 February 2010, the French Supreme Court (the "Supreme Court") quashed the ruling of the Paris Court of Appeal (the "Court of appeal") relating to the exclusive arrangements between Orange France (a subsidiary of France Telecom) and Apple for the distribution of iPhones in (...)

Charles Saumon, Pierre de Montalembert The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the fines imposed in a collective boycotting case and its strict case law on standard of proof (Defibrillators)

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On 8 April 2009, the Paris Court of Appeal (the "Court") confirmed the decision of the French Competition Council (the "Authority") dated 19 December 2007 to fine five of the world’s leading implantable heart defibrillator manufacturers (Biotronik, Ela Medical, Guidant, Medtronic and Saint Jude (...)

Charles Saumon, Pierre de Montalembert The French NCA fines several temping agencies nearly € 100 M, but grants significant reductions for certain parties who enter into innovative commitments (Adecco, Manpower, VediorBis)

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On 2 February 2009, the French Competition Council ("the Council") fined several agencies active in the temporary employment sector in France (Adecco, Adia, Manpower and VediorBis - "the Companies") for concerted practices. Context Temping enables businesses desiring more flexibility to use (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The French NCA fines a cosmetics manufacturer for prohibiting its selective distributors from selling its products on the Internet (Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique)

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On 29 October 2008, the French French Competition Council (Conseil de la concurrence) (the “Council") fined Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique, a cosmetics and personal hygiene products manufacturer, 17,000 Euros for having prohibited its selective distributors from selling products made by its (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The Paris Court of Appeals upholds the French Competition Council’s decision on the railway laying and maintenance cartel but reduces fines (SNCF/ETF and SPTV)

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On 2 October 2007, the Paris Court of Appeals (the "Court of Appeals") upheld a decision issued by the Conseil de la concurrence (the "Competition Council") in Decision n° 06-D-15 dated 14 June 2006 relating to practices implemented in the railway laying and maintenance sector. In this decision, (...)

Charles Saumon The French Competition Council fines a public port operator and two related companies for anticompetitive practices in the market of harbour services dedicated to coal (SOGEMA, Port Autonome du Havre)

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On 13 September 2007, the French Competition Council issued a decision relating to anti-competitive practices in the market of harbour services dedicated to coal, following a complaint by the Société Générale Maritime ("Sogema"), a dock-work operator established in various harbours in France. (...)

Charles Saumon The French Competition Council imposes interim measures to the incumbent to safeguard competition on the electricity supply market requesting modification of termination of exclusivity clause (KalibraXE / EDF)

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On 25 April 2007, the French Competition Council ("Conseil de la concurrence") imposed interim measures on Electricité de France ("EDF"), which is historically the national operator, following a referral by KalibraXE. Background KalibraXE was created in August 2005. This new operator does not (...)

Charles Saumon The French Competition Authority adopts interim measures to protect competition in a public tendering in the maritime sector (SNCM, Corsica Ferries, Compagnie Méridionale de Navigation)

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The Conseil de la concurrence recently issued an interim measures decision in which it ordered an injunction against the Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée (SNCM) on the grounds of Article L. 464-1 of the French Commercial Code. Background The public authorities in Corsica and the (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The French Competition Council agrees to commitments from Hi-Fi and Home Cinema equipment suppliers in order to allow their selective distributors to carry out online selling (Hi-Fi/Home Cinema)

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On 5 October 2006, the Conseil de la concurrence (French Competition Council) issued a decision in which it accepted to withdraw the litigation proceedings after three of the main companies active in the Hi-fi and home cinema equipment sector (Bose, Focal JM Lab and Triangle) agreed to (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The French Supreme Court finds two non-authorised distributors guilty of unfair competition for having purchased perfumes from authorised distributors in the knowledge that they were infringing the selective distribution agreement (Tifany)

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Marketing Diffusion Prospective (hereinafter “MDP”), based in Mégève, is an authorised distributor of most of the major French perfume manufacturers. Alleging a breach of the selective distribution network to which it belonged, MDP lodged a complaint against its main competitor in this city, (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The Paris Court of Appeal limits the scope of the essential facilities theory by declining to consider abusive a refusal to access to a software (NMPP / MLP)

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Background In 2003 Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse (MLP), a press distributor, filed a complaint with the French Competition Council (hereinafter "the Council") against Nouvelles Messageries de Presse Parisienne (NMPP) on the grounds that the latter was conducting an anti-competitive practice (...)

Charles Saumon, Ombline Ancelin The French Competition Council accepts recordings of phone calls made without the knowledge of recorded persons as proof and rules against vertical anticompetitive agreements in the brown products sector (Avantage / Philips - Sony - Panasonic)

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In a decision dated 5 December 2005, the French Competition Council (hereinafter “the Council”) found that Philips, Sony and Panasonic had infringed Article L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code (equivalent to article 81 of the EC Treaty) as each of them had set up a vertical agreement with its (...)

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