François Brunet

Brunet Avocats (Paris)

François Brunet created Brunet Avocats in the end of 2021. Previously, François was a partner at Hogan Lovells after a 26-year career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, based in the Paris office. Mr. Brunet’s practice focuses on EU and French competition law. Mr. Brunet has represented clients in a number of cartel/monopolization investigations and transactions in the television, cable, car equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cement, paper and other industries. Professor at the University Paris 5-René Descartes (2000-2009), he is widely published on various aspects of EU and French competition law and is distinguished as a leading competition/antitrust lawyer by Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He co-authored “La pratique communautaire du contrôle des concentrations” (De Boeck, Brussels) with Antoine Winckler and Mario Siragusa. He also co-edited with Guy Canivet, former Chief Justice of the French Cour de Cassation, an EU Competition Law Handbook (“Le nouveau droit communautaire de la concurrence”). Mr. Brunet is the President of the Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (French Committee) and a member of the board of directors of the Association des Avocats pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence. Mr. Brunet graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1989 and from the Ecole HEC in 1990 (Master’s in International Finance), and received law degrees from the University of Paris II in 1992 (DEA). Mr. Brunet is a member of the Bar in Paris and is admitted to practice before the European Court of Justice and the European General Court.


897 Bulletin

Sabrina Borocci, François Brunet, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, May Lyn Yuen, Myrto Tagara The EU Commission publishes a Temporary Framework to guide cooperation between companies to ensure the supply and distribution of essential products during the COVID-19 pandemic


The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide guidance to companies that are cooperating to ensure the supply and distribution of essential products – including medicines and medical equipment – during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Communication sets out the (...)

Myrto Tagara, Aurora Muselli, May Lyn Yuen, Sabrina Borocci, François Brunet The EU Commission and EU Member State Competition Authorities issue a joint statement on the application of competition law during the COVID-19 crisis in the context of the European Competition Network


Cooperation in the life sciences industry and EU competition law in the context of COVID-19 The life sciences industry is facing unprecedented demands due to COVID-19. From front line carers to researchers and scientists, significant efforts are being put towards caring for those suffering (...)

5524 Review

François Brunet, Céline Verney Remedies: The French Competition Authority authorizes, subject to structural and behavioral remedies, the merger between two health-care groups in the South of France (Elsan / Hexagone Santé Méditerranée, Bonnefon-Carnot)


Reviewing a well-established decision-making practice (See in particular the letters from the Minister of the Economy: C-2007-91 to the board of Vitalia Développement 2, concerning a merger in the sector of diagnostics and care in healthcare institutions; C-2007-80 of 24 July 2007 to the board (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Commitments: The European Commission clears, after an in-depth investigation and subject to commitments, a merger between two Swedish Telecommunications operators active in several European Union Member States (Telia / Bonnier)


On 12 November 2019, the European Commission cleared the acquisition of the operator Bonnier Broadcasting by the Swedish telecommunications group Telia. Both operators are active in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. While Telia provides fixed and mobile telecommunications services and (...)

François Brunet, Victor Levy Phase II: The European Commission approves, after a Phase II investigation and subject to behavioural remedies in Sweden and Finland, the acquisition by a Swedish telecommunication and mobile network operator of an audiovisual content provider (Telia / Bonnier Broadcasting)


The audiovisual sector is highly dynamic and incumbent players increasingly face the competitive pressure exerted by subscription video on demand (SVOD) platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix or Disney+. One of the most pressing questions for competition authorities analyzing this sector is to (...)

François Brunet, Victor Levy Clearance: The French Competition Authority authorises the sale by a mobile telephone operator of exclusive control over its mobile phone equipment hosting infrastructure sites to an operator of telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructure (Iliad 7 / Cellnex)


On 30 August 2019, the French Competition Authority (’FCA’) approved Cellnex’s acquisition of a 70% stake in Iliad 7, a subsidiary of Iliad (controlled by Mr. Xavier Niel). Iliad 7 owns all the mobile telecommunication hosting sites previously controlled by Free Mobile, a French mobile network (...)

François Brunet, Victor Levy Commitments: The French Competition Authority authorizes subject to commitments both structural and behavioural, a merger between two major groups of farming cooperatives (D’Aucy / Triskalia)


By a decision of 24 July 2019, the Competition Authority authorised the merger between the D’Aucy and Triskalia groups. D’Aucy and Triskalia are two cooperative groups based mainly in Brittany, which between them have 25 000 member farmers and a combined turnover in excess of €3 billion. The (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Revelant market: The French Competition Authority accepts to consider, for the second time, as part of one single relevant market both brick and mortar sales and online sales (Luderix International / Jellej Jouets)


By a decision of 17 April 2019, the Competition Authority authorised the change from sole to joint control over Luderix, which operates the Picwic toy store. Jellej Jouets thus acquired 49% of the target’s capital and voting rights, with the remaining 51% held by the Mulliez joint venture, which (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Clearance: The European Commission approves, subject to conditions and following an in-depth investigation, a merger between the two main refrigeration compressor producers (Nidec / Embraco)


On April 12, 2019, the European Commission has approved the acquisition by Nidec, a Japanese company active in the electric motors and motor products sector, of Embraco, a subsidiary of Whirlpool based in Brazil and specialised in the production of refrigeration compressors. Refrigeration (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Fine: The European Commission imposes a 52 million fine for the supply of wrong information within the framework of a merger control (General Electric / LM Wind Power)


110 million fine imposed on Facebook for providing inaccurate information in connection with its acquisition of WhatsApp (Eur.Comm., August 30, 2017, Facebook/WhatsApp, M.8228, p. 8228).The European Commission, which has made the violation of procedural rules in merger control one of its new (...)

François Brunet, Victor Levy Joint venture: The European Commission authorizes the creation of a joint venture by an airline undertaking and a manufacturer of aeronautical, aerospace and defence-security equipment (Boeing / Safran / JV)


On 27 September 2018, the European Commission approved the creation of a joint-venture between Boeing and Safran. The joint-venture will design, manufacture and sell auxiliary power units (’APUs’), supply the spare parts associated with the APUs, and provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Authorization: The European Commission publishes the non-confidential version of its 2018 decision authorizing a merger between the world’s largest suppliers of corrective lenses and branded eyewear (Essilor / Luxottica)


It took a year and a half to publish the European Commission’s decision to authorize, after a phase 2 review and without conditions, the merger between two major players in the optical industry, Italy’s Luxottica, a supplier of eyeglass frames and sunglasses, which owns the Ray-Ban, Oakley and (...)

Bruno Lasserre, Cecilio Madero Villarejo, François Brunet, Oliver Bethell TR I - Compliance Programs: How efficient are they really? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 10 February 2012)


This first roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust”, Paris, 10 February 2012, was dedicated to the compliance programs and how efficient are they really. In the first paper, President Lasserre shares the experiment of the French Competition Authority in this area. Cecilio Madero (...)

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