François-Charles Laprévote

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

François-Charles Laprévote is a partner based in the Brussels office. Mr. Laprévote’s practice focuses on European competition and international trade law, including merger control, State aid, cartel investigations, market dominance and trade defense instruments. Mr. Laprévote has advised financial institutions in several major State aid cases related to the current economic and financial crisis, including Dexia in all aspects of its restructuring and orderly resolution and BNP Paribas in its acquisition of Fortis Bank. Mr. Laprévote has also advised and represented corporate clients and financial institutions before the European Commission or national authorities in numerous antitrust or merger control cases, including an investigation by the European Commission in the LCD sector; NYSE Euronext in its contemplated merger with Deutsche Börse and Google in the French Competition Authority’s investigation of online advertising. Mr. Laprévote also represented clients before European Courts in several litigation cases, including Veolia in connection with its acquisition of SNCM and the European Central Bank in connection with its localization policy regarding CCPs. Mr. Laprévote has represented clients before the European Commission in a number of trade defense investigations, including in the monosodium glutamate, aluminium foil and WWAN modems sectors. He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s Committee on Trade and Investment. Mr. Laprévote joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2013. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the economic adviser of the French Minister for European Affairs. From 2002 to 2005, he was a detached national expert in the Directorate General for External Trade of the European Commission, where he was in charge of negotiations on services and investment. From 1998 to 2002, he served at the Inspection Générale des Finances, the internal auditing and consulting body of the French Ministry for Finance. Mr. Laprévote graduated from the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1998 and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) in 1993. Mr. Laprévote received a maîtrise in European and International Law from the University of Paris (Assas) in 1994. Mr. Laprévote is a member of the Bars of Paris and Brussels. Mr. Laprévote’s native language is French. He is fluent in English, proficient in German and has a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.


Linked authors

Paris School of Economics
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
University Carlos III - Department of Economics
Paris School of Economics
Barcelona GSE
The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva)
ESSEC Business School (Cergy)


François-Charles Laprévote (Cleary Gottlieb)
François-Charles Laprévote 12 February 2019 Paris
François-Charles Laprévote - New Frontiers of Antitrust 2016
François-Charles Laprévote 13 June 2016 Paris


1904 Bulletin

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Thomas Graf The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigations on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)


On May 18, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 investigation of its acquisition of WhatsApp The magnitude of the fine dwarfs the few penalties the Commission has imposed in the past for (...)

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Burcu Can, François-Charles Laprévote, Johannes Laitenberger, Simon J. Evenett Competition and trade policies: TTIP or the return of the UFOs? (New Frontiers of Antitrust, Paris, 13 June 2016)


This first roundtable of the “New frontiers of Antitrust” conference held in Paris on June 13th 2016 was dedicated to the links between competition and trade policies in light of the ongoing negotiation of the TTIP between the European Union and the United States. After an introduction of (...)


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