Latham & Watkins (Paris)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther

Latham & Watkins (Paris)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther is a partner in the Litigation Department of Latham & Watkins in Paris and Brussels, where he heads the firm’s European competition and antitrust practice. Mr. Gunther is widely recognized as one of Europe’s leading competition law specialists by the French and European antitrust authorities. Mr. Gunther is known for his expertise advising clients on European and national merger filings and in complex disputes before the European Commission, French antitrust authorities, French Courts and the European Court of Justice. He is also one of the most recognized experts in the field of State Aid. Mr. Gunther has particular experience in the media, telecommunications, defense, energy and financial sectors. Mr. Gunther is a former president of the F.N.U.JA (Fédération des Unions de Jeunes Avocats, Federation of the Union of Young Lawyers) and is a member of the A.F.E.C. (Association Française d’Etude de la Concurrence, French Association of antitrust). He is also a former member of the National Council of the Bars (C.N.B.). Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Gunther led the antitrust and competition practice that he started in the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus in 1999. Prior to Freshfields, he was with Gide Loyrette Nouel (Paris and Brussels), where he began his career.


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Jacques-Philippe Gunther, David Tayar, Viala Faustine, Adrien Giraud The Brussels Court of Appeal dismisses a claim by a horse competition authority claiming that exclusivity clauses are legitimate on the basis that they protect the animals and riders (International Equestrian Authority)


Belgian Competition Authority vs. International Equestrian Authority: second round* On April 28, 2016, the Brussels Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (“FEI”) of an injunction issued by the Belgian Competition Authority (the “BCA”) that suspended the (...)

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Andreas Bardong, Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, David Bosco, David Spector, Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Peter Freeman, Peter Kalbfleisch Merger control and minority shareholdings : Time for a change ?


Ce Tendances revient sur le débat qu’a ravivé l’affaire Aer Lingus/Ryanair autour du traitement des participations minoritaires dans le contrôle des concentrations. La difficulté principale tient dans le point de savoir si, et dans quelle mesure, le droit des concentrations doit s’appliquer aux (...)

Dennis W. Carlton, Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Jean-Yves Art Patent ambush in the US and the EU: How wide is the gap? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 Feb. 2011)


La première table-ronde de la conférence New Frontiers of Antitrust du 11 février 2011 à Paris est dédiée au «Patent ambush». Après avoir discuté des lacunes inhérentes au système des brevets, M. Carlton, Professeur d’économie à l’université de Chicago et auteur de la première contribution, s’intéresse à (...)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Mathilde Saltiel Full fonction joint venture: The French Competition Authority authorizes the creation of an MVNO by two parent companies active in the different markets of the mobile communications sector (La Poste, SFR)


Aut. conc. dec. no. 11-DCC-07 of 28 January 2011 relating to the creation of a full-function joint venture by La Poste and SFR Since the full liberalisation of the mail market on 1 January 2011, La Poste has been operating only on markets open to competition. The approved transaction will (...)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Mathilde Saltiel Merger remedies - Access to sensitive information: The European Commission clears a merger in the energy sector subject to strengthened commitments (GDF Suez/International Power)


Eur. comm., dec. art. 6, §2 R.139/2004 of January 26, 2011, GDF Suez/International Power, case COMP/M.5978 The pace of concentration in the electricity sector continues unabated, a sign that the liberalisation of European markets has prompted national players to expand and diversify their (...)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Mathilde Saltiel Joint venture – Bidding markets: The French Competition Authority authorizes two major companies’ assignments of their transportation branches to a joint venture, subject to unprecedented commitments (Veolia Environnement, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)


Aut. conc. dec. no. 10-DCC-198 of December 30, 2010 relating to the creation of a joint venture by Veolia Environnement and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations The Competition Authority gives a special place to markets operating by invitation to tender. While it emphasised the special nature (...)

Jacques-Philippe Gunther Refusal of referral: The European Commission refuses the referral requested by the Belgian Competition Council in the light of a merger in the electricity sector (EDF/SEGEBEL)


EC Commission, 12 November 2009, EDF/SEGEBEL, Case COMP/M.5549 The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of sole control by EDF (France) of Segebel (Belgium), a holding company whose only asset is a 51% stake in SPE S.A., the second largest (...)

Antoine Gosset-Grainville, Denis Samuel Lajeunesse, François Souty, Frédéric Jenny, Guillaume Cerutti, Hubert Legal, Jacques Barrot, Jacques Derenne, Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, Jean-Yves Chérot, Laurence Idot, Marc van Hoof, Marie-Dominique Hagelsteen, Nicola Pesaresi, Valérie Rabassa, Xavier de Roux Conference: The EC State Aid Reform (Paris, 8 December 2005)


The proceedings of this colloquium are organised in two parts. In the first stage, the two main axes of the reform are studied: In substantive terms, the aim of the Community reform is to introduce a more economic analysis of aid in this area too. Following the presentation made by Ms Rabassa (...)

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