Laura Castex

Gide Loyrette Nouel (Paris)
Lawyer (Senior associate)

Laura Castex is a senior associate within Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Economic and European Law Department in Paris, which she joined in 2006. She specializes in European and French competition law and distribution law, and has developed extensive experience in merger control and anticompetitive practices. Laura regularly advises major French and foreign firms on French and European antitrust issues, notifications of mergers before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, and litigation before the French Competition Authority and the French Courts. She also handles many cases in distribution law, ranging from advising clients on setting up their distribution network, to defending or initiating disputes before the French Courts. Laura has dual, US and French, nationality, and is fluent in both French and English.


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Laura Castex The French Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision sanctioning a food distributor for failing to notify a concentration (Colruyt)


On 24 June 2013, the French Supreme Administrative Court confirmed the French Competition Authority (“FCA”)‘s decision n°12-D-12 dated 11 May 2012 imposing a €392.000 fine on Etablissements Fr. Colruyt (“Ets Fr Colruyt”), the parent company of group Colruyt, for failing to comply with article L.430-3 (...)

Laura Castex The French Competition Council authorises pharmaceutical laboratories’ practices concerning drugs parallell imports and exports on the basis of both French and EC provisions (Pharma-Lab / GlaxoSmithKline)


Pharma-Lab, Pharmajet, Pharmadex TMC, European Trade Company (ETC) and AD Pharm export drugs bought at the government-fixed price from pharmaceutical laboratories and sell them abroad for a higher price. These companies claimed to suffer from delivery restrictions, discriminatory commercial (...)

Laura Castex The French Competition Authority imposes record fines on the mobile telephone operators for market sharing and exchange of information (Orange / SFR / Bouygues)


On November 30th 2005, the French Competition Council (the “Council” ) imposed heavy fines on the three mobile telephone undertakings, Orange France, SFR and Bouygues Telecom, amounting to a € 534 millions total. The allotment of the fines was as follows : Orange France: 256 million Euros SFR: (...)

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