Laura Castex

Gide Loyrette Nouel (Paris)

Laura Castex is a partner with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris. Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2006, she specialises in European and French competition law as well as distribution law (distribution networks, commercial agreements, etc.) and consumer law, both in an advisory capacity and as a litigator. As regards merger control, Laura Castex advises major French and foreign firms for their investments and divestments, including in non-EU jurisdictions. As regards anticompetitive practices, she has extensive experience in investigation proceedings and the design of bespoke compliance programs (private enforcement). She also assists our clients in private enforcement litigation. Lastly, as regards distribution and consumer law, Laura Castex regularly advises clients in the formalisation of their commercial relations and in litigation arising from them, as well as in the context of investigations carried out by the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud (DGCCRF) and its local branches.

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24442 Bulletin

Laura Castex, Gautier Aznar The Paris Court of Appeal dismisses separate follow-on damages claims by a director and the main shareholder of a company which had previously been granted compensation for losses arising from anticompetitive conduct (Switch / SNCF / Expedia)


On December 3rd, 2021, the Paris Court of Appeal (the “Court”) confirmed a ruling by the Paris Commercial Court dismissing a damage claim brought by the former executive shareholder of Switch, a defunct online travel agency, against the national French railway company SNCF and online travel (...)

Laura Castex, Gautier Aznar The Paris Court of Appeal rejects a claim of abuse of dominance in exclusivity arrangements by a syndicate of industrials active in the nautical sector against an organizer of trade shows (Fédération des Industries Nautiques / Reed)


On July 1st 2021, the Paris Court of Appeal (the “Court”) overruled a judgment from the Paris Court of First Instance (Tribunal de Grande Instance) in a case opposing the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (“FIN”), a syndicate of industrials active in the nautical sector, and Reed Exposition France, (...)

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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