Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)

Marie-Laure Combet

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)

Marie-Laure Combet is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Paris. Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Marie-Laure Combet was counsel in the antitrust practice of a magic circle law firm. Her practice focuses on merger control, antitrust and state aid issues, both at French and European levels. She holds a joint degree in Global Business Law from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne/Sciences Po Paris and a master in European Law from the University of Paris II-Assas. She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2007.


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18358 Bulletin

Lars Mesenbrink, Patrick Hubert, Marie-Laure Combet, Malik Idri, Pietro Merlino The EU Commission adopts new Regulations and Guidelines for horizontal cooperation and provides details on the exemption requirements for sustainability agreements and information exchange


On 1 June 2023, the EU Commission has announced the adoption of updated Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations on Research and Development (R&D) and Specialization agreements (HBERs) and revised Horizontal Guidelines. HBERs exclude certain horizontal agreements from the scope of Art. (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Maxence Jonvel The EU General Court endorses the Commission’s new approach to Article 22 EUMR allowing the capture of mergers below the thresholds (Illumina / Grail)


In a judgment dated 13 July 2022 (T-227/21), the General Court of the European Union (the “General Court” or the “Court”) upheld the decision of the European Commission (the “Commission”) whereby the latter accepted to assert its (merger control) jurisdiction over the “below-the-thresholds” (...)

Marie-Laure Combet The European Competition Network and the EU Council publish a joint statement in which they promise to be pragmatic in assessing the behaviour adopted by companies in response to the severe difficulties encountered in connection with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


After the various measures taken by countries, international organizations and companies to pressure Russia to stop its aggression against Ukraine, it is now the turn of the antitrust enforcers of the European Competition Network (ECN) to make their contribution. They did so by publishing a (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Quitterie de La Poype The French Competition Authority unconditionally clears a merger in the social housing sector in Guadeloupe and Martinique (Société Action Logement Immobilier / Région et département Guadeloupe / SEMAG)


By decision dated August 5th 2021 (hereafter, the “Decision”), the French Competition Authority (hereafter the ‘FrCA’) unconditionally cleared the acquisition of joint control by Action Logement Immobilier and two local authorities (i.e., the Région and the Département of Guadeloupe) over (...)

Matthew G. Rose, Douglas Lahnborg, Saira Henry, Marie-Laure Combet The EU Commission publishes guidance and expands its jurisdiction by capturing transactions below the jurisdictional thresholds of national and EU merger control regimes


The European Commission (“Commission”) is expanding its jurisdiction over transactions by encouraging national competition authorities (“NCAs”) of the EU Member States to ‘refer’ certain transactions to it that fall below the thresholds for mandatory notification at the EU and the national (...)

Douglas Lahnborg, Marie-Laure Combet, Matthew G. Rose The EU Commission goes extraterritorial with its new White Paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused by subsidies granted by states outside the EU


The EU State Aid regime has long protected the EU internal market from anti-competitive subsidies granted by EU Member States. On 17 June 2020, the European Commission published a White Paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused (...)

Maxence Jonvel, Marie-Laure Combet The EU Commission imposes interim measures on a chipmaking company suspected of having put in place contractual restrictions to exclude its competitors from the market (Broadcom)


On June 26, 2019, the EU Commission opened a formal investigation into U.S. chipmaker Broadcom’s alleged abuse of dominance. In a rather unexpected move, the EU Commission informed the company, on the same day, of its intention to impose interim measures, a long-forgotten tool. Broadcom, (...)

Lena Boucon, Marie-Laure Combet The EU General Court dismisses an action in annulment against a decision of the EU Commission declaring compatible an unlimited guarantee granted by France for the indemnification of natural disasters (Scor)


1. Background: Back in 2013, Scor SE (“Scor”), whose subsidiary is engaged on the French market for the reinsurance of risks relating to natural disasters, lodged a complaint with the European Commission alleging unlawful and incompatible State aid in favor of Caisse Centrale de Réassurance (...)

Marie-Laure Combet The EU Court of Justice rules that Article 101 TFEU does not apply to circumstances where two separate and competing tenders are submitted by entities controlled by the same parent company (Šiauliai)


Does the EU Court of Justice “Specializuotas transportas” case ring the death knell of the French derogation to intra-group immunity? In its judgment Šiaulių regiono atliekų tvarkymo centras and Ecoservice projektai UAB (Case C-531/16) rendered on May 17, 2018, the EU Court of Justice has (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French Competition Council finds the incumbent rail operator guilty of implementing discriminatory practices in favor of its online travel subsidiaries and for entering into an anti-competitive partnership (SNCF /Expedia)


I. Facts The French rail operator SNCF enjoys a legal monopoly on passenger rail transport. However, train tickets themselves are sold through three main distribution channels : SNCF’s physical sales points as well as its merchant website operated by its VSC subsidiary (which altogether (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French State Council delineates an administrative judge’s jurisdiction over governmental decisions when applying Art. 88.3 EC (Comité national des interprofessions des vins à appellations d’origine)


This is the first time that the French Supreme Administrative Court has had to decide on an application for annulment for refusing to report State measures which may qualify as state aid. The case at stake provided the French Supreme Administrative Court with an opportunity to specify the (...)

Clémentine Cointreau, Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the possibility for a fragrance manufacturer to exclude pure players and to restrict internet sales within its selective distribution network (PMC Distribution / Pacific Création)


Facts and Ruling In the present case, the dispute arose between Pacific Creation, a fragrance manufacturer and retailer and PMC Distribution (PMC), a pure player which offers branded products exclusively on the Internet. In France, Pacific Creation‘s fragrances are retailed through a (...)

Clémentine Cointreau, Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French Competition Authority applies for the second time leniency and highlights discrepancy with EC competition law on concerted practices’ burden of proof (Removals cartel)


Summary of the decision Following an investigation with dawn raids and seizures initiated further to a leniency application, the French Competition Council has sanctioned a horizontal cartel between twelve companies in the sector of national and international removals to and from France, (...)

8006 Review

Marie-Laure Combet, Patrick Hubert Exploitative abuse: The end of the Paradox ?


Whilst the prohibition of exploitative abuse - in particular, of excessive pricing - is normally the most protective of consumers, it is the least frequently prosecuted offence. This paradox, which is justified by the existence of strong conceptual objections and practical difficulties, may (...)


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