Unilever (Rotterdam)

Maxime de l’Estang

Unilever (Rotterdam)
Global Senior Competition Counsel

Maxime de l’Estang serves as global senior competition counsel for Unilever in Rotterdam. Prior to this role, he worked as counsel for Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Brussels where he practiced in all areas of antitrust law, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance and State aids. Maxime de l’Estang has collaborated in a number of articles, particularly in the field of merger control. He graduated from the University Paris 2-Assas and the New York University School of Law, and is admitted to the bar in Paris, New York and Brussels (e-list).

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1993 Bulletin

Maxime de l’Estang, Viala Faustine, Philipp Girardet, Susanne Zuehlke, Rahul Saha The EU General Court clarifies the application of the merger regulation to acquisitions by joint ventures and other jointly controlled companies (Cemex Croatia / HeidelbergCement / Schwenk)


On 5 October 2020, the General Court of the European Union (the “General Court”) confirmed the 2017 decision by the European Commission (the “Commission”) to prohibit the proposed acquisition by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk of Cemex Croatia (the “HeidelbergCement case”). In its judgment, the (...)

4388 Review

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Non-compliance with commitments: The French Competition Authority imposes a €40 million fines to a telecom operator for having failed to comply with commitments undertaken during a previous merger (SFR ; Altice)


The acquisition of SFR by Numericable, a subsidiary of the Altice Group, was authorized by the French Competition Authority (the "Authority") on October 30, 2014 (Decision No. 14-DCC-160), subject to commitments (the "Operation"). The Authority considered that the Operation was likely to (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Risk of monopoly : The European Commission authorizes, subject to conditions, a combination in the diagnostic systems sector (Abbott Laboratories / Alere)


On 25 January 2017, the European Commission (the "Commission") approved the acquisition of Alere, a US company specialising in diagnostic solutions for infectious and cardio-metabolic diseases and toxicology, by Abbott Laboratories ("Abbott"), a US medical device giant listed on the New York (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Independence of the trustee: The Court of Justice of the European Union upholds the judgment of the General Court of the European Union and confirms the decision of the European Commission authorizing the purchase of a group in the publishing sector (Odile Jacob)


Final episode of the long Odile Jacob saga (see our article in the present review Concurrencesn°4-2010, p. 160).). In this judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU (the "Court") dismissed the appeal brought by Éditions Odile Jacob ("Odile Jacob") against the judgment of the Court of First (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Sanction: The French Competition Authority fines a producer of still and sparkling wines for having failed to fulfill the prior notification obligation of a merger


By Decision No. 13-D-22 of December 20, 2013, the French Competition Authority (hereinafter the "Authority") sanctioned Copagef SA, at the head of the Castel Frères group (hereinafter "Castel"), in the amount of 4 million euros for failing to comply with the obligation to provide prior (...)

Alice Guérin, David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Exclusive control: The General Court confirms that the Commission enjoys a wide margin of discretion in merger control proceedings (SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels)


On 7 June 2013, the General Court of the European Union (the "General Court") dismissed the action brought by SPAR against European Commission (the "Commission") decision COMP/M.5047 of 23 June 2008 authorising REWE, a leading food retail group in Austria, to acquire sole control of ADEG, a (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Misleading information: The European Commission suspects two parties to a merger of having provided incorrect or misleading information on market shares (Munkjsö, Ahsltrom)


On 24 May 2013, the European Commission (the ’Commission’) had cleared, subject to commitments, the merger between two specialty paper producers, Munksjö AB (’Munksjö’) and the labels and converting division of Ahlstrom Corporation (’Ahlstrom’). In the course of the Commission’s in-depth (...)

Alice Guérin, David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Phase 2 with commitments: The European Commission uses a new theory of harm related to an increased bargaining power of the parties to impose significant commitments (Universal Music Group / EMI Music)


On September 21, 2012, the European Commission (the "Commission") conditionally approved the acquisition of sole control of the core business of UK-based EMI Group Global Limited ("EMI") by Universal Music Group ("Universal", together the "Parties"), a subsidiary of French media and (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Acquisition of business – Commitments: The European Commission authorizes the acquisition of the European paper products branch of an American group by a Swedish company conditional upon commitments (SCA/Georgia-Pacific Europe)


Eur. Com. dec. art. 6, § 1(b) R.139/2004, 5 July 2012, SCA/ Georgia-Pacific Europe, case COMP/ M.6455. The European Commission (the ³cCommission³d) has approved, subject to commitments, the acquisition of sole control of Georgia-Pacific Europe (³cGPE³d), the European arm of the US company (...)

David Tayar, Maxime de l’Estang Acquisition of business: The French Competition Authority authorizes the acquisition of six companies by a group in the wine distribution sector (Patriarche, Castel Frères)


Aut. conc, 02.07.12, N° 12-DCC-92, Acquisition of six companies of the Patriarchal Group by the company Castel Frères The French Competition Authority (the "Authority") has authorized, after a "phase II" review, the acquisition and acquisition of exclusive control by the Castel Frères group (...)


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