Pascale Déchamps was appointed deputy general rapporteur at the French Competition Authority starting on Jan. 18th, 2021. Pascale Déchamps was head of Oxera’s Paris office. She has more than ten years’ experience as a competition economist, advising companies on how to deal with antitrust or merger investigations conducted by the European Commission or competition authorities in the EU, in particular in France. She has advised complainant and defendant firms in the context of mergers (unilateral, coordinated, vertical or conglomerate effects), abuses of dominant position (e.g. predation, margin squeeze, refusal to supply), and cartel investigations. She has experience in a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical products and devices, telecoms, agricultural products, distribution, semi-conductors, construction materials, industrial products, energy and consumer products. Prior to joining Oxera’s Brussels office in 2013, Pascale spent nine years working with Charles River Associates. She is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2014.
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Computing interest plays a key role in compensating victims of anticompetitive practices. In a couple of recent French cases (in particular Switch and Orange Caraibe), interest represented a significant portion of the total award estimated at several million euros. However, these cases do not (...)
The French merger guidlines and recent decisions taken by the French Competition Authority show the evolution in the approach taken by the Authority when defining geographic relevant markets. The techniques used all have limitations, as explained in this article. Those that apply to the (...)