Romain Maulin

Maulin Avocats (Paris)

Afrer over 10 years of practicing competition law in Anglo-American firms, Romain Maulin created a boutique firm specializing in economic law (Maulin Avocats). He focuses his practice on European and French competition law and advises national and international clients on a wide array of issues pertaining to competition and distribution laws, with an emphasis on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as merger control proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission. He regularly represents clients in leniency and settlement proceedings and assists in the set-up of compliance programs. His firm is ranked by Décideurs as being “Highly regarded practice” for competition law and “Strong reputation” for distribution law and unfair commercial practices. Romain Maulin is widely published and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Paris-Saclay and the Paris bar shcool on issues pertaining to competition and contract law. He is a member of Association Française de l’Etude de la Concurrence (AFEC) and of Association des Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence (APDC).



8632 Bulletin

Alec J. Burnside, Anne MacGregor, Mélanie Thill-Tayara, Romain Maulin The EU Court of Justice orders new assessment in a case of abuse of dominance by a semi-conductor company granting loyalty rebates (Intel)


EU Court Orders New Assessment of Intel’s Rebates The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has quashed a ruling by the EU’s General Court which had upheld the European Commission’s (EC) 2009 finding of abuse of dominance by Intel Corporation Inc. Intel was fined €1.06 billion, a record at (...)

Romain Maulin, Sergio Sorinas The French NCA fines a trade association in the hydrotherapy sector for price fixing and exchanges of information between its members and dismisses lack of prior intent as a mitigating circumstance (Conseil national des exploitants thermaux)


In a decision issued on 18 December 2009, the French Competition Authority (the «Authority«) fined a trade association in the hydrotherapy sector, the Conseil national des exploitants thermaux («CNETh«), for infringing article L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code (the French equivalent of art. (...)

Romain Maulin, Sergio Sorinas The French Council of State confirms the clearance of a merger in the audit and accounting services sector and clarifies the legal test for collective dominance (Deloitte / JMF)


Background This case arose out of the clearance granted by the French Minister of the Economy ("Minister") for the acquisition by Deloitte of Janny Marque Futur ("JMF"), the holding company of BDO Marque et Gendrot ("BDO"). Through this transaction, Deloitte, one of the "Big Four", acquired (...)

Dominique Brault, Romain Maulin The Paris Court of Appeal holds that the definition of the relevant market requires a specific assessment in cases involving a company providing a service of general economic interest (Vedettes inter-îles vendéennes)


In a ruling of 9 June 2009 , the Paris Court of Appeal (the “Court of Appeal”) dismissed an appeal brought by the company Vedettes Inter-iles vendéennes (“VIIV”) against the French Competition Council (the “Council”) decision dated 23 December 2004. The period of 5 years between the decision and the (...)

Romain Maulin, Sergio Sorinas The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from the incumbent operator in the sector of engineering, consultancy and certification of telecommunication facilities in a case of alleged abuse of dominant position (Solutel / France Télécom)


In a decision of 7 October 2008, the French Competition Council (the "Council") accepted commitments submitted by France Telecom regarding an alleged abuse of its dominant position in the sector of engineering, consultancy and certification of private telecommunications facilities pursuant to (...)

Romain Maulin, Sergio Sorinas The French National Competition Authority fines nearly 80 companies and trade associations for horizontal and vertical agreements in the sector of construction products and clarifies the standard of proof applicable to anticompetitive meetings


In a decision of 9 March 2006, the French Competition Council (the "Council") fined nearly 80 companies and trade associations for unlawful practices implemented between 1993 and 1998 in the sector of heating, sanitation, plumbing and air-conditioning products. These practices included (i) (...)

6611 Review

Romain Maulin The effect-based approach in competition law: An assessment


While the introduction of a more economical approach of the restriction of competition and of the modernization of competition law were intended to bring significant changes in competition law enforcement, it is now both necessary and possible to assess to what extent the effect-based approach (...)


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