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Stéphanie Yon-Courtin

European Parliament (Strasbourg)

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin is a member of the European Parliament for France since 2019 (Renew). In January 2007, she joined the Staff of the President at the Competition Council as Adviser for International affairs. Prior to that, she has been working three years for the Paris office Competition team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and then joined in 2001 Allen & Overy where she has developped competence in the areas of French and European competition law (mergers, antitrust and state aid issues). Stéphanie is a co-author of the International Competition Policy, Concurrences Review since 2004. She left the French Competition Authority in 2010.

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16205 Bulletin

Olivier Fréget, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin The French Minister of Economics clears the merger between the two pay-TV operators with 59 commitments after consultation of both the audiovisual regulator and the French Competition Council (TPS / Canal Sat)


On 30th August 2006, the French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (the Minister) authorised the merger between TPS and Canal Sat, the two satellite broadcasting and television service providers in France, after the parties entered into 59 commitments limiting the operation’s (...)

Mathieu Guennec, Olivier Fréget, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin The German telecommunications regulator imposes ex post price regulation on the incumbent in the retail fixed access and local and national voice calls markets in spite of critical comments of the EC Commission based on the Framework Directive (Deutsche Telekom)


The decision of European Commission (the Commission ) is legally founded in article 7(3) of the 2002 Framework Directive on electronic communications networks and services (the “Framework Directive” ) which empowers the Commission, through its Society and Media, and Competition (...)

83999 Review

Olivier Guersent, Thierry Boillot, Muriel Chagny, Jacques Derenne, Frederic Jenny, Michel Ponsard, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Olivier Guersent (DG COMP): European competition policy in the context of crisis


A conversation with : Thierry Boillot Director of Competition, AFEC - AFJE, Paris Muriel Chagny Professor, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris-Saclay) and President, AFEC, Paris Jacques Derenne Partner, Sheppard Mullin, Brussels and Professor, University of Liège Frédéric (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin China: The Chinese Parliament announces the creation of a new National Markets Supervision Management Bureau as single Authority overhauling competition law enforcement tasks previously performed by three separate Agencies


The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, held from 18 to 24 October 2017, strengthened the synergies between the Party and the Chinese Government by launching a series of restructuring and simplifications of large public administrations. The stated objective was the revival and (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin United States: The United States Presidents nominates the new President of the Federal Trade Commission and three Commissionaires, members of the College (Nomination of the new President and three commissionaires)


The appointment by the President of the United States on October 19, 2017 of the new Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission - Joseph Simons - and two Commissioners - Rohit Chopra and Noah Phillips - only partially completed the FTC board. These three appointments could not necessarily allow (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin USA - Department of Justice: The US Senate confirms the Presidential nomination of Makan Delrahim as Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Antitrust Division at the US Departement of Justice (Makan Delrahim)


The appointment by the President of the United States in March 2017 of Makan Delrahim as Assistant Attorney General, Head of the Antitrust Division, was confirmed by the United States Senate on 27 September: despite this late confirmation, he represents the confirmed top Antitrust leader of (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin UNCTAD : The Intergovernmental group of experts on Competition Law and Policy of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development holds its 15th annual meeting highlighting the emergence of BRICS countries in the area of International Competition Law and Policy


The fifteenth session of UNCTAD’s Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy was held in Geneva from 19 to 21 October 2016, in the context of a major renewal of the UNCTAD secretariat in charge of the work of the IGE: for the first time in its thirty-six years of (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Japan: The Japan Authority of Fair Trading publishes its 2014-2015 annual report and announces an important procedural reform with "due process" strengthening


Competition law and policy in Japan is based primarily on a 1947 Antimonopoly Law shaped by the United States after the defeat of 1945. Japan’s competition law will therefore celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2017. Japan’s institutional competition system is based on an independent (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin European Union - United States bilateral relationships: EU and US delegations give an insight, during the 13th round since 2013, on some aspects about the TTIP


The 13th round of TTIP negotiations was held in Brussels from 25 to 29 April 2016, marking, in the words of the German Missions in the United States, "a progress that is clearly perceptible. The latest EU reports show that good progress has been made in each of the 27 articles of the (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Hong-Kong: The Hong-Kong Competition Policy Advisory Group publishes its annual activity report for 2014-2015 and, in the meantime, competition rules comes into full effect


Hong Kong’s competition law was defined in 2012 by a Competition Ordinance, which provided for a transition period that has just ended on 15 December 2015. Since that date, the system of competition regulation in the "Special Administrative Region" (SAR) has taken on characteristics that bring (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin EMCF : The UNCTAD Euro-Mediterranean Competition Forum is dedicated to issues of independence and scope of responsibilities of national competition authorities in the Mediterranean countries


Last year, the Euro-Mediterranean Competition Forum was launched in an informal legal framework, but in the UN premises in Geneva where UNCTAD’s activities are carried out (see F. Souty - S. Yon-Courtin, "Euro-Mediterranean Competition Forum, first workshop", p. 3).). The work of this third (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin China: The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China issues a guiding opinion on the notifications of concentrations of undertakings and prohibits an international merger with extraterritorial effects


The Antimonopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Trade (MOFCOM), one of the three Chinese competition authorities particularly in charge of merger control, issued on June 6, 2014 a "Guiding opinion" on the notification of business mergers. This "Guiding Opinion" is intended to show an (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin World trade organization : The 9th Ministerial Conference adopts a declaration on the « Bali Package », containing various measures to streamline trade and diversified consequences on markets and competition working (WTO 9th Ministerial Conference, 7th December 2013, The Bali Ministerial Declaration)


The agreement reached in Bali between negotiators from 169 countries on 7 December 2013 represents the first international trade agreement on trade liberalisation and "trade facilitation" since the establishment of the WTO in 1995 decided by the Marrakech Ministerial Conference. A subsequent (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Hong-Kong: The judicial authority of the special administrative region appoints the President and Vice President of the Competition Tribunal, the decision-making body of the Competition Commission


SAR Judicial Authority, appointment Hong Kong’s judiciary continues to build on the institutions recently established in the Special Administrative Region (SAR), including the establishment of the Competition Commission in April 2013 (see F. Souty, S. Yon-Courtin, "Hong Kong adopts (...)

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin ASEAN: The Asean carries on wih its regionalization process with the third Competition Conference, the appointment of a new Director General at the Singapore Competition Commission and the Internal Guidelines publication


Guidelines on the Development of Core Competencies in ASEAN Competition Policy and Law, July 2013 Since the first steps towards the regionalization of competition law in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began in 2010, the year 2013 has seen some progress, which, although (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin China: The Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and the National Development and Reform Commission present an assessment of the Chinese competition authorities activity and set their objectives, namely an increase of transparency with regard to merger control


Competition policy in China in 2013 appears to be clearly supported at the highest level of government. It is set in a cycle of sustainable expansion and assigns a certain number of objectives to both competition authorities and market operators, as part of a process of Chinese economic (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Euromed: The Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Competition is set up by Moroccan Competition Council, Austrian Competition Authority and UNCTAD Secretariat; concurrently, the Mediterranean Competition Council is incorporated in Barcelona and appoints its Board mainly composed with Civil Society Members


On the sidelines of the last session of UNCTAD’s Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy, various competition authority officials and representatives of civil society present in Geneva took the decision to federate the competition authorities and actors around (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Bilateral agreements: The American and Indian Competition Auhorities adopt on September 27, 2012 an MoU equivalent to the one sign with China in 2011

128 target=_blank"->India-USA Antitrust memorandum of understanding, 27.09.12 Following the signing of a cooperation agreement on competition between China and the United States in Beijing in the summer of 2011, the competition authorities of the (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Bilateral agreements : Chinese Competition Authorities sign with their European counterparts an MoU corresponding to the one that was signed with their American colleagues in 2011

154" target="_blank"->EU-China summit, Antitrust memorandum of understanding, 21.09.12 The 15th Sino-European Summit was held in Brussels on 20 September 2012, with the European Union represented by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council and José Manuel (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin China – MOFCOM: China undertakes its annual enforcement assessment of the Antimonopoly Law and issues new conditional approvals of international mergers with major bearings on the operators’ daily management


On 27 December 2011, the Director General of the Antimonopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), one of the three Chinese competition authorities in charge of merger control, Mr Shang Ming, held a press conference in Beijing on the 2011 review of the implementation of Chinese (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Bilateral cooperation: The USA and China sign an antitrust memorandum of understanding in an effort to promote communication and cooperation among the antitrust agencies of the two countries


Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") on Competition, 27 July 2011 In view of the growing importance of Chinese competition law, designed for a market of more than 1.3 billion consumers, i.e. almost four times the number of consumers in the United States, it seemed useful for the American (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin International competition network : The ICN celebrates its 10th anniversary and set its priorities for the next decade (ICN 10th Annual Conference, The Hague, May 18-20, 2011)


Tenth Annual Conference of the International Competition Network, 18-20 May 2011, The Hague, The Netherlands Exactly 10 years ago, at the initiative of the United States, some 20 competition authorities, mainly from developed countries, agreed in Naples to meet informally to discuss the (...)

David Lewis, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin David Lewis (ICN): A competition pioneer


What was your inspiration to get involved in competition law and policy? Could you describe the competition law and policy framework in South Africa? How do the Competition Commission and the Competition Tribunal interact? Given the different degrees of competition development between the (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin ICN «Best practices» : The International Competition network goes on with the drafting of the «best practices» and create new workshop for unilateral practices


International Competition Network Conference in Cape Town from 2 to 5 May 2006 As it has every year since its creation at the initiative of the United States in October 2001, the International Competition Network (ICN) held its annual conference from 3 to 5 May 2006 in Cape Town, South (...)

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Per se anticompetitive behaviors: The US Supreme Court holds that resale Price Fixing by an integrated and lawful joint venture is not per se anticompetitive within the meaning of Sherman Act Section (Fouad N. Dagher)


USA Supreme Court, February 28, 2006, Texaco Inc, Petitioner v. Fouad N. Dagher and Shell Oil Company, Petitioner v. Fouad N. Dagher et al, No. 04-805 and No. 04-814 In the first quarter of 2006, the United States Supreme Court, now presided over by Judge Roberts, appointed by President G.W. (...)

François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Sentencing guidelines: The US Supreme Court holds that Federal Sentencing Guidelines set out by the Administrative Commission only have a consultative role and that the decision still rests with the sentencing judge (US v. Booker)


USA Supreme Court, 12 January 2005, US v. Booker, No. 04-104 This decision is important in that it calls into question the constitutionality of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which serve as a basis for antitrust authorities to sanction anti-competitive practices if certain conditions of (...)

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin Leniency: The number of criminal sanctions imposed on individuals is dramatically increasing and civil sanctions imposed on the cartel member who cooperate with the DOJ are decreasing (The Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act)


The government is significantly strengthening the means used to promote its leniency policy (I). This reinforcement raises a series of questions about the consequences for the whistleblower in his cooperation in the civil trial (II), and about the impact of this leniency policy on (...)



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