Sylvie Grando

Cahn Wilson (Paris)
Lawyer (Of Counsel)

Sylvie heads up the EU, competition and regulatory practice in Paris and is a member of the firm’s EU & competition law group. She has extensive experience of competition law, (antitrust, merger control, European control of state aid, monopolies and deregulation) and has developed significant expertise in litigation involving monopolistic operators notably in railways, games, distribution and press. Within the framework of merger control, Sylvie regularly intervenes on behalf of companies before the French and European competition authorities, e.g. in defence, insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. Sylvie joined Simmons & Simmons Paris in February 2009 from August & Debouzy, where she headed the EU, Competition department.


15509 Bulletin

Emilie Minard-Driss, Sylvie Grando The French Competition Authority restrictively applies the ECHR to competition law proceedings in a case of public tendering (Strasbourg European Parliament works)


In its decision n°05-D-51 dated 21 September 2005, the French Competition Council ("Conseil de la concurrence", hereafter the "Council") sanctioned anti-competitive agreements between public work firms. This decision concerned the construction of benches and offices for the European Parliament (...)

Alexandra Lamothe, Sylvie Grando The French Competition Council fines € 75.000 a price resale maintenance agreement in the weapons and ammunition distribution sector on the basis of both Art. 81 EC and national provisions (Browning Winchester)


The case had been brought before the Competition Council by an armourer, following the termination by BWF of its commercial relationship with the manufacturer, which leads the French firearms’ market along with Beretta-Benelli France. The Council considered that BWF had established an (...)

Alexandra Lamothe, Sylvie Grando The French Supreme Court decides that the principle of procedural autonomy requires that the national competition authority that applies Art. 81-82 EC implement the rules of internal procedure and not Community procedure


Court of Cassation (Commercial Division), 14 December 2004, Pourvoi n° 02-17.012, Pharma Lab SA v. Glaxosmithkline GSK, and others ; Bull. 2004, IV, n° 225, p. 254 Doc. sur Legifrance Doc. PDF On 14 December 2004, the Court of Cassation quashed a judgement of the Paris Court of Appeal for (...)

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