Valérie Rabassa

Midi-Pyrénées Regional Board (Toulouse), University of Toulouse
Senior Partner in a Consulting Firm

Former chief economist at the DGCCRF, Valérie Rabassa has a Ph.D in economics from Toulouse University. She has a master on mathematical economics and econometrics. Between 2000 and 2003 she was case officer at the Merger Task Force, DG COMP, European Commission under the direction of Enrique Gonzalez Diaz. She worked, among others, on the following cases: Alcan/Pechiney, Alcoa/Reynolds, AOL/Time Warner; EMI/Time Warner, Vivendi/Universal, Pernod-Ricard/Seagram, CVC/Lenzing, Canal+/RTL/Groupe Jean-Claude Darmon, etc. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Chief Economist Office at DG COMP, under the direction of Lars-Hendrik Roeller and then Damien Neven. She represented the Chief Economist, among others, on the following cases: Suez/Gaz de France, Cartes Bancaires, MasterCard, De Beers/Alrosa, Football Premier League, Blackstone/Acetex, Lagardère/Natexis/VU, Alstom, etc. She has lately accepted to become Chief Economist at the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, French Ministry of Economics and Finance.

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3161 Bulletin

Benoît Durand, Valérie Rabassa The European Commission receives a notification for the proposed acquisition of a producer in the acetyls and plastic business by a U.S. private merchant-banking company addressing the issue of the role of quantitative analysis to delineate antitrust markets (Blackstone/Acetex)


"The role of quantitative analysis to delineate antitrust markets: An example. Blackstone / Acetex"* Introduction On 20 January 2005, the Commission received a notification for the proposed acquisition of Acetex, an active producer in the acetyls and plastic business, by Blackstone, a U.S. (...)

Caroline Boeshertz, Gwenaëlle Nouët, Laurent Petit, Thibaut Kleiner, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Valérie Rabassa The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the publishing sector (Lagardère / Natexis / VUP)


"Lagardère/Natexis/VUP: big deal in a small world"* The COMP/M.2978 Lagardère/Natexis/VUP case concerned the proposed acquisition of Editis (formerly called Vivendi Universal Publishing or VUP) by the Lagardère conglomerate. Before the transaction, Editis was the leader in the publishing, (...)

28429 Review

Antoine Gosset-Grainville, Denis Samuel Lajeunesse, François Souty, Frédéric Jenny, Guillaume Cerutti, Hubert Legal, Jacques Barrot, Jacques Derenne, Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, Jean-Yves Chérot, Laurence Idot, Marc van Hoof, Marie-Dominique Hagelsteen, Nicola Pesaresi, Valérie Rabassa, Xavier de Roux Conference: The EC State Aid Reform (Paris, 8 December 2005)


The proceedings of this colloquium are organised in two parts. In the first stage, the two main axes of the reform are studied: In substantive terms, the aim of the Community reform is to introduce a more economic analysis of aid in this area too. Following the presentation made by Ms Rabassa (...)

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