Bird & Bird (London)

Ariane Le Strat

Bird & Bird (London)
Lawyer (Associate)

Ariane is an associate in the Competition & EU law team in London, advising on UK and EU competition law with a particular focus on distribution and e-commerce. She joined Bird & Bird in 2015 from the Competition and Markets Authority, where she worked as a case officer on a number of high profile investigations. Since joining the team, she has attended dawn raids by the CMA and the European Commission advising on privilege, compliance and seize and sift issues in real time. Her background on the enforcement side comes very useful when advising clients subject to competition investigations. She regularly provides strategic advice to clients including on the structure of their distribution arrangements ensuring compliance with the vertical agreement and technology transfer block exemption regulations. She also advises clients on UK and international merger control. In the last year, she has expended her expertise to contentious matters by acting for a claimant in a follow on cartel damages claim in the High Court.

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Peter Willis, Ariane Le Strat, Chloe Birkett The UK Government and the EU Commission publish a trade and cooperation act trying to control and provide a framework for regulatory divergence


The Trade and Cooperation Agreement will govern the future relationship of the UK and the EU. This article will examine some key areas to note for Competition law, reviewing important changes to state aid regulation and the Competition and Market Authority’s ("CMA") function. Introduction The (...)

Peter Willis, Ariane Le Strat The EU Commission publishes a staff working document of the vertical block exemption regulation and does not plan to relax the resale price maintenance rule for franchises


In the last few years, franchising has become an increasingly popular distribution structure across the EU. A franchise is a vertical agreement, and therefore should not contain any of the hard-core restrictions set out in the VBER in order to benefit from the block exemption. Nonetheless, it (...)

Ariane Le Strat, Peter Willis The UK Competition Authority publishes its digital markets strategy to ensure a level playing field where all businesses can compete on the merits of their offering


In the context of increasing enforcement in the digital sector, the CMA published its Digital Markets Strategy ("DMS") in July 2019. It aims to ensure a level playing field where all businesses can compete on the merits of their offering. The DMS sets out strategic aims supported by the (...)

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