Faustine Viala

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (Paris)
Lawyer (Partner, Special European Counsel)

Faustine Viala is a partner in the Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group, based in the Paris office. Faustine has experience in European and French competition law. Her main areas of practice encompass merger control, anticompetitive practices (anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominant position) and distribution law, advising French and international companies. Faustine advises companies mainly active in the fields of media, sports, chemical industry, aeronautic, cosmetics and telecoms, focusing both on counseling and litigation. Prior to joining Willkie, Faustine worked as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2003 to 2006.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (Brussels)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Concurrences (London)
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
ESSEC Business School (Cergy)
Mayer Brown (Paris)
Baker Botts (Brussels)
Baker Botts (Brussels)


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Faustine Viala, Sylvain Petit The EU Court of Justice clarifies the concept of "existing aid" in a private enforcement case and holds that unlawful aid cannot be retroactively legalised by virtue of a limitation period that has lapsed (Fallimento Traghetti del Mediterraneo)


On January 23, 2019, the European Court of Justice (hereinafter the “Court” or the “ECJ”) handed down a preliminary ruling on the notion of “existing aid”. The Court held, in particular, that the circumstance where a new aid that becomes existing aid by virtue of the 10 years limitation period has (...)

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