François Brunet

Hogan Lovells (Paris)
Lawyer (Parter)

François Brunet joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in July 2017 after a 26-year career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, based in the Paris office. Mr. Brunet’s practice focuses on EU and French competition law. Mr. Brunet has represented clients in a number of cartel/monopolization investigations and transactions in the television, cable, car equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cement, paper and other industries. Professor at the University Paris 5-René Descartes (2000-2009), he is widely published on various aspects of EU and French competition law and is distinguished as a leading competition/antitrust lawyer by Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He co-authored “La pratique communautaire du contrôle des concentrations” (De Boeck, Brussels) with Antoine Winckler and Mario Siragusa. He also co-edited with Guy Canivet, former Chief Justice of the French Cour de Cassation, an EU Competition Law Handbook (“Le nouveau droit communautaire de la concurrence”). Mr. Brunet is the President of the Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (French Committee) and a member of the board of directors of the Association des Avocats pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence. Mr. Brunet joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 2000. He graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1989 and from the Ecole HEC in 1990 (Master’s in International Finance), and received law degrees from the University of Paris II in 1992 (DEA). Mr. Brunet is a member of the Bar in Paris and is admitted to practice before the European Court of Justice and the European General Court.

Linked authors

OnPoint Analytics (Emeryville)
University of Montreal
University of East Anglia (Norwich)
Compass Lexecon (London)
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
French State Council (Paris)
French Constitutional Council (Paris)
King’s College (London)


2202 Review

François Brunet Notification: The Ministry of Economy and Finance adopts a decree simplifying the notification form to the French Competition Authority (Decree n° 2019-339)


Le 21 avril 2019 est entré en vigueur le décret portant simplification du dossier de notification à l’Autorité de la concurrence. L’adoption de ce décret fait suite aux premières conclusions rendues publiques par l’Autorité le 7 juin 2018 sur la modernisation et la simplification du contrôle des (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Revelant market: The French Competition Authority accepts to consider, for the second time, as part of one single relevant market both brick and mortar sales and online sales (Luderix International / Jellej Jouets)


Par une décision du 17 avril 2019, l’Autorité de la concurrence a autorisé le passage d’un contrôle exclusif à un contrôle conjoint sur la société Luderix, qui exploite l’enseigne de jouets Picwic. Jellej Jouets a ainsi acquis 49 % du capital et des droits de vote de la cible, les 51 % restants étant (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Clearance: The European Commission approves, subject to conditions and following an in-depth investigation, a merger between the two main refrigeration compressor producers (Nidec / Embraco)


Le 12 avril 2019, la Commission européenne a autorisé l’acquisition par Nidec, entreprise japonaise active dans le secteur des moteurs électriques et produits motorisés, d’Embraco, filiale de Whirlpool basée au Brésil et spécialisée dans la production de compresseurs frigorifiques. Les compresseurs (...)

François Brunet, Céline Verney Fine: The European Commission imposes a 52 million fine for the supply of wrong information within the framework of a merger control (General Electric / LM Wind Power)


Près de deux ans après l’amende de 110 millions d’euros imposée à Facebook pour avoir fourni des informations inexactes dans le cadre de son acquisition de WhatsApp (Comm. eur., 30 août 2017, Facebook/WhatsApp, M.8228, Art. 14(1) proc.), la Commission européenne, qui a fait de la violation des règles (...)

François Brunet, Victor Levy Joint venture: The European Commission authorizes the creation of a joint venture by an airline undertaking and a manufacturer of aeronautical, aerospace and defence-security equipment (Boeing / Safran / JV)


On 27 September 2018, the European Commission approved the creation of a joint-venture between Boeing and Safran. The joint-venture will design, manufacture and sell auxiliary power units (’APUs’), supply the spare parts associated with the APUs, and provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (...)

Bruno Lasserre, Cecilio Madero Villarejo, François Brunet, Oliver Bethell TR I - Compliance Programs: How efficient are they really? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 10 February 2012)


This first roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust”, Paris, 10 February 2012, was dedicated to the compliance programs and how efficient are they really. In the first paper, President Lasserre shares the experiment of the French Competition Authority in this area. Cecilio Madero (...)

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