Jérôme Vidal

SGAE - Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européennes (Paris)
Head of the Competition and State Aids Unit

Jérôme Vidal is head of the "Competition and State Aids" unit at the French SGAE. He was previously Deputy Head of the Mergers Unit at the Autorite de la concurrence. He is graduated from Bordeaux IEP and has a DEA diploma in Political Science. He first held a position as writer officer at the 3B unit for national mergers control at the DGCCRF, before becoming seconded National Expert at the European Commission Directorate for Competition (DG COMP). Then he was appointed European affairs Adviser to the Autorité de la concurrence President and Permanent case officer at the Autorité de la concurrence Mergers Unit, before becoming General Inspector at the DGCCRF and Head of the city of Lille Competition investigations interregional brigade (BIEC – Brigade interrégionale d’enquêtes de concurrence), and then Head of the entire Competition control services for the Nord – Pas-de-Calais region. He used to teach Competition Law at the Lille SKEMA Business School and at the Montpellier Competition, consumption and fraud control National School.


5568 Bulletin

Adrian Lübbert, Jérôme Vidal, Jocelyn Guitton The EU Commission approves a merger between two US software companies subject to a set of commitments ensuring fair competition in the sector of computer security (Intel / McAfee)


Intel/McAfee* Introduction On 26 January 2011 the European Commission approved the proposed acquisition of McAfee by Intel, both of the US. The approval is conditional upon a set of commitments ensuring fair competition in the sector of computer security. Computer security is a growing (...)

Catherine Boussac, Jennifer Siroteau, Jérôme Vidal, Thomas Piquereau The French Minister of the Economy clarifies its position on the risk of coordination by parent companies while clearing its first transaction in the banking sector (Natixis)


Summary The NatIxis case was the first decision by the French Minister of the Economy on an important merger in the banking sector, which was recently included in his area of responsibility. Examination of the proposed merger provided the occasion to apply a national approach to the banking (...)

1704 Review

Catherine Prieto, Laurence Idot, Martine Behar-Touchais, Florian Bien, David Bosco, Josep M. Carpi Badia, Etienne Chantrel, Marta Giner Asins, Didier Theophile, Simon Vande Walle, Jérôme Vidal Towards a European merger control network


The European Competition Network (ECN), which is well-known as an effective mechanism of cooperation for the application of articles 101 and 102 TFEU, is not extended to merger rules. However, the need for cooperation in this area encouraged the Commission and the national competition (...)

Jérôme Vidal Analysis of intra- and inter-brand competition in mergers within distribution networks: Review of the French Competition Authority’s decision-making practice in the retail sector


During the assessment of an acquisition by the head of the network of one of its members in the spring of 2018, in the food retail sector, the Autorité de la concurrence specified the manner in which it conducts the competitive analysis of this type of merger. Thus, even in the absence of a (...)

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