Marie-Laure Combet

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)
Lawyer/Attorney>Of counsel

Marie-Laure Combet is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paris. Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Ms Combet was Counsel in the antitrust practice of a magic circle law firm. Her practice focuses on merger control, antitrust and state aid issues, both at French and European levels. She holds a joint degree in Global Business Law from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne/Sciences Po Paris and a master in European Law from the University of Paris II-Assas. She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2007.

Linked authors

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (Paris)
Eversheds Sutherland (Paris)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)

Articles

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Marie-Laure Combet The EU Court of Justice rules that Article 101 TFEU does not apply to circumstances where two separate and competing tenders are submitted by entities controlled by the same parent company (Specializuotas transportas)

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Does the EU Court of Justice “Specializuotas transportas” case ring the death knell of the French derogation to intra-group immunity? In its judgment Šiaulių regiono atliekų tvarkymo centras and Ecoservice projektai UAB (Case C-531/16) rendered on May 17, 2018, the EU Court of Justice has ruled (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French Competition Council finds the incumbent rail operator guilty of implementing discriminatory practices in favor of its online travel subsidiaries and for entering into an anti-competitive partnership (SNCF /Expedia)

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I. Facts The French rail operator SNCF enjoys a legal monopoly on passenger rail transport. However, train tickets themselves are sold through three main distribution channels : SNCF’s physical sales points as well as its merchant website operated by its VSC subsidiary (which altogether account (...)

Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French Supreme Administrative Court delineates an administrative judge’s jurisdiction over governmental decisions when applying Art. 88.3 EC (Comité national des interprofessions des vins à appellations d’origine)

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This is the first time that the French Supreme Administrative Court has had to decide on an application for annulment for refusing to report State measures which may qualify as state aid. The case at stake provided the French Supreme Administrative Court with an opportunity to specify the types (...)

Dan Roskis, Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the possibility for a fragrance manufacturer to exclude pure players and to restrict internet sales within its selective distribution network (PMC Distribution / Pacific Création)

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Facts and Ruling In the present case, the dispute arose between Pacific Creation, a fragrance manufacturer and retailer and PMC Distribution (PMC), a pure player which offers branded products exclusively on the Internet. In France, Pacific Creation‘s fragrances are retailed through a selective (...)

Dan Roskis, Marie-Laure Combet, Noëlle Lenoir The French NCA applies for the second time leniency and highlights discrepancy with EC competition law on concerted practices’ burden of proof ("Removals cartel")

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Summary of the decision Following an investigation with dawn raids and seizures initiated further to a leniency application, the French Competition Council has sanctioned a horizontal cartel between twelve companies in the sector of national and international removals to and from France, (...)

7464 Review

Marie-Laure Combet, Patrick Hubert Exploitative abuse: The end of the Paradox ?

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Whilst the prohibition of exploitative abuse - in particular, of excessive pricing - is normally the most protective of consumers, it is the least frequently prosecuted offence. This paradox, which is justified by the existence of strong conceptual objections and practical difficulties, may (...)

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