Romain Ferla is an Antitrust/Competition partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Paris office. Mr. Ferla has significant experience in European Union and French competition law matters, including merger control, investigation of cartels or abuses of dominance, and advising on distribution agreements (containing vertical restraints), cooperation agreements with joint ventures, and state aids and state measures distorting competition. Mr. Ferla’s successful track record in antitrust litigation includes defending and representing a wide range of clients before French courts and in administrative proceedings before the European Union and French competition authorities. He has served both as counsel to the notifying parties (private equity funds and corporate clients) and as counsel to the complainants. Romain’s recent transactions include pre-merger review of Oaktree’s acquisition of Nord Est Ileos; Axa Private Equity’s acquisition of the Fives Group; Marinopoulos’ acquisition of Carrefour’s 50% stake in Carrefour Marinopoulos; Axa Private Equity’s joint bid (with Chinese conglomerate Fosun) on Club Méditerranée. All these transactions involved multi-jurisdictional filings. Romain Ferla has been recognized as “Rising Star” for EU competition and distribution in France in Legal 500 2013.
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French courts are more and more solicited by suppliers claiming that online resellers or platforms violate their selective and/or exclusive distribution networks. We all remember the decisions recently rendered by the Paris commercial court in favour of LVMH against ebay . In a similar case, (...)
The standstill obligation in merger control procedures is not an absolute principle. Both the French Competition Authority and the European Commission recognise the possibility of exceptional derogations to this principle. In times of crisis, requests for such derogations are more frequent, and (...)
In light of the French Competition Authority’s recent conditional clearance decision in the hospital care sector, it is interesting to examine the merger control experiences of other countries in this distinctive and sensitive sector. This article proposes a comparative study of the American, (...)