Céline Verney

Hogan Lovells (Paris)
Senior associate

Céline Verney is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells Paris. She advises clients on all aspects of competition law. Experienced in merger control, she has taken part in the defense of the first company ever fined by the European Commission for implementation of a transaction before antitrust clearance (so called "gun jumping"). Céline also assists clients in international cartel cases prosecuted by the European Commission and other agencies throughout the world, in antitrust cases before the French Competition Authority, as well as in follow-on damages actions. She advises clients on State aid issues, including before administrative courts, and on their commercial and distribution agreements. Graduated from King’s College London and Sciences Po, Céline is a member of the Paris bar.

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François Brunet, Céline Verney Commitments: The European Commission clears, after an in-depth investigation and subject to commitments, a merger between two Swedish Telecommunications operators active in several European Union Member States (Telia / Bonnier)

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Le 12 novembre 2019, la Commission européenne a autorisé l’acquisition de l’opérateur Bonnier Broadcasting par le groupe suédois de télécommunications Telia. Les deux opérateurs sont présents en Suède, en Finlande, au Danemark et en Norvège. Tandis que Telia fournit des services de télécommunications fixes (...)

Eric Paroche, Céline Verney Sanction: The French Supreme Administrative Court confirms the French Competition Authority’s decision imposing a EUR 20 million fine on a French electrical household distributor for breach of its commitments undertaken in the context of a merger (Fnac / Darty)

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Dans le cadre de la prise de contrôle exclusif de Darty par la Fnac ayant été autorisée par l’Autorité de la concurrence par une décision du 27 juillet 2016, la Fnac s’était engagée à céder avant le 1er août 2017 six magasins situés à Paris et en région parisienne. Néanmoins, pour trois de ces magasins, à (...)

Eric Paroche, Céline Verney Commitments: The European Commission clears a merger, subject to several commitments, between two global manufacturers of aluminium flat rolled products (Novelis / Aleris)

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Le 1er octobre 2019, la Commission européenne a autorisé le rapprochement entre deux fabricants mondiaux de produits laminés plats en aluminium : Novelis, filiale américaine du groupe indien Hindalco, et Aleris, groupe américain également spécialisé dans la production de produits semi-finis en (...)

Eric Paroche, Céline Verney Gun-jumping: The European Commission imposes two fines totalling EUR 28 million upon one of the world major suppliers of optical products for having infringed the Merger Regulation prior notification and standstill obligations (Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)

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Warehousing – or portage – transactions, which consist in parking the target with an interim buyer in view of its onward sale to the ultimate acquirer, are no exceptions to the prohibition of gun jumping: this is, in a nutshell, the conclusion drawn by the European Commission in its decision of (...)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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 (...)

Eric Paroche, Céline Verney Clearance: The European Commission approves, subject to conditions, the creation of six joint ventures by two manufacturers in the sector of mobility services (Daimler / BMW / Car Sharing)

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On November 7, 2018, the Commission approved a concentration whereby the two German car manufacturers Daimler and BMW planned to pool their mobility service businesses, including in particular their car sharing services. The two German car makers’ project consists in the creation of six (...)

Eric Paroche, Céline Verney Structural remedies: The European Commission approves a $30 billion horizontal merger in the aviation industry, subject to the divestment of several businesses in actuators, pilot controls, ice protection and oxygen systems (UTC / Rockwell Collins)

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On 4 May 2018, the European Commission approved the acquisition by United Technologies Corporation (’UTC’) of the whole of Rockwell Collins, after a phase I investigation but subject to important structural remedies. UTC is a provider of high-technology products and services for the building and (...)

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