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Search and seizure: The French Supreme Court affirms that the first president of the Court of Appeal must verify the existence of presumptions of anti-competitive practices justifying the authorisation of the OVS without being obliged, at this stage of the procedure, to say whether the denounced practices fall under merger control or the prohibition of cartels

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On January 4, 2022, the Criminal Division of the Court of Cassation handed down three rulings concerning the visit and seizure operations (OVS) ordered at the request of the General Reporter of the French Competition Authority at the premises of several companies operating in the rendering sector, in the cases n° 20-83.815 n° 20-83.817 and n° 20-83.813. It seems that following cross transfers of businesses between several companies active in the rendering sector, which were accompanied by non-competition clauses, exclusive geographical areas of intervention were reserved for each company, excluding competition between them in these areas, resulting in a

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Alain Ronzano, Search and seizure: The French Supreme Court affirms that the first president of the Court of Appeal must verify the existence of presumptions of anti-competitive practices justifying the authorisation of the OVS without being obliged, at this stage of the procedure, to say whether the denounced practices fall under merger control or the prohibition of cartels, 4 January 2022, Concurrences N° 2-2022, Art. N° 104644, www.concurrences.com

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