Étienne Chantrel (French Competition Authority): Further reform of merger control

Étienne Chantrel, Deputy General Case Handler and Head of the Mergers Department of the French Competition Authority, reviews his department’s activity and discusses the merger control reform.

Interview conducted by Faustine Viala, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Paris.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. After serving as Adviser for Structural Reforms and Competition in the Cabinet of Economics Ministers Arnaud Montebourg and Emmanuel Macron (2014-2016), you were appointed Deputy General Rapporteur and Head of the Merger Department of the Competition Authority on 1 February 2017. After a little over two years at the head of this department, what is your general assessment of the activity of the Merger Department during your mandate? The activity of the Merger Department has been particularly sustained and has been growing steadily for several years. If we restrict ourselves to the partial indicator of merger authorization decisions rendered, we have set a

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