Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)

François-Charles Laprévote

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

François-Charles Laprévote is a partner with Cleary Gottlieb, based in the firm’s Brussels office. Mr. Laprévote’s practice focuses on European competition and international trade law, including merger control, State aid, cartel investigations, market dominance and trade defense instruments. Mr. Laprévote has advised financial institutions in several major State aid cases related to the current economic and financial crisis, including Dexia in all aspects of its restructuring and orderly resolution and BNP Paribas in its acquisition of Fortis Bank. Mr. Laprévote has also advised and represented corporate clients and financial institutions before the European Commission or national authorities in numerous antitrust or merger control cases, including an investigation by the European Commission in the LCD sector ; NYSE Euronext in its contemplated merger with Deutsche Börse and Google in the French Competition Authority’s investigation of online advertising. Mr. Laprévote also represented clients before European Courts in several litigation cases, including Veolia in connection with its acquisition of SNCM and the European Central Bank in connection with its localization policy regarding CCPs. Mr. Laprévote has represented clients before the European Commission in a number of trade defense investigations, including in the monosodium glutamate, aluminium foil and WWAN modems sectors. He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s Committee on Trade and Investment. Mr. Laprévote joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2013. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the economic adviser of the French Minister for European Affairs. From 2002 to 2005, he was a detached national expert in the Directorate General for External Trade of the European Commission, where he was in charge of negotiations on services and investment. From 1998 to 2002, he served at the Inspection Générale des Finances, the internal auditing and consulting body of the French Ministry for Finance. Mr. Laprévote graduated from the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1998 and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) in 1993. Mr. Laprévote received a maîtrise in European and International Law from the University of Paris (Assas) in 1994. Mr. Laprévote is a member of the Bars of Paris and Brussels. Mr. Laprévote’s native language is French. He is fluent in English, proficient in German and has a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.


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François-Charles Laprévote, Theodora Zagoriti The EU Commission extends for the fourth time the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


On October 13, the Commission extended and expanded for the fourth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”).. Based on this amendment, all TF provisions are extended until June 30, 2021 while the section on (...)

François-Charles Laprévote, Séverine Schrameck, Aurèle Delors, Laura Chovet-Ballester The French Government temporarily reduces the threshold for review of non-EU/EEA investments in French listed companies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


On July 23, 2020, the French Government published a Decree and a Ministerial Order to temporarily reduce the threshold for review of nonEU/EEA investments in French listed companies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As explained by the French Minister for the Economy, “[w]hile most (...)

Richard Sultman, Sean Mernagh, François-Charles Laprévote The EU General Court strikes down the Commission’s decision ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion from a big tech company for illegal State aid (Apple)


On July 15, 2020, the European Union’s second- highest court, the General Court (the “Court”), annulled the 2016 decision of the European Commission (the “Commission”) ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion (€14.3 billion with interest) in back-taxes from Apple which the Commission considered to be (...)

François-Charles Laprévote, Richard Pepper Competition policy & COVID-19 : An overview of antitrust agencies’ responses


The COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented issues for businesses and the global economy as a whole. The antitrust community is at the early stages of reacting to the situation : agency staff are working hard to keep the wheels on their existing workload, while taking steps to alleviate immediate supply and liquidity issues ; meanwhile, the antitrust bar has started to debate with characteristic alacrity the appropriate short, medium, and even long-term responses to the challenges raised by the outbreak.

Edward Crane, Aurèle Delors, John Messent, Francesco Iodice, Mirko von Bieberstein, Michael J. Ulmer, Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini, Nicholas Levy, François-Charles Laprévote, Richard Pepper, Konstantin Bondarenko The EU Commission issues guidance on the screening of foreign direct investments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


In a March 25, 2020 communication, the European Commission (“EC”) issued guidance on the screening of foreign direct investments (“FDI”) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The communication identifies an increased risk of attempts by non-EU acquirers to obtain control over suppliers of (...)

François-Charles Laprévote, Theodora Zagoriti, Giulio Cesare Rizza The EU Commission adopts a Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak


On March 19, the Commission adopted a communication (the “Temporary Framework”) setting out a temporary framework for the implementation of less stringent State aid rules in order to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the limited size of the EU budget, most of the (...)

Amélie Champsaur, Daniel P. Culley, François-Charles Laprévote, Till Mueller-Ibold The EU Commission approves a COVID-19 related measure aimed at compensating event organisers for losses caused by cancellation


Recognizing the serious economic consequences that the COVID-19 crisis may create, on March 12 the Commission approved within 24 hours of notification a COVID-19 related measure in Denmark aimed at compensating event organizers for losses caused by cancellations. Following this initial ad hoc (...)

François-Charles Laprévote, Richard Pepper, Séverine Schrameck, Aurèle Delors The EU Parliament and Council enact a regulation establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union


On October 11, 2020, the EU Foreign Direct Investment Regulation—which establishes a European framework for the screening of foreign investments into the European Union— entered into force. The legislation attempts to address growing concerns (compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic) regarding (...)

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Thomas Graf The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigations on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)


On May 18, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 investigation of its acquisition of WhatsApp The magnitude of the fine dwarfs the few penalties the Commission has imposed in the past for (...)

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Burcu Can, François-Charles Laprévote, Johannes Laitenberger, Simon J. Evenett Competition and trade policies : TTIP or the return of the UFOs ? (Demain la concurrence, Paris, 13 Juin 2016)


La première table-ronde de la conférence “Demain la concurrence”, qui s’est déroulée le 13 juin 2016 à Paris, était dédiée aux liens entretenus entre la politique de concurrence et la politique commerciale à la lumière de la négociation actuelle du TTIP entre l’Union européenne et les Etats-Unis. Après une (...)


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