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François Brunet


François Brunet
English, French
Practice Group
François Brunet co-leads the Paris office's Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice. Through his diverse practice in many industry sectors, François is able to look at issues from all angles and to put forward workable solutions.

He provides strategic advice to companies on managing merger control constraints and assists them in their filings with the European Commission, the French Competition Authority and other authorities worldwide.

François also advises companies in antitrust proceedings before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority, and represents them before the European and French Courts. In particular, François helps management teams define the most appropriate strategies to minimize financial and reputational risks in cases of alleged infringements.

Representative experience

Notification to the European Commission of major M&A transactions (Rexel/Hagemeyer, BNP Paribas/Fortis, Veolia/Dalkia International, Altice/PT Portugal)

Representation of a number of car equipment suppliers in cartel investigations before the European Commission

Representation of Henkel in infringement proceedings before the French Competition Authority and subsequent litigation proceedings

Representation of Saint-Louis Sucre in its antitrust complaint against Tereos before the French Competition Authority

Representation of Manpower in connection with a number of antitrust follow-on damage claims initiated before French commercial courts

Education and admissions


  • Master of Laws, Assas University, 1992
  • Master in Finance, HEC School of Management, Paris, 1991
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure, 1989


  • President of the Competition Commission of the French Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Association des Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la concurrence (APDC)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris
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