Wilhelm & Associés

Competition and Antitrust - Consumer Law - Distribution Law


This has always been one of our firm's major practice areas. We advise French and foreign companies and represent them before French or other national regulators. We are also litigation specialists in this area, representing our clients before French and European courts.

The practice group's members are regular public speakers and the authors of a number of articles and publications, including the Lettre du Droit Economique and supplements for Jurisclasseur Concurrence (Lexis Nexis Group).


Our services

Market concentration

Examination of joint ventures and mergers between companies
Notification of mergers to the French competition authority (l'Autorité de la Concurrence) and the European Commission
Organisation and defence of notifying parties' interests when the transaction is challenged
Oversight of implementation of commitments

Antitrust

Drafting and examination of vertical agreements and various forms of horizontal cooperation agreements
Assistance and defence of companies' interests in competition-related investigations
Organisation and defence of companies' interests following a claim of cartel practices or abuse of a dominant position before the French and European competition authorities or the French and European courts

Restrictive practices

Assistance and case management in disputes relating to restrictive practices such as discriminatory practices, abuse of economic dependence, price undercutting, etc.)

Regulation

Assistance and organisation of the defence of the interests of companies penetrating markets recently open to competition (including in particular on-line gaming and gambling, electricity)
Assistance and dispute resolution before regulators such as the audiovisual industry regulator (CSA)

Distribution law

Assistance with the organisation of integrated distribution networks (franchise networks, selective and/or exclusive distribution networks) and in connection with related litigation
Litigation; assistance and case management in disputes relating to unfair competition

Consumer law

Assistance with pricing practices and sales methods (selling at a loss, price reductions, tied sales, lotteries, seasonal sales promotions, etc.)

European law

Assistance and litigation services in cases before the national and European courts in connection with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European union, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights

Our clients

Distribution and service industries
Companies in regulated sectors (media, on-line gaming, energy, telecommunications, etc.)
Professional associations, unions and groups

Associations

Our firm is a member of the AFEC French competition advisory authority, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Competition section and the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law section.