Antitrust

Franklin offers an experienced and innovative competition and distribution law team, providing transactional and litigation services for French and overseas corporations.

We handle every aspect of merger control proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, bringing to bear deep cross-border expertise and working with local lawyers on cross-border cases. Our team is known for its strength in handling the most complex cases. We also represent clients before the French and European courts in matters involving cartels, abuses of a dominant position, restrictive trade practices and distribution law issues.

Our team also offers longstanding experience of handling State aid matters. We develop global-standard risk management strategies, and provide tailored compliance counsel through standalone compliance programs and on an on-going advisory basis.

Merger control

We accompany our clients from deal structuring through every key stage of the merger process, assisting with “controllability” reviews; handling notifications, negotiating and monitoring commitments; and leading work in any potential appeals.

Cartels, abuse of a dominant position & private enforcement

We assist plaintiffs or defendants in proceedings involving cartels and abuses of a dominant position before the French and European courts. We also assist with private enforcement actions.

State aid

We help clients assess the legality of state aid, guide them through the European Commission’s notification process, and represent them in EU-wide State aid litigation.

Distribution & restrictive trade practices

We advise clients on structuring and protecting distribution networks for their products or services and on dealing with restrictive trade practices.
We also offer deep experience in handling contentious cases in this field.

Compliance & risk management

We assist clients with the full range of business-critical risk management issues.
Our experienced team provides strategic and legal counsel, developing competition law compliance programmes which are individually tailored to the specific needs of each client. We offer a strong cross-practice capability, combining global-standard competition law compliance counsel with the skills of our employment law and data protection teams.