Adrien Giraud

National Partner

Brussels
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Avenue Louise, 480 / 3B
1050 Bruxelles
T +32 2 290 18 20
F +32 2 290 18 21
agiraudwillkie.com
Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4500
F +33 1 40 06 9606

Adrien Giraud is a national partner in the Antitrust and Competition Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Adrien’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of competition law matters, including merger control, anticompetitive practices, abuse of dominance and State aids. He provides counseling and handles litigation matters in both the EU and France. Adrien has particular experience in the sectors of energy, chemicals, car manufacturing, shipping, telecommunications, broadcasting, banking and insurance. He is fluent in French and English and conversant in Portuguese. 

Highlights

Adrien Giraud is a national partner in the Antitrust and Competition Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Adrien’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of competition law matters, including merger control, anticompetitive practices, abuse of dominance and State aids. He provides counseling and handles litigation matters in both the EU and France. Adrien has particular experience in the sectors of energy, chemicals, car manufacturing, shipping, telecommunications, broadcasting, banking and insurance. He is fluent in French and English and conversant in Portuguese. 

Selected Significant Matters

Merger Control

  • Represented CMA CGM in obtaining conditional phase 1 clearance of its acquisition of NOL
  • Represented Orange in obtaining EC approval for its €3.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel, plc
  • Represented CMA CGM in obtaining EC approval for its acquisition of OPDR
  • Representing Eurotunnel in securing merger control approval from the French Competition Authority with respect to the takeover of some assets of SeaFrance
  • Representing Orange in its procurement joint venture with Deutsche Telekom
  • Advising Rexel in its acquisition of the assets of SCT Toutelectric
  • Advising Gaz de France in its $59 billion merger with Suez (conditional Phase II European Commission decision and several other national filings)
Antitrust
  • Advising CMA CGM in an investigation by the European Commission with respect to alleged anticompetitive practices on trades to/from Europe
  • Advising Orange in the investigation led by the European Commission in the field of connectivity
  • Advising CMA CGM in a commitment procedure before the French Competition authority with respect to alleged anticompetitive practices on trades to the French West Indies
  • Representing EDF in an antitrust investigation led by the French Competition Authority in the field of solar energy
  • Advising Crédit Mutuel-CIC in an antitrust procedure brought ex officio by the French Competition Authority regarding a multilateral commission on the handling of checks

State Aid

  • Representing France Télévisions in four consecutive court victories against privately-owned French broadcasters seeking to challenge subsidies granted to France Télévisions by the French State
  • Successfully representing Crédit Mutuel in European Court proceedings to obtain the annulment of a Commission decision ordering the reimbursement of more than Euro 160 million of alleged State aid
  • Representing the French state in several state aid cases related inter alia to energy and automotive markets

Private Enforcement

  • Representing Orange in several antitrust-related private enforcement lawsuits brought before the Paris Commercial Court

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie in 2006, Adrien was an associate in the Antitrust Competition and Trade group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Visiting Lecturer at the University of La Trobe (Melbourne): teaching comparative EU/US competition law, July 2016
  • Lecturer at the University of Paris V (Paris - Descartes) since 2009: teaching EU competition law in the European Business Law master program

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Named “Rising Star” in Brussels by Euromoney LMG (2015/2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in France, Competition/Antitrust (2014/2015)

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Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Named “Rising Star” in Brussels by Euromoney LMG (2015/2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in France, Competition/Antitrust (2014/2015)
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