Maxime de l'Estang

Counsel

Brussels
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Avenue Louise, 480 / 3B
1050 Bruxelles
T +32 2 290 18 20
F +32 2 290 18 21
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Maxime de l’Estang is counsel in the Antitrust & Competition Department. Maxime practices in all areas of antitrust law, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance and State aids. He regularly advises French and foreign clients in a wide variety of industries, with a special focus on the energy, transportation (air & sea), chemicals, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors.

Maxime de l’Estang is counsel in the Antitrust & Competition Department. Maxime practices in all areas of antitrust law, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance and State aids. He regularly advises French and foreign clients in a wide variety of industries, with a special focus on the energy, transportation (air & sea), chemicals, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors.

Selected Significant Matters

Maxime has advised on the following significant matters:

  • Air France KLM on its €4 billion French State measures to recapitalize Air France and its holding company
  • Air France KLM and Air France on securing funding of €7 billion to help overcome the COVID-19 crisis
  • CMA CGM in its acquisition, via a CHF 1.1 billion public tender offer, of CEVA Logistics
  • CMA CGM in its USD 2.4 billion acquisition of sole control of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL)
  • Suitable purchaser procedure before the European Commission further to a divestment decision
  • The formation of procurement joint ventures in the non-food retail sector
  • Follow-on private actions in the non-food retail sector
  • Counselling in arbitration proceedings in a dispute relating to a distribution agreement in the medical products sector
  • Counselling the Belgian State on various state aid matters
  • Litigation proceedings before French courts under Articles 101 & 102 TFEU for a satellite service provider
  • Article 102 TFEU complaint before the European Commission
  • Orange in an European Commission’s unannounced inspections concerning Internet connectivity services
  • Eurotunnel before the French authorities in the acquisition of Sea France’s assets
  • EDF in its acquisition of Photowatt
  • EDF in its €700 million acquisition of Edison
  • Coface as a plaintiff against two state-owned companies in the export-credit insurance sector
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its $6.8 billion acquisition Cephalon
  • Arkema before the European Commission and national authorities in its acquisition of Total’s photocures and coatings businesses

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Co-author of the article “Communication d'informations inexactes ou dénaturées : la Commission rappelle aux entreprises leur devoir de vigilance” in the review Contrats Concurrence Consommation (n° 8-9, août 2019, étude 8)
  • Co-author of the chapter on Abuse of Dominant Position in the Lamy Droit Economique treatise (2018, 2019)
  • Co-author of the Vertical Agreements (EU) chapter of the Global Competition Review’s European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review (2018)
  • Co-author of the European Union chapter of the Global Competition Review’s Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • “The European Commission prohibits a second takeover project of an airline by its close competitor (Ryanair/Aer Lingus)”, Concurrences 2-2013, p.106 (collaboration for D. Tayar)
  • “The European Commission vetoes the merger project between two major players in the express mail sector (UPS/TNT)”, Concurrences 2-2013, p.108 (collaboration for D. Tayar)
  • “The French Competition Authority sanctions a supplementary pension manager for having failed to notify a merger operation (Réunica/Arpège)”, Concurrences 2-2013, p.117 (collaboration for D. Tayar)
  • “The European Commission authorizes, subject to commitments, the acquisition of the European paper product branch of an American group by a Swedish company (SCA/Georgia-Pacific Europe)”, Concurrences 4-2012, p.113-115 (collaboration for D. Tayar)
  • “The French Competition Authority authorizes the acquisition of six companies active in the production of still and sparkling wines (Patriarche/Castel Frères)”, Concurrences 4-2012, p.117-118 (collaboration for D. Tayar)

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