Patrick Hubert is a competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. A leading authority on French and EU competition law, Patrick brings decades of legal experience, both in private practice and government.
In private practice, Patrick advises global tech companies and other multinationals in French and EU competition matters, including merger control filings, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, state aid and compliance work, as well as private damages actions before the French courts. In addition, he serves as vice chairman of the competition commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and chairs its merger control working party.
Band 2 ranked by Chambers and Legal 500, Patrick authored Day to Day competition law, a book on competition law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Patrick was the partner in charge of the competition practice of Clifford Chance for 10 years. He served as deputy and then chief of staff to the French Minister of Justice [1995-97 and 2002-04] and general counsel and chief investigator with the French competition authority [1999-2002], among other roles. He also served as a judge with the Conseil d’Etat (French Supreme Administrative Court).
Is a wind of change blowing through the European merger control enforcement landscape?
The response is yes, certainly.
Very recent cases or investigations launched by the European Commission alleging potential violations of merger control procedural rules by notifying parties have sent a clear signal to companies: you’d now better think twice before breaking the merger control procedural rules.
It is even truer when one considers that this may well be a trend throughout Europe. These cases have echoed back to recent similar cases, pending or closed, at the member state level (the Altice case in France, the CEE Holding Group limited/ Olympic International Holdings Limited case in Hungary, the AB Kauno Grudai / AB Vievio Paukstynas case in Lithuania, and a very recent bakery case in Slovakia). READ MORE
On March 16, 2017, the European Commission (“EC”) introduced a new tool to make it easier for individuals to alert the EC about competition law violations, mainly secret cartels, while maintaining the anonymity of the whistle-blowers.
The EC presented the objectives of the new tool (I) and how it works (II); this tool, which is not new in Europe, leaves several questions unanswered (III).