Philippe Rincazaux, a partner in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Corporate group.
Mr. Rincazaux focuses his practice on European and French antitrust and competition law. He regularly advises French and international companies in antitrust and merger control matters before European and French courts.
His approach is characterized by the ability to practise competition law in all its aspects. He has assisted companies before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority but also before commercial, criminal and administrative courts and foreign competition authorities.
Philippe has worked on complex cartel cases, implying negotiated proceedings (settlement, in particular with the European Commission) as well as private proceedings before courts.
He has also defended industrial and technology companies in cases relating to the accusation of abuse of a dominant position, either individually or collectively, both before competition authorities and courts.
His merger practice includes a wide range of international transactions and issues relating to collective dominant positions, which he has defended before the French Competition Authority and the French administrative supreme court.
Mr. Rincazaux possesses thorough knowledge of State aids, notably in the context of privatizations before the European Commission, in addition to the French judicial and administrative courts.
Mr. Rincazaux also has significant experience in compliance matters: including drafting rules for them, supervising their operation, company follow-up in the event of has irregularities, internally and before the relevant authorities. He has on occasion worked not only on behalf of various companies but also with Ethics Committees and Audit Committees.
Mr. Rincazaux works especially in the fields of audit, the chemical industry, electronics and information technology products, energy (oil, gas, electricity), food, health, the hotel industry, luxury goods, mass consumer products, telecommunications, toy industry, transport and media.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Rincazaux was the head of the antitrust and competition department at Coudert Brothers in Paris.
Mr. Rincazaux is a Board Member, Treasurer and head of International relations of the French Association of Competition Law (AFEC). He is a founding member and Vice President of the French Association of Competition Attorneys (APDC) and a member of the European Competition Lawyers Forum (ELCF).
He is an Officer of the Antitrust Committee of the IBA, a member of the ABA, of the BIAC Competition Committee, and a member of the Business Law Committee of the MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France, French Business Association).
In addition, he is an associate expert at the European Center for Law and Economics and a member of the Montaigne Institute. He was designated by the French competition authorities as “Non Governmental Adviser” (NGA) for the International Competition Network (ICN) where he is involved in the Cartel Working Group and the Merger Working Group.
Mr Rincazaux is a lecturer in Competition Law at MBA-ESSEC.
Chambers Europe 2013: "Philippe Rincazaux has been the lead lawyer on many important cases for the firm, such as for Deloitte and SC Johnson."
Chambers Europe 2012: "Peers highly recommend Philippe Rincazaux, who regularly advises on complex cartel matters, including the Total cartel case. He has also developed a practice in state aid and privatisations."
Legal 500 2012: "Philippe Rincazaux advises major groups on EU and French merger control and antitrust matters. The team successfully represented Total in the alleged jet fuel cartel in La Reunion and in proceedings regarding the LPG market."
Legal 500 2011: “Orrick Rambaud Martel’s practice is led by the ‘very good’ Philippe Rincazaux, who stands out for his ‘excellent écritures’. The seven-lawyer team handles major antitrust and merger-control cases. It represented Areva T&D on the sale of its transmission and distribution business to Alstom, and Schneider and Total in the jet-fuel cartel in La Reunion.”
Chambers Europe 2011: "Sources confirm that this full-service competition practice is making good progress in the market. Advice on industrial operations such as joint ventures and restructurings is a particular area of strength. Group head Philippe Rincazaux provides counsel to French and international clients from a wide range of sectors on antitrust, competition and regulatory matters, representing them before European and French courts and competition and regulatory authorities. Peers comment that he is “very bright” and “has the trust of important clients."
Chambers Europe 2010: “Clients recommend this competition team for assistance on industrial operations such as joint ventures and restructurings. Advising companies on a number of matters including merger control, cartel and abuse of dominant position, the six-lawyer group stands out for its dedication, hard work and availability. Practice head Philippe Rincazaux offers creative solutions and is considered extremely pleasant to work with.”
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession: listed as "a leading individual", "impressive knowledge and phenomenal capacity for work."
PLC Which Lawyer 2008: "successfully developed the French arm of the firm's competition law practice, advising on EC and French competition law, as well as distribution, consumer and economic law, in a wide range of industries."