Philippe Rincazaux, a partner in Orrick’s Paris office, is a member of the Corporate Group, and focuses 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.
Mr. Rincazaux’s approach is characterized by his ability to practise competition law in all its aspects. He has assisted companies before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority and before commercial, criminal and administrative courts and foreign competition authorities.
Mr. Rincazaux 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 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.
He has significant experience in compliance matters including drafting rules, supervising operation, company follow-up in the event of has irregularities, internally and before the relevant authorities. On occasion, Mr. Rincazaux worked not only on behalf of various companies, but also with Ethics Committees and Audit Committees. He 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.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Rincazaux was the head of the antitrust and competition department at Coudert Brothers in Paris.
He is a Board Member, Treasurer and head of International relations of the French Association of Competition Law (AFEC). Mr. Rincazaux 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).
Mr. Rincazaux 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).
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 a Non Governmental Adviser (NGA) for the International Competition Network (ICN) where he is involved in the Cartel Working Group and the Merger Working Group.
In addition, Mr. Rincazaux is a lecturer in Competition Law at MBA-ESSEC.