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Michel Roseau is a lawyer in Orrick's Paris office, in charge of the Competition law team. His broad practice covers particularly European law, State aid law, antitrust, litigation and merger control notifications (both as regulator and in private practice) and distribution law.
French and foreign companies and conglomerates rely on Michel to help them with strategic transactions or conflicting issues on the French energy, transportations, telecommunications, consumer goods and manufacturing markets, as well as regarding the European legislation. According to Chambers & Partners, clients praise Michel for being “very reliable from a technical point of view” and for his solution-oriented approach.
Michel has advised notably RATP and Vivendi on the merger control issues arising from their external growth operations and Astom’s board on the sale of its power units to General Electric. He also counseled French perfumes retailer Marionnaud Parfumeries before the French Competition Authority for the examination of the acquisition by Advent International of its competitor Nocibé.
Michel previously served several executive positions in the French administration, notably at the Ministry of European Affairs and Ministry of Economy and Finance. From 2002 to 2006, Michel Roseau was Director of the antitrust unit of the French Office of Fair Trading (Direction Générale de la Concurrence), where he coordinated numerous antitrust investigations, participated in drafting EU and French laws on competition issues and appeared before the Paris Court of Appeal many times as the Government Commissioner for antitrust litigation. Before joining Orrick, Michel was a partner at Bird & Bird.
Michel regularly publishes articles in the Competition Review (Revue Concurrences) journal. He also teaches “European litigation” in the “Business European Law” Masters program at the University Paris II – Panthéon-Assas.