Marie-Laure Combet

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Marie-Laure Combet is a Competition partner in Orrick's Paris office.

Marie-Laure advises clients on all aspects of French and European competition law and on all types of cases in these areas (i.e., audit/compliance, advice, merger control and administrative proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission as well as litigation before French and European courts).

Over the years, Marie-Laure has also developed significant experience in state aid matters. She has thus worked on several landmark cases mainly in the banking, air transport and energy sectors.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marie-Laure was Counsel in the Paris office of Clifford Chance.

  • Matters representative of Marie-Laure’s investigation, litigation, counseling and compliance experience include:

    • Antitrust investigations in the staffing and building industries in France
    • Strategic partnership between Air Austral and Air Madagascar
    • Malta’s support in favour of Delimara Gas and Power Energy Project
    • UK support measures in favour of Hinkley Point C power plant (EPR in the UK)
    • Antitrust investigations against big US and Korean tech companies at the EU and French levels
    • Dozens of follow-on actions before French courts
    • Orderly resolution of Crédit Foncier Immobilier
    • State support to airlines companies
    • French support in favour of financial institutions in the context of the financial crisis
    • Exclusive and special distribution rights of French banking products (Livret A, Livret Bleu)

    Matters representative of Marie-Laure’s deal experience include:

    • Sale of Naturex to Givaudan
    • Sale of DRT by Ardian
    • Acquisition by Plastic Omnium of Faurecia’s Exterior Automotive business
    • Acquisition by Cinven of Labco
    • Sale of Dexia BIL
    • Sale of Emporiki to Alpha Bank