Marie-Laure Combet is a partner in Orrick's Paris Antitrust & Competition Group.

Marie-Laure has been lucky to gain top-notch experience working for years alongside a former French Minister for European Affairs and former top civil servants from either French or European administrations, particularly renowned for their outstanding practice of general EU law or EU and French competition laws.

She now puts this experience at the service of Orrick's clients. The fact that she has always navigated between two legal orders (EU and French), and not only in the field of antitrust, allows her to think outside the box when it comes to finding original solutions.

Marie-Laure regularly advises on competition matters and related types of work, including compliance, advisory/transactional, and contentious matters. Over the years she has developed a significant experience in relation to State aid matters, i.e., handling very high-profile cases notably in the banking sector, the air transportation and energy sectors, as well as general EU law and regulatory matters. Additionally, Marie-Laure has deployed several compliance programs with clients and assisted them in the implementation of their behavioural commitments made to the French Competition Authority. She also assists foreign investors in relation to their reportable direct investments in strategic sectors in France or at EU level.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marie-Laure was Counsel at Clifford Chance Europe LLP in Paris. She previously worked as a lawyer with JeantetAssociés and Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • 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