Five privileged sectors
Some sectors of activity are largely supervised and/or highly technical. Besides the competition courts and authorities, the way in which they work requires the intervention of specific regulatory authorities. The balance of power on these markets often falls within the same kinds of problems (technical and pricing supervision, conditions of access to the market). Their evaluation requires an in-depth knowledge of the sector, its stakeholders and authorities.
The Firm plays an active role in liberalising the energy sector alongside new entrants with respect to all their problems in relation to long-standing operators: transport, distribution, relations with end users. The Firm’s characteristic is to combine regulatory and competitive approaches to ensure compliance of national law with principles of the EU law.
Emblematic sector of upheaval brought about by technological progress and the rise in competition, telecommunications provide a platform for large-scale investment, constant reviews of business models and attempts at collaboration between suppliers, which continue to attract the attention of the authorities. Having been involved in its evolution since 1999, the partners of the Firm boast a unique expertise of this sector. Besides liberalisation, unbundling, the development of ADSL or matters related to directory information bases, the partners have been involved in disputes related to digital ecosystems and defended the Net neutrality.
The Firm advises and represents several operators from the life sciences sector with respect to their competition matters (distribution to private practices and hospitals, pricing, relations between stakeholders, relationships between brand-name and generic drugs), as well as professional associations. In relation to all regulatory aspects, the partners work in an integrated way with specialists in life sciences.
MEDIAS (TV AND RADIO)
The Firm assists a number of major operators of the media sector as regards matters of content, agreements with right holders, distribution, technical integration of platforms and solutions, or even relations between competitors. This expertise often requires strong endorsement of sector regulations of electronic communications.
The Firm assists sector authorities in their relations with users of the railway network, especially concerning technical and price-related conditions of access to the network, the content of the network reference document or litigation on decisions before the Appeal Court of Paris.