We aim to set up a "legal hacker space" for your business. A co-extensive firm with clients’ resources, sharing its knowledge and humbly listening to them, a temporary association around a project, in which the legal order will be challenged if necessary. We provide you competition law practitioners, diversifying in all branches of law (public law, contract law, civil liability, ...), open to multidisciplinarity and not afraid of being legally disruptive or stick fast and fiercely defend a line of reasoning.
Rivalry between undertakings is not fortuitous; it is at the core of our economy. The more companies endorse diverse management disciplines and create differentiation, the more they enhance their rivalry. The more they develop, the more they clash, hinder... fight each other, and if necessary by other means than the merit of their products exclusively. Without rivalry, there is no emulation and no economic progress.
The aim of economic law is to distinguish, within these rivalries, those that "produce" community well-being from the others. Its aim is not to make the conflict disappear but to make it shift towards productive social phenomena, a – temporary - condition of "free and fair competition". Economic law is thus a law "for competition" and not only the prohibition of cartels and abuses of dominant positions, to which it has been unduly reduced. The norm, or at least its interpretation, is no longer external, which would aim at eliminating rivalry between actors, but is one of the stakes of competition, hence its unpredictable character. Approaches for interpreting the norm are numerous and depend on the social interest which is aimed at being protected, be it consumers, producers, new entrants or the public service.
Our intervention by your side is aimed at making this characteristic a field of opportunities. This vision is not revolutionary. It is commonly thought to belong to new alternative players, new entrants and companies wishing to operate in highly regulated markets. It is actually by working with them that we have learned, experienced it and developed our know-how.
However, this approach of the law should no longer belong to disruptors only. It is true that the use of economic law by incumbents and against incumbents did force new entrants to integrate it within their own business models. Today, digitalisation places all businesses in a new entrant position, even the most powerful ones.
Therefore, we strongly believe that lawyers are essential to companies to set standards together. There is no need for lawyers seeking to apply law in a mechanical, linear and statistical way. Lawyers must get involved in the development of new playing field standards, at the interplay of several disciplines; they should put rules in perspective, identify new ones, work to make obsolete standards disappear, pre-emptively act by proposing judicial strategies before the various available institutions (Commission, Regulatory Authorities, Courts, Conseil d’Etat, arbitration,...), working always with the company’s resources but also with economists, communication specialists, strategy consultants and other colleagues.