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  • Olivier Billard

    • Olivier Billard, Partner, is a member of the Competition and EU Law team. He represents French and international companies before French and European regulatory authorities and courts, with a particular focus on merger control, state aid, antitrust litigation (cartels, abuse of dominant position) and private damages claims.

      His experience spans a wide variety of sectors, including retail, financial services, energy, transport, heavy industries, pharmaceuticals, food, consumer goods, electronics, luxury goods, sport, media and entertainment.

      He also has recognized expertise in distribution networks, in particular selective distribution of luxury and high-tech products.

    • Professional career

      Prior to joining Bredin Prat in 2001, he had practised for several years at well-known firms in Paris and Brussels.

    • Academic career

      Admitted to the Brussels Bar (2008) and the Paris Bar (1998), Olivier is a graduate of the University of Montpellier (Magistère, DJCE and DESS in business law; CES in economic law).

    • Decorations

      “Olivier Billard is recognized as 'among the best of his generation' and for 'his experience in high-profile cases in the merger world and litigation world as well as huge state aid'. He is appreciated for his 'great capacity to really reverse the trend during a hearing.'”
      Chambers Europe

      Recognised “Thought Leaders - Global Elite - Competition - State Aid” and “Thought Leaders Global Elite - Competition”
      “Olivier Billard stands out as 'one of the stars of the new generation' of leading competition lawyers. He enjoys a superb international reputation for his work handling merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance cases.”
      Who's Who Legal 

      “Olivier Billard is one of the standout partners in the market, he is considered as a 'clear leader in the field.'”
      Global Competition Review

      Olivier Billard “is exceptional and makes himself available.”
      Recognized as a 'Leading Lawyer' in EU, Competition and Distribution
      The Legal 500 EMEA

    • Recent experiences

      Olivier has recently advised:

      Suez before the European Commission and the General Court of the European Union in connection with the public offer launched by Veolia

      Illumina before the French Competition Authority and the French Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’État) in connection with the first request for referral to the European Commission of a concentration falling under jurisdictional thresholds

      Ingenico before the European Commission in connection with the merger control filing of the friendly share exchange offer launched by Worldline

      PSA Peugeot Citroën on its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

      Christian Dior and LVMH in connection with an investigation from the French Competition Authority in the luxury eyewear sector

      Coca-Cola before the Paris Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in connection with a litigation for abuse of dominance brought by Intermarché

      Andros before the Paris Court of Appeal against a decision from the French Competition Authority in the fruit sold in cups and flasks sector