Séverine Schrameck’s practice focuses on EU and French competition law, including merger control, cartel investigations, market dominance cases, and State aid.

She has extensive experience in assisting clients on merger control regulations, notably on numerous multijurisdictional transactions. She has handled complex merger control cases before both the European Commission and the French Competition Authority.

Séverine also has experience advising clients in antitrust and other government investigations, with notable representations that include a major automotive parts supplier in worldwide cartel investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, and other antitrust authorities, and follow-on damages claims.

Her wide-ranging practice includes work on foreign investment control issues and in French public law.

Séverine joined the firm as an associate in 2012 and became a partner in 2019.

Notable Experiences

  • Veolia Environnement on several antitrust and merger control cases, including its €12.9 billion acquisition of Suez; the termination of its agreement with EDF on their joint subsidiary Dalkia; and its acquisition of sole control over Dalkia International.

  • Vivendi in connection with obtaining the European Commission’s approval of its acquisition of sole control over Lagardère.

  • Decathlon in connection with the merger control aspects of the acquisition of Bergfreunde.

  • Henry Schein in the acquisition of a majority ownership stake of Biotech Dental.

  • Essilor in its €46 billion combination with Luxottica.

  • IBM in the antitrust aspects of its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat.

  • Valeo in the context of the European Commission’s investigations into thermal systems.

  • Elsan in connection with the antitrust aspects of the acquisition of Hexagone Santé Méditerranée.

  • Bridgepoint in the combination between MédiPôle Partenaires (a Bridgepoint portfolio company) and Elsan.

  • Total in its €2.5 billion acquisition of Direct Énergie and its €950 million acquisition of Saft Groupe.

  • Vallourec in the context of several antitrust matters, including NSSMC’s acquisition of a 15% stake in its capital.

  • Accor in the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Mövenpick hotels.

  • Lavazza in its €600 million acquisition of French coffee brand Carte Noire and related assets from Koninklijke Douwe Egberts.

  • Tikehau in the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Sofidy.

  • Groupama in the merger control aspects of its divestiture of GAN Eurocourtage to Helvetia and Allianz.

  • The French State with respect to the acquisition of Alstom’s Energy and Grid businesses and the potential acquisition by the French State of 20% of the company’s share capital from Bouygues.

  • Altice on EU antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Portuguese telecommunications and multimedia operator PT Portugal.

  • Several clients in connection with antitrust complaints in horizontal and vertical cases.

  • Several clients in global cartel investigations by the European Commission, the U.S. DOJ, and other antitrust authorities into possible price-fixing in the automotive parts industry, as well as in related follow-on damages claims.

  • Several clients on various regulatory questions and public law matters, notably in the finance, audiovisual, sports, transport, maritime, and energy sectors.

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Selected Activities

  • Lecturer, competition law at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Sciences Po) and corporate governance law at HEC Paris