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Charlotte Breuvart focuses her practice on European, French, and Belgian antitrust and competition law. She has over 20 years of experience in cartels, abuses of dominance, merger control, and State aids (both in counseling and litigation). In 2012, Charlotte contributed to obtaining the largest ever fine reduction granted by the European courts in a cartel case. She is recognized as a leading practitioner in European, French, and Belgian antitrust and competition law by independent legal directories and is one of five women partners based in Brussels who were elected as "Shining Stars" in the Private Practice section of W@Competition's Five Star Professionals Survey, Brussels Bubble (October 2021). She is also recognized in The Best Lawyers in Belgium for antitrust/competition law (2023).

Charlotte regularly advises French, Belgian, and international companies in a range of industries, with a specific focus on the energy sector.

Charlotte has been involved in several high-profile antitrust and State aid cases before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as in major M&A transactions involving multijurisdictional merger filings. She has participated in leniency applications and commitments procedures (at the EU and national levels) and implemented learning and compliance programs in antitrust and competition law. Charlotte also advises companies on general EU legislation (including freedoms of movement).

Prior to joining Jones Day, Charlotte was the resident partner-in-charge of the Brussels antitrust and competition practice of an international law firm (2007-2013). She also served as a senior antitrust in-house counsel at EDF and practiced in the Paris and Washington, D.C. offices of another international law firm.


  • EDF subsidiary Cyclife acquires Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd.Jones Day acted as antitrust counsel to EDF subsidiary Cyclife in its acquisition of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd.
  • EDF and Veolia create joint ventureJones Day acted as antitrust counsel to EDF in the formation of Waste2Glass, a 50/50 joint venture with Veolia that develops innovative radioactive waste treatment solutions based on Veolia's Geomelt® vitrification technology.
  • EDF acquires 50% of Orange ConcessionsJones Day acted as antitrust counsel to EDF Invest on the merger control/antitrust aspects of its acquisition (together with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance (CNP)) of 50% of the capital and voting rights of Orange Concessions which is active in the roll out of fiber in France in less densely populated areas.
  • Teréga successfully navigates European Commission's first State aid investigation of regulatory mechanism for storage of natural gasJones Day advised French gas storage operator Teréga SA in successfully navigating the European Commission's in-depth investigation into whether the French regulation mechanism for natural gas storage complied with EU State aid rules.
  • SUEZ sells its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its largest sale of SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations - excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities - in four continental Europe countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
  • Luminus acquires Essent BelgiumJones Day advised Luminus SA (a subsidiary of EDF SA) on the antitrust and merger control aspects of its acquisition of Essent Belgium NV.
  • Suez sells Suez Nordic to Prezero InternationalJones Day advised Suez SA, a French utilities company, in the sale of Suez Nordic AB to Prezero International GmbH, a subsidiary of the Schwarz Group.
  • EDF enters into inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany's hydrogen sectorJones Day represented EDF through its affiliates, Hynamics SA and EDF Deutschland, in its inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany’s hydrogen sector.
  • EDF and Masdar to form energy services companyJones Day acted as antitrust counsel to EDF (Electricité de France) in the formation of a joint venture company with Masdar (a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company) dedicated to energy efficiency and distributed solar power generation projects.
  • Wabtec and GE Transportation merge in $11.1 billion transactionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in a Reverse Morris Trust merger with GE Transportation, valued at $11.1 billion.
  • Global video game developer/publisher defends European Commission antitrust investigationJones Day is advising a global video game developer/publisher regarding a European Commission antitrust investigation into vertical restraints (including "geo-blocking" issues) in the video games sector.
  • Suez forms joint venture with La PosteJones Day advised Suez RV France S.A. on the creation of a joint venture with La Poste S.A., which is active in the collection and recovery of non-hazardous office waste in France.
  • Total reviews EU R&D block exemption regulationJones Day advised Total S.A. on the implementation of the EU R&D block exemption regulation.
  • EDF Luminus seeks advice on potential acquisitionsJones Day advised EDF Luminus on various potential acquisitions in the electricity and gas sector.
  • Suez SA sells SUEZ Finland waste management operations to Hartwall CapitalJones Day advised Suez SA in its sale of all shares in its Finnish recycling subsidiary SUEZ Suomi Oy to Hartwall Capital Oy AB.
  • Electricity producer and supplier seeks advice on state aid investigationJones Day advised an electricity producer and supplier in relation to the European Commission’s state aid investigation into the French capacity mechanism.
  • EDF Luminus contests controversial Belgian nuclear taxJones Day advised EDF Luminus on possible strategies and antitrust arguments to contest the controversial Belgian nuclear tax, and also represented EDF Luminus before the Belgian Constitutional Court.
  • Suez Environnement and Itochu Corporation receive advice as joint bidders in auction processJones Day provided merger, acquisition, and antitrust assistance to Suez Environnement Company SA and Itochu Corporation as joint bidders in the auction process for the acquisition of the Belgian target company, Indaver NV.
  • Additional Publications

    • January 2019
      Gascogne, Kendrion, and ASPLA: Little Relief from the Slow Wheels of Justice, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 10, Issue 1
    • December 2005
      Misuse of Patent and Drug Regulatory Approval Systems in the Pharmaceutical Industry, An analysis of US and EU converging approaches, European Competition Law Review (ECLR)

    Speaking Engagements

    • March 24, 2022
      Competition Law in the Energy Sector Conference organized by Informa Connect. Moderation of the panel on Merger Control and Foreign Direct Investment in the Energy Sector.
    • December 6, 2019
      Conference on Recent Developments in EU Competition Law organized by the Delegation of French Bars in Brussels. Presentation on Recent EU merger control developments.
    • June 20, 2019
      Conference on "Public policies and Competition" co-organized by L'Entente and W@
    • March 27, 2019
      Panel on Digital RPM: Online Sales, Platforms & Algorithms. Presentation on "Online platforms: RPM and beyond", ABA 67th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting
    • September 25, 2018
      Conference on "Creation and defense of European champions: Asset in globalization, challenge for European competition policy?" organized by L'Entente
    • November 15, 2017
      Conference on Sensitive Antitrust Issues hosted by EMEA Conferences. Presentations on (i) joint and several liability under the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions and (ii) exchange and disclosure of sensitive information in the context of vertical agreements (intermediaries included): Dos and Don’ts
    • September 10, 2014
      Workshop organized by Concurrences on Trustees and Merger Remedies