EricBarbier de La Serre


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Eric Barbier de La Serre has 20 years of experience in European and French competition law. He has handled numerous antitrust and state aid cases involving the telecommunications, electronic components, media, financial services, and energy sectors.

Eric has been involved in settlement, commitment, interim relief, and sanctions proceedings before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority. He also has very extensive litigation experience before the EU courts and regularly advises on other aspects of EU law such as free movement of goods and services.

Prior to working in private practice at several international law firms, Eric served for five years as référendaire and then Chef de Cabinet to BoVesterdorf, at that time president of the European Court of First Instance (today's General Court) in Luxembourg.

He is consistently ranked in Chambers, Legal 500, and The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.

Eric teaches EU competition law at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has published more than 40 legal journal articles and more than 260 case notes on EU competition law and litigation. He is also a member of the board of the Association des avocats praticiens du droit de la concurrence.


  • Société Générale sells Societe Generale Serbia and Sogelease Serbia to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in the sale of 100 percent of the shares in its subsidiary Societe Generale Serbia (SGS) and Sogelease Serbia to OTP Bank Nyrt., including the indirect sale of 100 percent of the shares in SG Leasing (SGS' wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to leasing activities).
  • Société Générale sells its majority stake in Mobiasbanca Societe Generale (Moldova) to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in the sale of its majority stake in Mobiasbanca Societe Generale (Moldova) to OTP Bank Nyrt, the leading Hungarian bank.
  • Société Générale sells Societe Generale Montenegro to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in the sale of Societe Generale Montenegro to OTP Bank.
  • ENGIE-led consortium wins competitive bidding process in Brazil for $8.6 billion acquisition of TAGJones Day advised ENGIE in the $8.6 billion acquisition and related financing of 90 percent of Transportadora Associada de Gás SA ("TAG"), the largest natural gas transmission network owner in Brazil, from Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).
  • Renault receives proposal to combine from FCAJones Day is advising Renault on antitrust matters in relation to its proposed combination with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA), following the non-binding letter FCA sent to the Board of Renault proposing a combination of their respective businesses as a 50/50 merger.
  • Société Générale to sell SKB Banka (Slovenia) and its subsidiaries to OTP BankJones Day is advising Société Générale in the signing of an agreement for the sale to OTP Bank Nyrt. of its shareholding in the share capital of its subsidiary specializing in retail banking, SKB Banka d.d. Ljubljana (Slovenia), and of its subsidiaries SKB Leasing d.o.o. and SKB Leasing Select d.o.o.
  • Société Générale sells its majority stake in Societe Generale Albania to OTP Bank.Jones Day advised Société Générale in the sale of its majority stake in Societe Generale Albania to OTP Bank.
  • Cyrus Capital Partners acquires, in French insolvency proceeding, of French business of Toys R UsJones Day represented Cyrus Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition, in a French insolvency proceeding, of the French business (comprised notably of 44 stores) of Toys R Us.
  • Société Générale sells its majority stakes in Societe Generale Expressbank AD and Sogelife Bulgaria IJSC to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in its sale of its majority stakes in Societe Generale Expressbank AD and Sogelife Bulgaria IJSC to OTP Bank.
  • Deezer enters into exclusive distribution agreement with Rotana, leading media group in Middle EastJones Day is assisting Deezer, a leader in music streaming, in the negotiation and execution of an exclusive distribution agreement with Rotana Group, the leading media group in the Middle East, to distribute Rotana's audio and video content catalogue exclusively on Deezer's platform in the Middle East and North Africa regions.
  • Deutsche Post / DHL defend information exchange case brought by French Competition AuthorityJones Day represents Deutsche Post / DHL before France’s antitrust authority in a major case concerning an alleged exchange of information that involved (among others) the four largest national Post Offices in the European Union.
  • Caisse des dépôts et consignations invests in "Fiber to Home" projectJones Day advised the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (Banque des Territoires) in connection with its investment in a "Fiber to Home" public-private partnership project comprising the design, financing, construction, commercialization, operating, and maintenance of very high speed broadband in the territory of the Haute-Garonne under a public concession scheme.
  • ANSYS acquires OPTISJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, on its acquisition of OPTIS, a premier provider of software for scientific simulation of light, human vision, and physics-based visualization.
  • Brico Privé sold to Florac InvestissementsJones Day advised Brico Privé SAS, the leading French online flash sales platform dedicated to do-it-yourself (DIY), gardening and home-improvement, its management, and Ardian in connection with the leveraged buy-out of Brico Privé by Florac Investissements.
  • Sanofi sells over-the-counter portfolio to Charterhouse for €158 million (US$195 million)Jones Day advised Sanofi SA in its €158 million (US$195 million) sale of a portfolio of 12 over-the-counter pharmaceuticals products to an affiliate of the Cooper-Vemedia group, a subsidiary of Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP group.
  • Safran completes €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares creating global leader in aircraft equipmentJones Day represented Safran in connection with its €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares to create a global leader in aircraft equipment.
  • Société Générale disposes of Splitska Banka to OTP Banka HrvatskaJones Day advised Société Générale in its sale of the Splitska Banka group (Croatia) to OTP Bank.
  • AccorHotels acquires AvailproJones Day advised AccorHotels, a French multinational hotel group, in connection with its acquisition of Availpro, a leading European software provider to hoteliers.
  • Sanofi and Lonza form joint venture to establish large-scale biologics production facility in SwitzerlandJones Day advised Sanofi in the formation of a joint venture with Lonza Group AG to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland.
  • Wabtec acquires Faiveley Transport for $1.8 billionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in the acquisition of Faiveley Transport S.A., a global supplier of high added value integrated systems for the railway industry, for a total of $1.8 billion in cash and stock, including assumed debt.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 24-25, 2016
      Rules Concerning the Collection and Treatment of Evidence Under the EU Directive on Private Enforcement, EU private enforcement held at the French Supreme Court
    • June 27, 2017
      Competition Authorities: Towards More Independence and Prioritization ?, speaker, 2017 "New Frontiers of Antitrust" Conference
    • November 9, 2016
      Jones Day Global Life Sciences Conference – 2016 Issues & Trends
    • May 10, 2016
      Presention on four recent Court of Justice judgments that requests for information sent by the European Commission to cement producers were illegal, AFEC conference
    • November 8, 2013
      Evidentiary Issues: Interplay between Public and Private Enforcement, Access to Documents, Leniency-related Evidence, etc., 9th Annual Conference of the Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC), focused on Antitrust Damages in EU Law and Policy
    • May 13, 2013
      Contrôle des concentrations, les enjeux de la révision des lignes directrices
    • February 14, 2013
      Navigating the Globe: Cartel Enforcement Around the World, panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Law presented by the Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee and the International Committee
    • November 29, 2012
      Un premier bilan du contrôle des concentrations exercé par l'Autorité de la concurrence
    • November 8-9, 2012
      Competition law in times of economic crisis:in need for adjustment?, GCLC's 8th Annual Conference
    • October 23, 2012
      French Industry at the Crossroads: New strategic options and legal innovations
    • 24 octobre 2012
      L'industrie française à la croisée des chemins : nouvelles options stratégiques et avancées de l'ingénierie juridique et financière
    • September 26, 2012
      GCLC Lunch Talk, The General Court's Judgment in the Microsoft compliance case t-167/08
    • 10 février 2012
      Demain la concurrence, 3ème Conférence internationale de la revue Concurrences
    • 16 janvier 2012
      Abus tarifaires : les remises, Séminaire organisé en partenariat avec la revue Concurrences
    • 29 novembre 2011
      Participations minoritaires et contrôle des concentrations, Séminaire organisé en partenariat avec la revue Concurrence
    • November 29, 2011
      Antitrust Program on Minority Shareholdings and Merger Control
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