Charlesde Navacelle

Partner

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Charles de Navacelle represents clients before European and U.S. antitrust authorities in response to antitrust investigations, including criminal grand jury investigations relating to alleged international cartel activity and price-fixing cases at a global level. He has experience before the European Commission, the French Autorité de la concurrence, the United States Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission.

After working in the Firm's Washington Office for two years, Charles transferred to Europe where his practice is now focused on assisting international clients in Brussels and Paris on both transactional and litigation matters. He has been involved in the antitrust analysis of proposed acquisitions in various industry sectors, including consumer products, chemicals, telecoms, and health care. He has experience assisting clients in numerous merger filings, responding to requests, drafting Form COs, and preparing substantiated antitrust defenses for mergers or acquisitions. He has assisted many clients on cross-border mergers involving multiple antitrust reviews in numerous jurisdictions, including notifications and negotiations before the European Commission.

Charles's practice also includes general antitrust counseling for contractual issues and economic behaviors involving U.S. and EU laws. In 2010, Charles was appointed Rapporteur (coordinator) of the Commission on the application of fines in French competition law ordered by the French Minister of Economy.

Charles is a dual French and U.S. citizen and received his legal education in Europe and in the U.S. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the Paris Bar, and the American Bar Association (Section of Antitrust Law).

Experience

  • OMNOVA to be acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day is advising OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • Transportation company seeks advice in merger of Siemens and AlstomJones Day assisted a transportation company in relation to the merger of Siemens AG's Mobility Division with Alstom SA.
  • Confidential client defends worldwide investigations of alleged cartel activity in electrolytic capacitors sectorJones Day is defending a confidential client in worldwide investigations of alleged cartel activity in the electrolytic capacitors sector.
  • Procter & Gamble sells its beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billionThe Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") has merged its 43 beauty brands ("RMT Brands") of global salon professional hair care and color, retail hair color, cosmetics, and fine fragrance businesses, along with select hair styling brands with Coty Inc. in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction for $12.5 billion.
  • Parker Hannifin obtains EU General Court reduction of marine hose cartel fineJones Day represented Parker Hannifin Corporation and its Italian subsidiary, Parker ITR Srl, in connection with antitrust investigations in the European Union, the U.S., Brazil, Japan, and Australia relating to the conduct of manufacturers of marine hoses used to transport crude oil to and from ships.
  • CommScope acquires TE Connectivity's network business for $3 billionJones Day acted as worldwide antitrust counsel to CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global network infrastructure and connectivity provider based in North Carolina, on its $3 billion acquisition of the Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless business of Switzerland-based electronics company TE Connectivity Ltd.
  • Monster Beverage enters into long-term commercial relationship with Coca-Cola and receives net cash payment of $2.15 billionJones Day represented Monster Beverage Corporation in connection with a series of transactions involving The Coca-Cola Company for a long-term commercial relationship in which Coke transferred its global energy drink business to Monster, Monster transferred its non-energy business and 16.7% of its common stock to Coke, the parties realigned their global distribution relationship, and Coca-Cola made a net cash payment of $2.15 billion to Monster.
  • Warner Music Group acquires Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group for £487 millionJones Day advised Warner Music Group on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi, for £487 million (approximately US$765 million) in an all-cash transaction.
  • Warner Music Group intervenes in Universal's acquisition of EMI's recording business and Sony's acquisition of EMI's publishing businessJones Day served as lead counsel to Warner Music Group as a third-party intervenor in Universal's acquisition of EMI's recording business for €1.4 billion, as well as in the acquisition of EMI's publishing business by a consortium involving the Sony Corporation for total consideration of €1.6 billion.
  • Goodrich merges with industrial conglomerate United Technologies for $18.4 billionJones Day advised Goodrich Corporation in its $18.4 billion merger with United Technologies Corp., marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry.
  • EDF acquires Italy's second-largest energy company Edison SpA in €3.8 billion (US$5 billion) dealJones Day advised Electricité de France SA ("EDF") in the acquisition of Edison S.p.A. ("Edison").
  • MasterCard defends against European investigations and litigation regarding interchange fees for payment card transactionsJones Day advised MasterCard in the seminal, ongoing appeal of the 2012 European General Court's judgment regarding the legality of certain MasterCard interchange fees related to payment card transactions, as well as on Member State investigations and related private litigation for damages.
  • Texas Instruments makes $6.5 billion acquisition of analog device and subsystems specialist National SemiconductorJones Day advised Texas Instruments Incorporated, a global analog and digital semiconductor IC design and manufacturing company, in connection with its $6.5 billion acquisition and related financing of National Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer that specializes in analog devices and subsystems.
  • Computer Sciences Corporation acquires iSOFT Group for A$437 million (US$452 million)Jones Day advised Computer Sciences Corporation in its acquisition of iSOFT Group Limited, one of the world's largest providers of advanced healthcare IT solutions, for A$437 million (US$452 million), by way of a court-approved scheme of arrangement.
  • EDF sells minority equity stakes to Fluxys and Total in Dunkerque to develop largest new LNG terminal in EuropeJones Day has advised the EDF group on the opening of the share capital of Dunkerque LNG, a subsidiary of the EDF group dedicated to the construction and future ownership of the LNG terminal of Dunkerque, one of the largest LNG terminals in Europe with an annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3.
  • Procter & Gamble acquired Ambi Pur, the air care business of Sara Lee, for $470 millionJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Co. ("P&G") in its purchase of Sara Lee's Ambi Pur Business for EU 320 million ($470 million).
  • China Electronics and its wholly owned subsidiary CEIEC (H.K.) involved in $1.15 billion consortium takeover bid with Mitsui & Co. for TPV TechnologyJones Day advised China Electronics Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary CEIEC (H.K.) Limited on a consortium takeover bid with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. for TPV Technology Limited whose shares are dual listed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Dole defends against EC antitrust investigation of banana importersJones Day represented Dole Food Company in connection with the European Commission antitrust investigation into the conduct of banana importers.
  • Reader's Digest completes $2.0 billion sale to Ripplewood investor groupJones Day advised The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. in its $2.4 billion acquisition by an investor group led by Ripplewood Holdings LLC.
  • Rhodia sells worldwide silicones business to China National BluestarJones Day advised Rhodia SA in the sale of its worldwide silicones business to China National Bluestar Corporation, a large-scale state-owned enterprise and a specialized subsidiary of ChemChina Group Corporation.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 20, 2019
      "La politique de concurrence", course on European competition policy and practice, Ecole des Mines de Paris
    • March 21, 2018
      Athens- l'Europe utile MP03 Program, course on European competition policy and practice, Ecole des Mines de Paris
    • March 15, 2017
      "Europe utile" Program, course on European competition policy and practice, Ecole des Mines de Paris
    • November 4, 2015
      Conference "Innovation in competition law and practice" in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
    • March 18, 2014
      "Europe utile" Program, course on European competition policy and practice, Ecole des Mines de Paris
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