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Philippe Laconte has long-standing experience representing global corporations in antitrust and competition law at the EU and national levels. He also frequently advises on regulatory matters, particularly in the telecommunications field.

Philippe represents clients in cross-border mergers, abuse of dominant position, and State aid cases before the European Commission, European courts, and national authorities. He advises clients in a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, telecoms, energy, and chemicals. Philippe recently represented NVIDIA in its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox and represented Wabtec in its $11.1 billion merger with GE Transportation, which involved multiple antitrust reviews in numerous jurisdictions. He also represented Wabtec in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Faiveley, which was cleared after a complex Phase II investigation. In addition, he regularly advises companies and governments on State aid law.

Philippe also advises telecommunications operators across Europe on day-to-day regulatory matters and in proceedings before competition authorities, regulators, and civil and administrative courts. These complex representations have concerned, in particular, a range of fair access and pricing issues.

Philippe worked for three years in the Firm's Washington Office, where his practice focused on assisting clients in merger reviews and antitrust investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.


  • EDF obtains first-ever approval under new state aid framework for RDIJones Day advised Electricité de France S.A. ("EDF") in securing the European Commission's approval of €50 million in State aid from the French State to support R&D activities in the field of Small Modular Reactors ("SMRs").
  • Macquarie agrees to acquire Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group for approximately €2.4 billionJones Day is advising Macquarie Asset Management in the execution of a put option agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group, for approximately €2.4 billion.
  • EDF obtains full dismissal of antitrust complaint in FranceJones Day secured the complete dismissal of a complaint brought against EDF (Electricité de France) by a French association of energy retailers, l'ANODE, before the French Competition Authority ("FCA").
  • Eaton sells hydraulics business to DanfossJones Day advised Eaton Corporation as antitrust counsel in the sale of its hydraulics business to Danfoss Power Solutions for US$3.3 billion.
  • 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.
  • NVIDIA acquires Mellanox Technologies for approximately $7 billionJones Day advised NVIDIA Corporation in its acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., an Israel-based leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage.
  • 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.
  • J.M. Huber sells Silica business to Evonik for $630 millionJones Day advised J.M. Huber Corporation in the sale of its Silica business unit of Huber Engineered Materials to Evonik Industries AG for $630 million.
  • 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.
  • DENKA buys Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™Jones Day advised Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (DENKA) in the purchase of the Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™ by Denka Performance Elastomer LLC, a joint venture company owned 70 percent by DENKA and 30 percent by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • Cabot acquires Mexican carbon black producer NHUMO for $105 millionJones Day represented specialty chemicals company Cabot Corporation in obtaining antitrust clearance in multiple jurisdictions for its $105 million acquisition of a majority interest in NHUMO, S.A. de C.V. from the current majority owner, Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V. of Mexico.
  • 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.
  • Hertz wins antitrust approval for long-fought acquisition of Dollar ThriftyJones Day secured antitrust approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the $2.3 billion acquisition by U.S. car rental company Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital obtains antitrust approval for proposed Saint Raphael's acquisitionJones Day represented Yale-New Haven Hospital ("YNHH") in connection with all antitrust matters related to its acquisition of a competing hospital, the Hospital of Saint Raphael's in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 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.
  • Latrobe acquired by Carpenter Technology for $558 millionJones Day advised Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc. in its acquisition by Carpenter Technology Corporation for $558 million.
  • Cigna obtains antitrust clearance for $3.8 billion acquisition of Medicare insurer HealthSpringJones Day represented Cigna Corporation as antitrust counsel in the $3.8 billion acquisition of HealthSpring, Inc., a Tennessee based insurer that specializes in Medicare Advantage plans.