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.
Economic Evidence In Merger Review: EU's Highest Court Clarifies Rights Of Defense, The M&A Lawyer, Volume 23, Issue 3
Be Sued or Be Fined: European Commission Proposes Consumer Protections Expanding Class Actions and Enforcement Powers
- 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
- Harvard University (LL.M. 2000); University of Paris XI-Sceaux (Maîtrise 1997); Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) (Diploma with honors 1996); HEC Graduate School of Management (M.B.A. 1994)
- Paris, Brussels, New York
- Référendaire and Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Court of the European Union (2003-2007)
Chambers Europe, where clients praise his "strong personal qualities" and consider him "an expert in competition law"
The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists
Top "40 under 40" competition lawyers worldwide, Global Competition Review (2012)
- French, English, Spanish