Philippe is Head of the Competition Group.

He is resident in our London office, but is also established in Brussels, where he spends a proportion of his time. He is responsible for the running and development of the firm’s global competition practice, including through our Beijing and Hong Kong offices and 'best friend' firms.

Philippe has extensive experience of both EU and UK competition law with expertise in merger, cartel, behavioural and competition litigation cases in both jurisdictions.

Highlights include advising:

  • Priceline Group in relation to its acquisition of Momondo, the first meta-search acquisition to be reviewed by the European Commission and cleared at Phase I
  • as lead counsel responsible for the strategy and coordination of the multijurisdictional investigations throughout Europe into hotel online bookings
  • Equinix on its acquisition of Telecity, a leading European data centre business, cleared by the European Commission at Phase I subject to commitments, and its disposal of assets to Digital Realty Trust
  • INEOS in relation to its PVC joint venture with Solvay JV, combining Europe's two largest PVC producers. The European Commission issued a conditional clearance following an in-depth Phase II review
  • Ericsson in relation to:
    • its acquisition of Red Bee Media, combining two of the leading linear playout service providers in the UK, which was cleared unconditionally by the UK Competition Commission after an in-depth review
    • its Article 102 complaint to the European Commission concerning Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices
  • Bertelsmann in connection with the merger of its recorded music business, BMG, with Sony Music (unconditionally cleared twice after two detailed Phase II investigations by the European Commission) and on its successful appeal to the Court of Justice against the General Court's judgment in the Impala case
  • Global Radio in the merger investigation into the GMG Radio deal (only the second case to involve a fast track reference application to the UK Competition Commission and one of the few media cases to involve a Public Interest Intervention notice on media plurality grounds)
  • Fuji Electric in the GIS and power transformer cartel cases, including on its appeal to the General Court against the European Commission’s infringement decision in the GIS case

Philippe is listed as a leading individual in the 'Competition Law' section of Chambers UK, 2017 (Band 1) and for 'EU and competition' in The Legal 500 UK, 2016.

Philippe is the President of the European Competition Lawyers Forum (which is used as a sounding board on policy and practice-related issues by the European Commission’s Competition Directorate General). He is fluent in French and has a reasonable knowledge of German.

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