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Charles Pommiès



Pommies Charles
Charles Pommiès



Charles specialises in competition law and foreign investment review. His practice covers a broad variety of matters, including assisting leading U.S., European and Asian companies in antitrust investigations (cartels and abuses of dominant position), merger control reviews and foreign investment reviews.

Charles assists clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, chemicals, transportation, automotive and financial institutions.

Charles has been involved in obtaining European Commission clearance in a number of precedent-setting and complex merger cases, and has also advised on a number of cartel and behavioural investigations by the European Commission and other national competition authorities. He has developed an expertise in advising SOEs, on regulatory issues arising from their investment in Europe.

Given the importance of China for our clients, he was based in Beijing from 2014 to 2018. During that time, Charles has gained considerable experience in advising multinational companies on merger filings with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and general issues regarding compliance with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.

Charles also works closely with the Luxembourg office and regularly assists clients on competition law matters before the Luxembourg Competition Council.

Charles is admitted to the Bar in both France and Belgium. Before joining Allen & Overy in 2008, he practised competition law in Washington D.C. and Paris.

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Experience highlights



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Admitted as avocat, Belgium, 2009

Admitted as avocat, France, 2003


LL.M. in Trade Regulation, New York University School Of Law, 2001

LL.M. in European Law, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2000

Degree in International Business, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), 1999


Published work

  • Pommiès and Renard, “Merger Control and its Impact on Innovation in China” in Competition Law and Intellectual Property In China, p.250-276, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2019)
  • Pommiès, McDonald and Shen, “IPRs and China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: Friends or Foes?” in Antitrust, Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2017, p.73-78, Chicago: American Bar Association
  • Pommiès and Bechtold, “Parallel trade in the pharmaceutical sector and competition law: an overview of EU and national case law” in 2013 Competition Case Law Digest, p.497-508, New York: Institute of Competition Law


Shortlisted for GCR’s 2014 award for “Merger Control Matter of the Year” in Europe

for our advice to Nynas AB on the unconditional Phase 2 clearance by the European Commission of its acquisition of control of an oil refinery in Hamburg-Harburg from Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH.

Shortlisted for GCR’s 2017 award for “Behavioural Matter of the Year” in Europe

for our advice to HMM on the EC investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector.

Shortlisted for GCR’s 2018 award for “Merger Control Matter of the Year” in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa

for our advice to Brocade on the conditional clearance by MOFCOM of their USD5.9bn acquisition by Broadcom.