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Florence Ninane



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Florence Ninane



Florence Ninane is a partner in Allen & Overy LLP's Paris office. She has significant experience in the areas of French and European competition law (mergers, antitrust and state aid issues) and has developed a specific expertise in distribution law matters. She regularly assists companies with their French, EU and multi-jurisdictional merger notifications, and also represents companies in competition law litigation before competition authorities and national courts (in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid and private enforcement matters).

Florence’s particular areas of sector expertise include energy, finance, internet and consumer goods and she advises various operators in these areas. Her French and international clients include Amazon, BNP Paribas, Bose, Expedia, Pandora, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, SFR, Société Générale, TNT, Total and TripAdvisor.

"Florence Ninane is well regarded for her expertise in French and European competition law, including merger filings, abuse of dominance investigations and state aid matters. She comes highly recommended by sources, who report that she is a "very good and very solid" lawyer." 
Chambers Europe 2021 - France (Competition/European Law)

"Florence Ninane has a high degree expertise and pragmatism, very good customer contact."
"Florence Ninane is an excellent lawyer, she’s committed, good-humoured, and strategic."
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - France (EU, Competition & Distribution)

Florence is a recognised practitioner by « Best Lawyers » since 2013 in Competition - Antitrust Law

Florence is recognised as a leading individual by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as well as by Who's Who Legal.

“Florence Ninane earns impressive recommendations from peers across Europe for her competition practice. She adeptly handles both litigation and merger control matters.”

Peers and clients say:

"Florence is a very well-known figure in the French market."

"She's an impressive negotiator."
WWL Competition 2020

"Florence Ninane is an excellent lawyer, especially for antitrust work, who is highly appreciated by clients for her sound and practical advice." 
Legal 500 EMEA 2020 – France (EU Competition and distribution)

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Chambers Europe 2020 - France (Competition/European Law)

"Florence Ninane often assists high-profile clients with antitrust investigations as well as merger control and acquisitions filings, both in France and the EU."
Chambers Europe 2020 - France (Competition/European Law)

"Florence Ninane is “an impressive negotiator” who wins acclaim for her excellent representation of clients in relation to merger control and notification proceedings." 
Who's Who Legal 2019 - Competition

Florence Ninane is renowned for her expertise in litigation and merger control. She is also involved in compliance and distribution matters for a varied client roster spanning the finance, telecommunications and consumer goods spaces. A source states: "She does everything well and is hands-on." 
Chambers Global 2019 - France (Competition/European Law)

"Charismatic lawyer" Florence Ninane is well regarded for her "active" market presence, strong communication skills and "good results." She is particularly noted for her experience in advising international clients and covers both merger control mandates and antitrust issues, often assisting clients with French Competition Authority investigations." 
Chambers Europe 2018 - France (Competition/European Law)

"Practice head Florence Ninane is noted for her ‘deep understanding of French antitrust law and developed network in the field’" 
Legal 500 EMEA 2018 - France (EU, Competition and Distribution)

"The "creative and pragmatic" Florence Ninane is an "impressive" practitioner in the competition field.’" 
Who's Who Legal 2018 - Competition

Florence has recently authored several articles in publications such as Revue Concurrences, as well as the French chapters in publications such as The International Comparative Legal Guide to Merger Control and Getting the Deal Through. She is the author of the Lamy Economique 2018 & 2019 chapter on access to evidence in private action cases and she is regularly interviewed in the press (GCR, Mergermarket, Reuters, Les Echos, Le Figaro, Option Droit & Affaires …)

She is a frequent speaker at antitrust conferences and seminars.

News & insights

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News: 26 AUGUST 2021

Allen & Overy advises RAJA Group on the acquisition of Viking and its Office Depot Europe operating business

Allen & Overy Paris advised RAJA Group, Europe's leading multichannel distributor of supplies and equipment for businesses, on the conclusion of an agreement with Aurelius to acquire the Viking…

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Publications: 22 JANUARY 2021

The proposal for a Digital Markets Act in light of the decision making practice of the Commission and of the FCA

In recent years, online platforms have been the subject of numerous investigations by competition authorities, at both the European Union (EU) and French levels and elsewhere. 

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Publications: 01 OCTOBER 2020

New European Commission referral policy for merger cases: implications for French businesses

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager recently announced an important change to EU merger control: the introduction of a possibility for national competition authorities to refer…

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Apple fined heavily by the French Competition Authority for infringing antitrust law

Publications: 23 MARCH 2020

Apple fined heavily by the French Competition Authority for infringing antitrust law

On 16 March 2020, the French Competition Authority imposed a record EUR1.1. billion fine on Apple, alongside substantial fines on two of its wholesalers, for antitrust infringements involving…

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Admitted to the Bar, Paris, 2001

Admitted to the Bar, Hauts-de-Seine, 1999


Post Graduate Degree, Business Law, University of Paris II Panthéon Assas, 1997

DJCE Degree, Counsel in Commercial Law, University of Paris II Panthéon Assas, 1997

Post Graduate Degree, Compared European Law, University of Nancy II, 1996

Post Graduate Degree (Magistère), Business Law, University of Nancy II, 1996


Published work

  • Global Trends in Merger Control Enforcement Report, February 2019
  • Lamy Economique 2019 chapter, « L’accès aux preuves dans le cadre du contentieux indemnitaire prive du fait des pratiques anticoncurrentielles »
  •  Contribution to the Antitrust Analysis of Online Sales Platforms & Copyright Limitations and Exceptions, July 2018
  • Contribution, France Chapter, The Public Competition Enforcement Review, The Law Reviews, May 2018
  • The Public Competition Enforcement Review, 10th Edition : French chapter (2017), April 2018
  • Contribution to two chapters of the new edition of the Lamy Concurrence regarding the collection of evidence in damages cases for anti-competitive practices, September 2017
  • Publication of an e-alert regarding the theme: « La Cour de Justice précise que les règles européennes en matière de concentration ne s'appliquent pas aux entreprises communes qui ne sont pas de plein exercice », September 2017
  • Publication of an e-alert regarding CJEU’s Coty decision authorising marketplace bans to members of selective distribution systems, September 2017
  • Contribution to two chapters of the new edition of the Lamy Concurrence regarding the collection of evidence in damages cases for anti-competitive practices, September 2017
  • Publication d’un article dans le revue Contrats Concurrence Consommation sur l’accès à la preuve dans le contentieux indemnitaire en matière de pratiques anticoncurrentielles, April 2017
  • Mailing of publication: La fermeté de l'UE dans la mise en application de la loi entraîne une augmentation des amendes infligées aux cartels en 2016, January 2017
  • The Public Competition Enforcement Review – 10th Edition : French chapter , 2017
  • Mailing of an e-alert: « Un nouvel encadrement des relations commerciales aux pieds du Sapin 2 avant Noël », December 2016
  • E-Bulletin Competition: Ruling of the French Constitutional Court of 6 August 2015 – powers of the French Competition Authority, September 2015
  • E-alert « On 3 April 2015, the French Competition Authority released its revised leniency notice », April 2015
  • Preparing and submitting written observations on behalf of A&O in response to the French Competition Authority’s public consultation on its revised notice on leniency, March 2015