Expertise

Michaël is a partner in the EU/Competition department in Paris. He represents clients in antitrust litigations, merger control, State Aid, counselling, and establishing effective antitrust compliance programs. He is also specialised in distribution law and restrictive trade practices.

Michaël has considerable experience in competition matters involving the energy, transport and consumer products sectors and has represented clients in other industries including retail, banking, industrial equipment and private equity. Michaël lectures competition law at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas).

He is a member of the board of the French competition Law Society. 

Experience
  • Acted for Renaissance Luxury Group in relation to the merger filing of their acquisition of the Agatha retail network.
  • Acted for Total Energies in relation to the merger filing of their acquisition of Esso's oil retail distribution businesses.
  • Assisted one of the defendants in the "Home Products/Personal Care Products" cartel case before the French Competition Authority.
  • Represented Colgate-Palmolive in relation to the merger filing of their acquisition of Laboratoires Filorga.
  • Represented a manufacturer of consumer goods in relation to several follow-on competition damage claims.
Education
  • University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), DEA (postgraduate degree) in EU law - 1998
  • University of Lille II, Maîtrise in private law - 1997
  • Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France), integrated certificate of legal studies (legal diploma in English law, German law and European business law) - 1997PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 
  • Member of the Paris Bar Association. 
  • Member of the board of the French Competition Law Society (Association Francaise d'Etude de la Concurrence).
Publications

"Autorité de la concurrence : les vraies raisons du départ d'Isabelle de Silva" interview with Michaël Cousin in Challenges (15 November, 2021) - Read the article here >

" Le mur de Facebook se remplit de scandales " interview with Michaël Cousin in Challenges (14 October, 2021) - Read the article here >

Professional Memberships
  • Member of the Paris Bar Association. 
  • Member of the board of the French Competition Law Society (Association Francaise d'Etude de la Concurrence).
Testimonials
  • Michaël Cousin has been ranked as "Recommended" in Distribution in "Décideurs Leaders League" (edition 2021). 
  • Michaël Cousin has been ranked as "Highly recommended" in Antitrust in "Décideurs Leaders League" (edition 2021). 
  • Michaël Cousin has been ranked as "Highly recommended" in Merger control in "Décideurs Leaders League" (edition 2021).
  • Michael is a "business-oriented" lawyer who is responsive and 'very easy to work with - CHAMBERS EUROPE, COMPETITION/EUROPEAN LAW, 2018