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The French government has taken preventive measures due to COVID-19, thereby forcing the members of the French Competition Authority to work remotely since 17 March 2020.

This situation is already impacting on merger control: “Although we are striving to ensure continuity of public service, (…) the Authority will not be able to guarantee the usual processing delays in view of the situation, and the delays and procedures for examining the transactions which have already been notified or which would be notified in the next few weeks may be adapted in view of the exceptional circumstances”, said the French Competition Authority in a press release.

Beyond those increased delays, companies are “(…) invited to delay any contemplated merger that is not urgent”.

The European Commission has shared the same concerns and encourages companies to delay merger notifications until further notice.

We remain at your disposal.

Link to the French Competition Authority here

Link to the European Commission here


Léna Sersiron leads Baker McKenzie’s Competition practice in France. She has a strong track record of successfully handling complex and sensitive competition cases (investigations and subsequent litigation) at both EU and national level. Léna advises blue-chip clients such as Casino, TDF, AvisBudget Group, among others. She is also well-established in the agricultural and food sector, advising various undertakings on a wide array of competition subjects. Clients, in Chambers, state that: "She is an excellent negotiator, uncompromising, aggressive in a positive way and really efficient!" Léna Sersiron contributes frequently as a speaker at various law conferences and seminars.


Romain Travade is an Associate in Baker McKenzie's Paris office.