The French Competition Authority has continued to utilise its powers to full effect. A high level of antitrust enforcement and record fines were imposed on infringers last year. The authority signalled its continuing intent at the end of 2015 by fining Orange €350 million, the largest against a single company in the authority’s history. Meanwhile, 20 delivery companies were fined €672 million for coordinating price hikes and surcharges – the second highest fine by the authority in recent years.
This year, we recognised 46 leading competition lawyers.