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Vogel & Vogel

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Chairman: Joseph Vogel, Louis Vogel
Managing Partners: Joseph Vogel, Louis Vogel Number of partners: 9 (including 2 founding partners and 7 partners) Number of lawyers: 37
Languages:English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Louis and Joseph Vogel founded Vogel & Vogel in 1990. From the outset Vogel & Vogel chose to specialise in competition, distribution and consumer law and became one of the top firms in those fields. The firm has grown steadily since its establishment, and now employs 37 lawyers (two founding partners, seven partners, two of-counsel and 26 associates and lawyers).

The firm is at the service of a varied clientele: private and public undertakings, administrative authorities, trade associations and other legal professionals both in France and internationally. It gives clients not only an excellent service but also the best possible value for money.

Vogel & Vogel has the advantage of a dedicated in-house research team (the knowledge management team or KM team) and several databases, which are updated on a daily basis.

Vogel & Vogel’s aim is to promote its expertise through the regular publication of legal intelligence, organisation of monthly conferences, creation of the Prix Vogel awarded to authors of works in the field, or innovative digital products made available to assist corporate lawyers such as: news flashes, newsletters, a specialised blog, a YouTube channel, access to its document library, a decision support tool (Vogel Decision Support), a collection of legal textbooks in both paper or digital format, and the Vogel Academy which provides online training sessions in competition, regulation, distribution and consumer law allowing counsel to update and consolidate their knowledge.

Main Areas of Practice:

-French & European Competition
-French & European Distribution
-French & European Consumer Affairs

Vogel & Vogel specialises in European and French competition/regulation, distribution and consumer law, which allows it, in particular, to work with law firms that are not specialised in those areas and to bring a complementary service.

Sectors of activity include: aeronautics; agricultural machinery; automobile; banking; bicycles; building and public works; chemicals; electricity; energy; food and agriculture; governmental agencies; industrial facilities; leisure; maritime transport; media; motorcycles; natural gas; retail; shipbuilding; sports; pharmaceuticals; perfume and cosmetics; professional associations; telecommunications; toys; transport; trucks.

French & European Competition/Regulation:
There are four teams each composed of a partner and several associates. Vogel & Vogel’s competition/regulation team, the largest on the market, intervenes in all fields of European and French competition and regulatory law, taking charge of all aspects of the cases entrusted to it.

Areas of Expertise:

Abuse of dominant position; anti-dumping actions; antitrust audits/compliance programs; dawn raids/ search and seizure operations; merger control; private enforcement; restrictive agreements; restrictive practices/price transparency; sectorspecific regulations; state aid; unfair competition; free movement/freedom of establishment.

Recent Activity Includes:

Floor covering case; white goods case; Services Conseil Expertises Territoires public procurement case; intervening in European Commission cartel investigations (one in which the firm defended a key client against one of the largest fines imposed); European state aid cases (the Doux Group and laboratories cases) involving filing complaints to the European Commission and state aid qualification; merger control activity (providing strategic advice on one of the largest global merger control cases of recent times, the acquisition of a catering company for the Elior group and the JC Decaux v Metrobus merger); reduction in high-level fines for the firm’s clients and claiming high-level damages on behalf of clients (damages of more than EUR400m obtained against a telecommunications company).

French & European Distribution:
Vogel & Vogel’s distribution team (one team composed of a partner and several associates) is renowned for its expertise in ensuring the operation and setting up of distribution networks in all their forms. The firm assists its clients in developing their distribution policy in connection with all types of litigation involving vertical restraints in all economic sectors.

Areas of Expertise:
Automobile distribution; commercial agents/ commission agents; exclusive distribution/supply or brand exclusivity; franchises; qualitative and/or quantitative selective distribution.

Recent Activity Includes:
Cristal Union (defending an accusation of vertical restrictive practices); Chevrolet (involving contractual obligations in a distribution contract); the reorganisation of several networks; Bouygues Telecom v Apple (a multi-jurisdictional case relating to a distribution contract).

French & European Consumer Affairs:
Vogel & Vogel’s consumer affairs team (one team composed of two partners and a number of associates) is very experienced in problems raised by consumer law on advertising and sales promotions and proposes innovative solutions in all after-sales areas. The firm is particularly renowned for its work with industry, especially the automobile sector. It is also highly skilled in product liability litigation. A new activity of the firm is the defence to class actions launched by consumer associations.

Areas of Expertise:
Advertising/sales promotions; after-sales; assistance in criminal matters; defense against class-actions and damages actions; expert witness appraisals; product liability; recall actions; unfair commercial practices; unfair contractual terms.

Recent Activity Includes:
Defending a leading cosmetics client against an investigation into the imposition of a price threshold.

International Work:
In recognition of the increasingly international nature of business, the firm places great importance on being able to offer its clients an international service. Lawyers are proficient in the language of the country in question (Anglo-American desk, German and Austrian desk, Indian desk and a Brazilian and Portuguese desk). The firm has also an established office in Brussels.
In addition, Vogel & Vogel has created an international network of excellence in competition and distribution law. The Vogel Global Competition Network (www.vogel-global.com) brings together 59 law firms specialising in competition and distribution law from around the world. To constitute its international network, Vogel & Vogel has selected the best competition and distribution law firms in each country. The role of this unique network is to provide a global response to issues brought by the firm’s clients, to whom the national competition laws of various countries may be applicable.