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Jean-Christophe Grall is the founding partner and managing partner of Grall & Associés for twenty years now.
For more than 30 years, Jean-Christophe Grall has been providing legal assistance to industrial and service undertakings, notably through the drafting of commercial agreements and the setting up of comprehensive exclusive, selective or franchise distribution networks. He advises our clients in various sectors (Cosmetics, Food sector, Consumers electronics, Health sector, Hardware, Toys, Car sector, tools, …), especially during their annual rounds of commercial negotiation with retailers. He is a recognized specialist of the legal rules applicable to restrictive trade practices and unfair trading / consumer law and intellectual property. He is a lecturer at the University of Caen – Normandie in distribution law area and a former lecturer at the University of Rennes ; he has assisted various major actors in merger filling processes, sometimes very complex in nature (“phase II” procedures, “gun jumping” practices). On the litigation front, Jean-Christophe Grall regularly represents our clients in the specific context of inquiries launched by the French Directorate for Competition and Fraud Repression (“DGCCRF”), as well as during “dawn raids” initiated by the European Commission, and also before the French Competition Authority in cases involving allegations of abusive dominant behaviors or horizontal / vertical anticompetitive practices. Notably, Jean-Christophe is currently assisting major food companies which are being investigated by the French Competition Authority on the basis of alleged exclusionary anticompetitive practices.
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In June 2010, Jean-Christophe Grall has been appointed at the Steering Committee of the French Directorate for Competition and Fraud Repression (“DGCCRF”).In June 2014, Jean-Christophe Grall has also been appointed at the Steering Committee of the French Association of Competition lawyers.He is included in the eighth edition of the best lawyers in France for competition and antitrust law.
Born in 1962, Jean-Christophe Grall graduated from the University of Paris – I Panthéon – Sorbonne in 1986 (Master’s Degree in Tax and Business Law and first part of chartered accountant degree). After serving one year as in house counsel in the French Army (1986/87), he started his legal practice in 1987.
Grall & Associés is an independent French law firm devoted exclusively to economic law applied to corporate business strategies.
As a leading firm in France, Grall & Associés has developed advanced expertise recognised in all areas related to competition law, distribution law and consumer law, in addition to intellectual property.
Grall & Associés has built a strong network of contacts in Europe and the US, Canada and in all major countries which have antitrust legislation. Grall & Associés is also a founding member of the Antitrust Alliance network.
The firm consists of 17 lawyers: five partners and 12 associates. For each client, the firm places very special importance on its business environment, and on the economic, regulatory and cultural particularities of its line of business.
Areas of practice:
Competition: the competition division of Grall & Associés has one of the largest teams in the French market. Its experience working on cases enables it to assist each one of its clients by anticipating the reaction of the competition authorities and by developing the best strategy – be it advice or litigation – to respond in the right way to any complex situation that involves the French and European competition rules.
Distribution: distribution consists of a chain of economic players where each plays a specific role, from the production, manufacturing and importation to the end consumer, relying on intermediaries and logistics teams.
Each player, at every step of the value chain, will seek to generate a maximum profit margin, causing abuse – whether voluntary or not.
The Grall & Associés teams assist clients, both in anticipating and in handling any difficulty arising from the implementation of distribution law.
Consumer: advice on consumer information/legal guarantees/product safety/unfair trade practices/unfair clauses/consumer mediation (mandatory since 1 January 2016); legal assistance in making signage/conducting advertising campaigns/promotional activities/sales; drafting of rules for games, contests, sweepstakes; drafting of B2C general terms and conditions of sale (GTCS) and contracts for commercial guarantees; legal assistance in the context of trade with the government (DGCCRF /DIRECCTE/DDPP (Department Directorate for the Protection of Populations)) following an audit/warning/court order.
Intellectual property: advice and support for the protection of all the distinguishing marks and intellectual property rights of companies (trade marks, copyrights, patents, designs and models, software, databases, know-how, business secrets); advice and validation of product launches and promotional activities, prior art searches; procedures for the filing and registration of trade marks, audit of brand portfolios, adversial procedures before the French Intellectual Property Institute (INPI) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (formerly Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM)).
Procedures and litigation: assistance and defence before the Competition Authority and the European Commission, or any other competent authority and before the French or European courts of appeal (IPC/ECJ); monitoring and assisting companies following notification of complaints received from French or European competition authorities; providing support in response to the investigative bodies within the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud prevention (DGCCRF), the Competition Authority or the European Commission, or other state competition authorities, in close partnership with colleagues at the Antitrust Alliance network, co ordination of any procedures involving the competition authorities and/or the competent courts of different countries.
Regulation: energy; the postal services; transportation; health law; agriculture.