Michel Ponsard

Partner

Offices : Paris office / Brussels office / Africa Desk

languages : French / English

Introduction

Who am I?

I am one of the partners in charge of the UGGC Competition Law Department, present since the law firm’s inception after an experience in Brussels. My sector of intervention therefore corresponds to the competition law and distribution, but also to the law of commercial contracts and commercial practices, as well as to the right of promotion and publicity.

Beyond my practice as a lawyer, I am an active participant in the activities on the evolutions of my subject: regular author of articles of doctrine, I am also secretary general of AFEC (French Association for the Study of Law of Competition) as well as the International Competition League, reporter for France in the IBA antitrust newsletter and lecturer at Versailles Saint-Quentin University. This participation gives me a good knowledge of the institutions.

UGGC & me

Rely on a structure equipped with important technical means, a well-known brand oriented to meet the demands of our customers quickly and effectively in the best possible environment; Working closely with teams adapted to broad competencies, driven by the same concern for quality: these are for me some of the strengths of UGGC, and which explain why I have remained faithful to me for more than twenty years now!

My Practice

I work for a French and international clientele in fields as diverse as the automotive sector, the pharmaceutical sector, personal services, retail distribution, publishing and media, Real estate professionals (agents and trustees, construction) or transport.

Career

  • Partner of UGGC Law Firm (1998)
  • Admitted to the Paris Bar (1992)
  • Law Degree in International and European Law, Paris and Brussels Law Schools
  • Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in International Business Law and European Law.
  • Member, Executive Committee, Association Française pour l’Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (French Association for the Study of Competition Law)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA), antitrust section.
  • Associate, UGGC Law Firm (1993-1998)
  • Associate, Berlioz & Co
  • Associate, Slaughter and May (Paris)
  • Associate, Jeantet (Bruxelles)
  • Rankings

    (Michel Ponsard quoted in 22 rankings)
    Le Point 2024 - UGGC Avocats ranked in transport law
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    Le Point 2024 - UGGC Avocats ranked in consumer law
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    Le Point 2024 - UGGC Avocats ranked in commercial, business and competition law
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    Ranking of law firms by Le Point 2024 - UGGC Avocats ranked in 8 areas of law
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    Décideurs Magazine 2024 - UGGC Avocats again ranked in Competition & Distribution - Distribution law
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    Décideurs Magazine 2024 - UGGC Avocats again ranked in Competition & Distribution - Franchise law
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    Décideurs Magazine 2024 - UGGC Avocats again ranked in Competition & Distribution - Concentration control
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    Décideurs Magazine 2024 - UGGC Avocats again ranked in Competition & Distribution - Antitrust
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    Legal 500 2024 - UGGC Avocats ranked in Compliance
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    Palmarès du Droit 2024: UGGC Avocats wins gold in Transport Law
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    Option Droit & Affaires 2023 - UGGC Avocats ranked in Litigation & Arbitration: Defective products and claims litigation
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    Legal 500 2023 - UGGC Avocats ranked in EU, Competition and Distribution
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    Leaders League 2021 - UGGC Avocats ranked in 6 categories in the field of health, pharmaceutical & biotechnology law
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    Leaders League 2021 – UGGC Avocats, ranked in 2 categories in Risk Management & Insurance!
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    Best Lawyers 2022 - UGGC Avocats, awarded "Law Firm of the Year" in Public Law and 11 partners recognized "Best Lawyers"!
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    Option Droit & Affaires 2021 - UGGC Avocats ranked in 4 categories in Litigation & arbitration
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    Legal 500 2021 - UGGC ranked in EU, Competition and Distribution law
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    Legal 500 2021 - UGGC ranked in dispute resolution: commercial litigation
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    Chambers and Partners 2021 - The Interlaw network, represented by UGGC in France, ranked in the Elite category!
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    Trophées du Droit 2021 - UGGC Avocats is proud to win the Silver Trophy in 5 categories
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    Leaders League 2021 - UGGC Law firm, ranked in 4 categories in Litigation & Arbitration
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    Legal 500 2020 - UGGC ranked in EU, Competition and Distribution law
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    Best Lawyers 2020 - UGGC teams awarded Best Lawyers in 16 practices
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    Leaders League 2021 - UGGC Law firm ranked in 4 categories in Competition & Distribution
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    News

    (Michel Ponsard appears in 22 news)
    Transaction
    UGGC Avocats and GCA on the coordinated operation to acquire the capital of the Olmix group
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    Transaction
    UGGC Law Firm, counsel to the Mercedes-Benz France company
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    Transaction
    UGGC Avocats assists Systra in the acquisition of the Italian group Sws Engineering
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    Blog
    « Morocco: The evolution of the merger control regime – An overview of the new procedural framework and the Competition Council’s recent orientations » shortlisted for the best “Business Articles” award by Concurrences magazine
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    Blog
    ESG: Trends, Challenges & Risks
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    Contribution of Michel Ponsard, Partner UGGC Avocats, on the IEF guidelines
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    Michel Ponsard will participate in a conference on May 24 on the theme: “Compensation for competitive damages: cross experiences”.
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    The Competition and Distribution Law Department will organise a breakfast at the firm on the theme: “What’s new in competition and distribution law?
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    FIRON-UGGC : the international alliance of two leading law firms in France and Israel
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    The 1st December of the AFEC – Speech by Michel Ponsard on the competitive responsibility of companies
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    Follow-on: confirmation of the subsidiary’s liability for the anti-competitive practices of its parent (CJEU 6 October 2021)
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    Competition law goes green: the European Commission’s new initiatives
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    EFE Conference – Conférence by Michel Ponsard on trade negotiations
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    Digital – Willingness of national competition authorities to be involved in the Digital Market Act: which interaction with competition law?
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    On June 21, 2021, Michel Ponsard spoke at the LIDC webinar on “Foreign Investment Rules: what has changed?“
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    Join UGGC Avocats on June 22, 2021 for a webinar on “What’s new in competition and distribution law?”
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    New developments in Merger law – The regulation of new merger
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    Report of the European Commission on its evaluation of the automotive block exemption regulation
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    Blog
    Michel Ponsard will moderate the next LIDC webinar on February 11, 2021.
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    Publishing
    L’AGEFI HEBDO – “Reinsurance – Covéa pushes the envelope”: discover Michel Ponsard’s answers.
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    Publishing
    May 12, 2021 – Michel Ponsard, interviewed by Les Marchés on the topic “PPL Besson-Moreau: the AFEC fears price alignment with competition”
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    Publishing
    Michel Ponsard and Malka Marcinkowski, interviewed by the magazine Cosmétique Mag regarding “Online sales in marketplaces do not mix well with cosmetics”
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