Working at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei for 6 years
Who are you?
Alexandre Eberhardt Le Prévost. I am admitted to the Paris Bar and have been working as an associate in the competition law practice group for five years.
What is your background?
In terms of my academic background, I hold a post-graduate degree (M1) in European and International Law and a post-graduate Master’s degree (M2) in Business Law from the University of Strasbourg, where I completed most of my law studies. I am also a graduate from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. After I finished my university studies, I spent a year interning in different UK law firms. Given my academic background and my interest in the subject area, I was naturally inclined towards Competition Law. I later enrolled into the Paris Bar School and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2010.
Why did you choose to join De Pardieu Brocas Maffei?
I had done previous internships at the firm and so I already knew the firm well. I was familiar with the quality of the firms’ clients, the high standards expected from everyone, as well as the general working atmosphere. I also knew that the team I would join would be eager to share their expertise with me.
You were offered to do a secondment, where did you go?
I was seconded to the EU and Competition Law Department of Berwin Leighton Paisner, one of our correspondent law firms in London.
Which practice areas did you work in during your secondment?
The team I worked with is particularly active in competition law and one of the highlights of my experience was getting involved in a major case under investigation by the European Commission.
How was the return to France?
It was an easy transition back into the team after my six-month secondment.
What’s your overall assessment of the assignment?
Very positive. My secondment to Berwin Leighton Paisner was an opportunity to learn more about another firm and its working methods. On a personal level, it helped to improve my language skills and forge relationships with some of our colleagues across the Channel.
Can you briefly describe what you do now, which role you play on the team and in what capacity you deal with clients?
The Competition & Distribution team has three partners, Philippe Guibert, Laure Givry, Emmanuel Durand and five associates.
The team deals with French law and EU Competition and Distribution law issues. We regularly represent clients before both national courts and EU Competition regulatory authorities in connection with mergers, antitrust and distribution law matters.
All associates in the department work directly with Philippe Guibert and Laure Givry. We regularly interact and exchange views on really interesting legal issues that come up over the course of our work. There is also a common desire to keep abreast of the latest news in Competition law by attending conferences and training sessions.
Which professional, people-related or other aspects of your current role do you find the most interesting?
I appreciate being fully involved in client matters, working as part of the team and being constantly challenged intellectually. I also value being able to explore new business sectors.
In your opinion, what competitive advantage does De Pardieu Brocas Maffei have over other firms?
The firm is distinguished by its independence and the soundness and quality of its lawyers and employees.