Laurence Bary


Laurence Bary


Paris | 32 rue de Monceau, Paris, France 75008
+33 1 57 57 80 80 | +33 1 57 57 80 81


Laurence Bary focuses her practice on EU and French competition law, and represents clients in cases concerning mergers, anticompetitive practices before the French and EU competition authorities, and in State aid matters. She has experience in helping clients during full (Phase II) merger control investigations, including before the European Commission, and has represented leading companies in the digital sector during investigations conducted by various competition, administrative, and judicial authorities.

Ms. Bary has developed impeccable credentials working for major international groups in the information technology, new technologies, aeronautical, and defense sectors. She is listed as a leading competition lawyer in France (GCR 100, 2020). She was also named as a "Future Leader" by Who's Who Legal in its 2020 Competition guide. 

She is a lecturer at the University of Montpelier (DJCE) and has published numerous articles on competition law in Concurrences and Revue Lamy de la Concurrence. Prior to joining Dechert as a partner, she worked at another international law firm in Paris and Brussels.

  • Airbus in several critical acquisitions, including the acquisition of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, the creation of its joint venture with Safran in the defense and space sector, and the subsequent acquisition of Arianespace, the European space launch service provider.
  • Google in several abuse of dominance cases before the French Competition Authority and related private enforcement cases before French courts, including the largest private enforcement claim ever filed against Google in Europe.
  • A major automotive supplier in cartel proceedings before the European Commission, the U.S. DoJ and the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.
  • IBM in a number of cases before the French Competition Authority.
  • Amundi in its €3 billion acquisition of Pioneer Investment.
  • UTC in a number of cases before the French Competition Authority.
  • Lagardère in connection with the appeals brought before the General Court and the European Court of Justice by Odile Jacob against the European Commission decision approving Lagardère/Hachette’s €1.25 billion acquisition of Vivendi Universal Publishing (now called Editis) and related subsequent decisions of the European Commission.
  • Hachette in connection with distribution arrangements, as well as the design and implementation of a comprehensive antitrust compliance program.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2006
  • Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, 2006
  • Université de Paris XI - Paris-Sud, M.A. in EU Business Law, 2007
  • Paris
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
  • French
  • English
  • Paris Court of Appeal, Antitrust Section – Référendaire
Speaking Engagements
  • 8th Global Merger Control Conference — Webinars (December 2nd to 4th, 2020)
  • Advanced EU Competition Law Conference — Webinar (November 23-25, 2020)
  • GCR's Women in Antitrust conference — Webinar (November 17-18, 2020)
  • 7th Global Merger Control Conference — Paris, France (December 6, 2019)
  • First edition of the mentoring program W@CompetitionFR — Paris, France (July 4, 2019)