Romain Ferla is an Antitrust/Competition partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges' Paris office. Mr. Ferla has significant experience in European Union and French competition law matters, including merger control, investigation of cartels or abuses of dominance, and advising on distribution agreements (containing vertical restraints), cooperation agreements with joint ventures, and state aids and state measures distorting competition.
Mr. Ferla's successful track record in antitrust litigation includes defending and representing a wide range of clients before French courts and in administrative proceedings before the European Union and French competition authorities. He has served both as counsel to the notifying parties (private equity funds and corporate clients) and as counsel to the complainants.
Romain’s recent transactions include pre-merger review of Oaktree’s acquisition of Nord Est Ileos; Axa Private Equity’s acquisition of the Fives Group; Marinopoulos’ acquisition of Carrefour’s 50% stake in Carrefour Marinopoulos; Axa Private Equity’s joint bid (with Chinese conglomerate Fosun) on Club Méditerranée. All these transactions involved multi-jurisdictional filings.
Romain Ferla has been recognized as “Rising Star” for EU competition and distribution in France in Legal 500 2013.
Paris II University (post-graduate diploma in European competition law, 1996)
London School of Economics (LL.M., 1995)
Paris X University (Masters Degree in Business Law, 1994)
Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) (1992)