Charles Pommiès

Charles Pommiès


Charles specialises in competition law and foreign investment review.

His practice covers a broad variety of matters, including assisting leading U.S., European and Asian companies from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, chemicals, transportation, automotive and financial institutions in antitrust investigations (cartels and abuses of dominant position), merger control reviews and foreign investment reviews. Charles also assists clients in the application of the new EU Foreign Subsidies regulation.

Charles has been involved in obtaining European Commission clearance in a number of precedent-setting and complex merger cases, and has also advised on a number of cartel and behavioural investigations by the European Commission and other national competition authorities.

Given the importance of China for our clients, he was based in Beijing from 2014 to 2018. During that time, Charles has gained considerable experience in advising multinational companies on merger filings with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and general issues regarding compliance with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. He has also developed an expertise in advising SOEs, on regulatory issues arising from their investment in Europe


Representative matters

A public petroleum and natural gas company on its investment in Poland’s refining, wholesale, and jet fuel marketing segments through a number of acquisitions from Polish oil refiner and fuel retailer PKNOrlen.

Advent International on its acquisitions of Caldic and Connell, two a leading specialty chemicals solutions providers.

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) on the EC investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector.

A subsidiary of a global institutional alternative investment management firm on the unconditional Phase 2 clearance by the European Commission of its acquisition of control of an oil refinery in Hamburg-Harburg from Shell. In an unprecedented move, the European Commission relied on the ‘failing division’ arguments developed by the parties to clear the case.

Published Work

  • Pommiès, Charles, Eliana Paredis and Hannelore Wiame, (2024) "Foreign Investment Review: Foreign Subsidies Regulation", in GTDT Foreign Investment Review 2024, Lexology
  • Hollman, Pommiès and Putz, (Fall 2023) “The EC’s New Merger Referral Policy and the Transatlantic Reverberations of Illumina/GRAIL on the FTC’s Administrative Process” in Antitrust, Vol. 38, No. 1, ,.67-72, Chicago: American Bar Association
  • Pommiès and Renard, (2019) “Merger Control and its Impact on Innovation in China” in Competition Law and Intellectual Property In China, p.250-276, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Pommiès, McDonald and Shen, (Spring 2017) “IPRs and China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: Friends or Foes?” in Antitrust, Vol. 31, No. 2, , p.73-78, Chicago: American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, The EC White Paper on foreign subsidy scrutiny, China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment, Beijing, 16/09/2020
  • Panelist, Non-antitrust screening of foreign investments in the US and EU, Frontier Issues in China’s Competition Policy and AML Enforcement, Beijing, 20/09/2018
  • Panelist, How geopolitics intersects with technology trends, RAID conference, Paris, 18/06/2018
  • Panelist, Grasping leniency in different regions, Third annual international arbitration, regulatory & competition law summit, Shanghai, 24/04/2018



Admitted as avocat, Belgium, 2009

Admitted as avocat, France, 2003


LL.M. in Trade Regulation, New York University School Of Law, 2001

LL.M. in European Law, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2000

Degree in International Business, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), 1999


English, French
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