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Jean-Paul Tran Thiet
Jean-Paul Tran Thiet

Jean-Paul Tran Thiet

Partner, Paris

Jean-Paul Tran Thiet is described as “‘An iron hand in a velvet glove’ when it comes to defending his clients’ interests.”

The Legal 500, EU Competition and Distribution (France) 2014


As head of the Paris EU Antitrust and Regulatory Practice at White & Case, Jean-Paul Tran Thiet offers clients shrewd insight into EU and French Competition law. His hands-on experience spans regulated industries such as telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals and transport.

EU and France-based businesses seek Jean-Paul's guidance in competition-related and/or regulatory matters, such as cartels and concerted practices, dominant positions, mergers and state aids.

Companies may find themselves subject to dawn raids, or required to provide information or complete questionnaires for regulatory bodies. They may receive statements of objections or seek to challenge decisions against them. Alternatively, they may seek to raise their own objections about the anti-competitive practices of fellow companies.
With rigorous attention to both strategic vision and detail, Jean-Paul helps clients to better understand and manage their competition-related proceedings before the French Competition Authority, the EU Commission, as well as national and EU courts.

Jean-Paul supports clients with merger control notifications and state aid. He negotiates and drafts contracts on clients' behalf and helps with setting up national and international co-operation and distribution networks. Clients also benefit from his advice in adopting and complying with European and national laws, notably changes resulting from the liberalization of markets such as electricity and gas, telecommunications and broadcasting, transport (air, rail, sea, and urban transportation), pharmaceuticals and postal services. He represents clients in these areas before regulatory authorities, both at the national and EU level.

Before entering legal practice in 1992, Jean-Paul held top-ranking positions in Paris and Brussels, as special adviser to the Vice-President of the European Commission, to several French Ministers and to the French Prime Minister.

Since 1992, Jean-Paul has authored articles on EU law, competition and other legal matters in various journals, including: Les Echos, L'Entreprise, La Lettre des Juristes d'Affaires, Droit et Patrimoine, Le Revenu, Jurisclasseur, La Lettre d'Avenir Transport, AMIP Info, etc.
He remains a columnist for "Regulatory Affairs" in Concurrences, a French periodical published since 2004.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar


  • Degree in Public Administration, IRA Lyon
  • Institut d'Études Politiques de Grenoble
  • Degree in Philosophy, Grenoble


  • French
  • English


Leading global financial institution based in France

Jean-Paul Tran Thiet advised a leading French bank in the course of investigations by the European Commission and other antitrust authorities (Swiss Commission of competition, the US DoJ, etc.) relating to the setting of LIBOR and EURIBOR, including assisting the client during a dawn raid by the European Commission.

Coffee maker and coffee machine distributor

Jean-Paul successfully represented a coffee maker and coffee machine distributor in negotiated procedures before the French Competition Authority (FCA) on the competition law aspects of litigation that has sprung up in several European countries.

Global pharma giant

Jean-Paul represented a global pharma giant in relation to the full range of competition and regulatory concerns across France, including both prevention and compliance issues relating to EU regulation of the healthcare and life sciences sector.

Power cable producer

Jean-Paul represented a producer of power cables in proceedings before the European Commission, as well as before the European General Court, where he challenged the Commission's power to take copies of company computers and to interview employees during a dawn raid.

Car manufacturer

Jean-Paul successfully assisted a European car manufacturer accused of distorting competition by the French Government and the EU Commission in refusing to comply with EU Environment rules.

Multinational telecommunications company

Jean-Paul successfully represented a multinational telecommunications company in a procedure relating to unfair pricing as well as telecom infrastructure in overseas regions.

Speaking Engagements

"The judges in the energy sector", December 2014: Conference organized by the French association of energy law – AFDEN,

"What model for the European Union: Competition, Economic growth and social Europe?" , November 2014: Genshagen Forum

"the move to consolidate the telecoms sector", June 2014: Roundtable discussion at Les Echo Events' Telco & Digital Forum in Paris,

"State aid, support to renewable energy and the EU Court of Justice case-law" , March 2014: Les Rencontres Dauphinoises de la Regulation, Dauphine University,

"ICC Antitrust Compliance Toolkit: compliance policy and practical advice", February 2014: Case study on Risk Assessment at an ICC seminar

"The scenario for transition, which innovations, which governance", April 2013: 4th Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy,

"The Reform of the French Rail System in the New European Context", April 2013: Avenir Transports,


  • « Energie : La concurrence ne saurait être la seule dimension de la politique européenne » A quoi sert la concurrence? – Chapter on Energy, Concurrences, October 2014
  • Les élus français, « intermittents » de la politique européenne, Les Echos, 21 May 2014
  • Ce que doit être le plan de vol du futur « Airbus de l'énergie », Les Echos, 27 Fébruary 2014
  • Chapter on France, Merger Control Worldwide, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, May 2012, (co-authored with Juliette Goyer)
  • Chapter on France, Competition Laws outside the United-States, 2nd Edition, American Bar Association, 2011
  • Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, Volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 2009

Awards & Recognition

Legal 500, EU Competition and Distribution (France), 2014

"'An iron hand in a velvet glove' when it comes to defending his clients' interests."

Chambers Europe , 2014

"The "commercially minded" Jean-Paul Tran Thiet is known for his regulatory expertise and draws on many years' experience. One client comments: "He has a strong network and knows exactly what to do.""

Leading Lawyer: Competition/Antitrust: EU Law - France , Chambers Europe 2014

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, 1992