Yann Utzschneider | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Yann Utzschneider

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 17 10

E yutzschneider@whitecase.com

Yann Utzschneider is “very responsive to clients’ needs [and] has particular experience of the healthcare and consumer goods sectors.”

Chambers Europe, 2015


Yann Utzschneider leads the Paris office's Competition, EU Law and Economic Regulation practice at White & Case.

Yann focuses on competition, distribution, consumer law and advertising, with extensive expertise in notification of concentrations, cartels, abuse of dominant position, major distribution and litigation. He is currently in charge of various EU and French cases relating to abuse of dominant positions and anti-competitive practices across a wide range of industry sectors, including banking, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Yann's practice covers all aspects of competition and distribution law. He represents both French and international companies before European institutions as well as in the French courts.

Yann is a Board Member of the French Association for Competition Studies (AFEC), a member of the French Association of Competition Law Practitioners (APDC) and formerly a 'Secrétaire de la Conférence'. He is a lecturer in Competition law at Versailles - St Quentin University.

Before joining White & Case in 2016, Yann was a partner in the Paris office of a major French law firm where he worked for more than 20 years.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar


  • Postgraduate degree in Management & Law, ESCP Europe
  • Master's degree in Political Sciences, Robert Schuman University
  • DEA (Postgraduate degree) in European and International Law, Robert Schuman University


  • French
  • English


Group Casino's acquisition of Monoprix, 2013-2015*

Yann advised Casino Guichard-Perrachon, a very significant French food retail group, on the acquisition of the entire share capital and voting rights of Monoprix SA, one of the largest supermarket chains in France and a company that Casino already holds jointly with Galeries Lafayette, as well as on the subsequent filing of the transaction before the French Competition Authority. Yann also advised Casino on the follow up of their commitments.

Geberit's acquisition of Sanitec, 2015*

Yann advised Swiss company Geberit AG, a major player on the sanitary systems market, on the acquisition of Finnish company Sanitec Corporation, an important player from the ceramic sanitary ware sector, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange further to a public takeover bid. The transaction was simultaneously notified in other EU countries. The transaction was cleared further to a Phase I investigation which focused in particular on potential horizontal and conglomerate effects.

Creation of joint venture Fives Michelin Additive Solutions, 2015-2016*

Yann advised Michelin on the competitive aspects of the creation of Fives Michelin Additive Solutions, a joint venture that will be 50 percent owned by Michelin and 50 percent owned by Fives, aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops using the metal 3D printing technology. This transaction was simultaneously filed in other countries: China, Brazil, Korea, Turkey and Serbia. Such multi-filing required particular attention to consistency and the diversity of timelines of national merger control proceedings.

Cartel case, 2008-2014*

Yann advised a major French organisation and obtained the full cancellation by the Cour de cassation of the investigation (dawn raids). Further to this cancellation, the French competition authority decided to drop all of its charges.

Major distribution case, 2013-2015*

Yann represented a leading French cosmetics company in a litigation case against another multinational cosmetics company on IP and distribution issues. The client obtained the cancellation of the adverse party's trademark and of its conviction for misleading advertising.

*Experience prior to joining White & Case in 2016.

Speaking Engagements

"Distribution In France and Europe: competition questions", February 2013: Versailles University

"The link between the advisory function of the French Competition Authority and its litigation activity", July 2013: Concurrences review

"Procedure and competition seminar: The French class action", March 2014: Concurrences review

"Decoding the most important provisions of the Macron Act", September 2015: Gide

"Interim measures in competition law: towards a more frequent use?", October 2015: Competition Law Association


  • Contributor since 1995 to the France chapter of the European Competition Law Review (ECLR)
  • La Commission peut rejeter une plainte au motif qu'une autorité nationale de concurrence traite déjà l'affaire, AJ Contrats d'affaires - Concurrence - Distribution (Dalloz), n°3, March 2015, p. 134-135
  • La rédaction des contrats d'affaires à l'épreuve du déséquilibre significatif : Quelles difficultés? Quels conseils?, AJ Contrats d'affaires - Concurrence - Distribution (Dalloz), n° 3, June 2014, p.113-116
  • Réparation du préjudice lié à une infraction au droit de la concurrence : la Cour de cassation accepte le "passing on defense", La lettre Omnidroit (Ed. Dalloz) - Newsletter n° 123, December 2010, (co-author)
  • Que penser d'une règle de protection contre les clauses abusives dans le Code de commerce?, Revue des contrats (L.G.D.J. lextenso éditions) RDC 2009/3, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe, 2016

Competition/European Law – France

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 EMEA, 2016

EU competition and distribution – France

Chambers Europe, 2016

Yann Utzschneider is "an active player in antitrust and commercial litigation", "noted for his expertise on notification of concentration and consumer protection matters"

Who's Who Legal, Competition, 2016

Yann Utzschneider is "practical and commercially sensitive in his approach"

Chambers Europe, 2015

Yann Utzschneider is complimented by interviewees for being "very responsive to clients' needs." He has particular experience of the healthcare and consumer goods sectors.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

Yann Utzschneider has "excellent contacts with the authorities"