Emily Xueref-Poviac's practice encompasses all fields of Competition Law, both in advice and litigation.
Emily advises French and international clients in a wide variety of industrial sectors on EU and French competition law matters.
Emily has developed a strong and recognised expertise on foreign investment matters, that have become essential for a number of transactions in the rapidly evolving foreign investment review landscape. Emily has been advising on complex cases involving unique legal developments and is regularly consulted by the French authorities to offer opinions on reform proposals.
Emily has experience in a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, defense, energy, telecommunications, transportation, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, banking and finance.
- Merger control filings: pre-merger risk assessment, formal merger filings before the French Competition Authority, the European Commission and national competition authorities, coordinating multijurisdictional filings;
- Handling abuse of dominance cases before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission;
- Advising on horizontal and vertical agreements and distribution networks;
- Antitrust litigation matters;
- Handling several antitrust audits and numerous compliance training sessions;
- Regulatory issues (energy and transport).
News and client work
- Foreign Direct Investment Guide, The Evolving Concept of National Security, December 2021
- České dráhy, a.s. v European Commission : No Obligation for the Commission to Assess Exculpatory Evidence If There Is Already Sufficient Incriminating Evidence to Order an Inspection
- České dráhy, a.s. v European Commission : legality of Commission’s dawn raid, Emily Xueref-Poviac - Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 9, Issue 9, 1 December 2018, Pages 579–581
- Access to facilities in the energy sector: An overview of EU and national case law, Emily Xueref-Poviac, E-competitions N° 86419, 04 May 2018
Career and qualifications
- University Paris II, Panthéon-Assas (Master 2, Post Graduate Diploma in European Competition Law) 2007
- HEC Specialised Master (Advanced Graduate Diploma in Business Law and International Management) 2009
- Admitted as an avocat in Paris 2011
- Joined Clifford Chance 2017
- Counsel since 2020
- Member of the Paris Bar
- Member of the French Association Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence
- Member of the Association Française d'Etude de la Concurrence
- Member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society
Awards and citations
- "Clifford Chance's antitrust practice combines national and European expertise to cover the full gamut of competition matters through the experience of Katrin Schallenberg and David Tayar. The pair jointly head the practice, supported by of counsel Michel Petite. As well as overseeing Europcar's acquisition of Goldcar, the group recently handled Axel Springer's sale of 78.4% of the Aufeminin group to TF1. Schallenberg is currently representing Arkema in a claim against Honeywell on the grounds of European competition law, seeking a worldwide licence to use one of its products; Tayar is assisting Carrefour with its strategic alliance with Tesco covering the joint purchase of own-brand products and the negotiation of services with large international suppliers. Senior associate Emily Xueref-Poviac is also a key contact and is part of the team advising Oracle on a very recent FCA investigation."
Legal 500 EMEA, France, EU Competition & Distribution, 2019