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David Tayar

David Tayar


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David Tayar

David Tayar has extensive experience in handling first and second stage complex merger control investigations before both European and French antitrust agencies and in coordinating multijurisdictional filings. He regularly advises clients in restrictive arrangements and monopolization cases before European and French competition authorities and courts.

David is a Member of the Board of the Association des Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence.

  • Prior to joining Clifford Chance, David advised clients on a wide range of matters, including merger control, horizontal and vertical agreements, abuse of dominance cases, state aid issues and antitrust litigation matters
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Career and qualifications

  • Université PARIS X (Nanterre) (Masters in Business Law and Anglo-American Law) 1995
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M, European Community Law) 1996
  • Université PARIS I (Panthéon Sorbonne) (Postgraduate in Private Law, DEA) 1997
  • Admitted as an avocat in Paris 1999
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2017

Awards and citations

  • David Tayar acts for clients from the retail, IT and pharmaceutical spaces on a variety of French and European competition law issues. He demonstrates particular experience in merger clearances, state aid cases and antitrust investigations. Clients regard him as "a true business partner: very smart, sharp, responsive and practical."
    Chambers Europe, France, Competition/European Law, 2019
  • "Clifford Chance managed to balance the departure of former practice head Patrick Hubert and three of his associates to Orrick Rambaud Martel with the arrival of the ‘exceptional’ David Tayar, who ‘stands well above the rest of the pack’ and joined from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; additionally, Katrin Schallenberg was promoted to the partnership. Along with numerous high-value merger control cases in the pharmaceutical and car rental sectors, the group is representing clients such as Teva, Ingram Micro and Volkswagen in antitrust investigations. Of counsel Michel Petite successfully obtained clearance with remedies in phase two proceedings before the European Commission on behalf of Airbus Safran Launchers with regards to its acquisition of Arianespace and Marie Pacaux is also a key contact."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, EU Competition & Distribution, 2018
  • "Interviewees recognise David Tayar as a "very talented partner" who has a significant track record in merger control mandates, often handling sizeable merger control investigations and filings at domestic and European levels. He also boasts experience of advising on abuse of dominance cases and restrictive agreements"
    Chambers Europe, France, Competition/European Law, 2018