Profile

Pascale is head of Oxera’s Brussels office. She has extensive experience as a competition economist, advising companies on how to deal with antitrust or merger investigations conducted by the European Commission or competition authorities in the EU, in particular in France. She has advised complainant and defendant firms in the context of mergers (unilateral, coordinated, vertical or conglomerate effects), abuses of dominant position (e.g. predation, margin squeeze, refusal to supply), and cartel investigations. She has also provided assistance to companies that have received state aid, in the context of investigations by the European Commission. She has experience in a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical products and devices, telecoms, agricultural products, distribution, semi-conductors, construction materials, industrial products, energy and consumer products. Pascale is a non-governmental adviser to the French Competition Authority. She is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2018 and in Who’s Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting – Competition Economists (2018). Her Who’s Who Legal biography says: ‘described to researchers as an “outstanding economist”, her knowledge of EU and French merger investigations is “second to none”’. She is also one of ten female economics consultants worldwide selected in Women in Antitrust 2016, issued by GCR (Global Competition Review).

Selected project experience

  • Advice to a potential victim of an abuse of a dominant position in the telecoms sector, following a decision by the French competition authority (2017–)
  • Advice to a company in the aerospace sector, in the context of a potential investigation by the European Commission into abusive behaviour (2016–17)
  • Advice to a victim of a cartel in the context of a follow-on action after a finding of infringement by the French Competition Authority (2015–)
  • Advice to SRR/SFR, sued by Orange for an abuse of dominant position in the telecoms market in France (2015–18)
  • Advice to EDF in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into state aid received in 1997 (2013–17)
  • Advice to the French Ministry of Overseas Departments in the context of a state aid assessment of a fiscal measure aimed at supporting rum producers from French overseas departments (2016–17)
  • Advice to a potentially dominant company that was contemplating bundling products in Europe (2016–17)
  • Advice to an industry association in the context of the design of a data exchange platform across market participants in Europe (2016–17)
  • Advice to the French energy regulator (CRE) in the context of an audit and analysis of methodologies used to compute the regulated asset base for gas storage facilities in France (2016–17)
  • Advice to MSC in the context of an investigation by the Peruvian competition authority into potential collusive behaviour in the liner shipping sector (2016–17)
  • Advice to Peugeot and Citer (Enterprise) in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation into information exchange between car rental companies at French airports (2015–16)
  • Advice to a complainant in the fast food market, in front of the European Commission (2015–16)
  • Advice to a potentially dominant company when setting prices above predatory levels in Europe (2015)
  • Advice to Saint-Gobain in the context of its acquisition of Sika (2015)
  • Advice to a defendant in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation into cartel-like behaviour in the market for express and traditional parcel delivery in France (2014–15)
  • Advice to LDC in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation into cartel behaviour in the fresh poultry market in France (2013–15)
  • Advice to Kingfisher in France in the context of its acquisition of Mr Bricolage, a competing distribution network (transaction withdrawn) (2013–15)
  • Advice to MLC in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation into cartel behaviour in the fresh dairy products market in France (2014)
  • Advice to a liner shipping company in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into potential anticompetitive price announcement practices (2014)
  • Advice to a bank in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into the CDS (credit default swaps) market (2013–14)
  • Advice to Point.P, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, in the context of the acquisition of Brossette and of five points of sale from Wolseley (2011–14)

Selected publications

  • Déchamps, P. and Fanton, I. (2018), ‘The economics of dynamic markets: a focus on merger control’, in D. Gerard, E. Morgan de Rivery and B. Meyring (eds), Dynamic Markets, Dynamic Competition and Dynamic Enforcement, Bruylant.
  • Déchamps, P. and Niels, G. (2018), ‘The One Billion Euro Question for Intel: Moore’s Law or Murphy’s Law?’, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice9:2, 1 February, pp. 124–130.
  • Déchamps, P. (2017), ‘Comment calculer les intérêts lors d’une estimation de préjudice?’, Concurrences 4-2017, November, pp. 33–40. (in French)
  • Déchamps, P. (2015), ‘Quantification issues: estimating and calculating harm, presumption of harm in cartel cases’, in Derenne, J., Morgan de Rivery, E. and Petit, N. (eds), Antitrust damages in EU law and policy, Bruylant.
  • Déchamps, P. (2014), ‘Définition du marché pertinent géographique dans les affaires de concentration à dimension locale’, Concurrences 3-2014. (in French)
  • Déchamps, P. (2012), ‘Notions d’économie du droit de la concurrence’, Guide Juridique de l’entreprise, Titre VII livre 91ter, Kluwer. (in French)

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate diploma in European Competition Law, King’s College, London, UK
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics, UK
  • MSc Economics and Statistics, Toulouse University of Social Sciences, France