Partner, Head of Competition
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M.
French, English, German
Dr. Benoît Merkt is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his first-rate practice. He specializes in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, notably in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech, infrastructures (electricity), consumer goods, chemical, luxury goods, motor-car distribution, public broadcasting and retail sectors. He has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Benoît Merkt advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints, cartels and public procurement.
Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organizations. He heads the firm’s practice in this field. He has incorporated major foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.
Considered a "go-to name for a range of European and Swiss competition matters including merger control and abuse of dominance cases" (Who’s Who Legal 2019), "the superb Benoît Merkt is noted by sources for his expertise in competition law and his particular skill in complex cross-border cases" (Who’s Who Legal 2018). Clients laud his "excellent knowledge and relationship with clients, clarity and precision," while also adding that he is "well connected with relevant authorities" (Chambers, 2018) and "particularly quick on the uptake of what is needed in any situation" (Chambers 2019).
Competition, Tax-Exempt/Non-Profit Organizations, Regulated Markets, Public Procurement and Administrative Law, Internal Investigations