Philippe Chappatte is head of the Slaughter and May competition group. He is resident in the London office but also spends a portion of his time in Brussels. He is responsible for the running and development of the firm’s global competition practice, including through the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices and ‘best friend’ firms. Mr Chappatte is listed as a leading individual in the ‘Competition/European Law: Non-contentious’ section of Chambers UK 2016, and for EU and competition in The Legal 500 UK 2015. He is also listed for ‘Competition/European Law’, ‘Competition/European Law (Foreign Experts)’ and ‘Competition/European Law (Experts Based Abroad)’ in Chambers Global 2015. Mr Chappatte has extensive experience of EU and UK competition law with expertise in merger, cartel and behavioural cases in both jurisdictions. He has represented clients in respect of cartel cases in front of the UK competition authorities, the European Commission and other competition regulators, and in relation to appeals to the European courts.
Cartels are a surprisingly persistent feature of economic life. The temptation to rig the game in one’s favour is constant, particularly when demand conditions are weak and the product in question is an undifferentiated commodity.