Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
François-Charles Laprévote is a partner based in the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. His practice focuses on European competition and international trade law, including merger control, state aid, cartel investigations, market dominance and trade defense instruments. He has advised corporate clients and financial institutions as well as government and public entities in numerous cases before the European Commission, the European Courts in Luxembourg and the French Competition Authority.
Mr. Laprévote has advised on a number of State aid matters and has worked on several cases involving financial institutions in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, as well as on high profile cases regarding companies in distress, services of general economic interest, and regional State aid. In the recent past, he has represented clients in State aid proceedings regarding COVID-19 related aid.
He has also published on antitrust, State aid and trade. He is an editor and co-authored several chapters of the Research Handbook on State Aid in the Banking Sector, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Mr. Laprévote is recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of competition/antitrust and State aid by various legal directories, including The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Mr. Laprévote joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2007. From 1998 to 2007 he served at various posts in the French and European administrations, including as economic adviser to the French Minister for European Affairs, detached expert to the European Commission’s DG External Trade, and member of the French General Finance Inspectorate.