Mélanie Thill-Tayara is a partner in Dechert’s Paris office. She focuses her practice on antitrust and competition law, and she regularly represents leading companies in merger notifications before the French and European regulators and coordinates multi-jurisdictional filings. She has handled a significant number of cartel and abuse of dominant position cases before EU and French authorities and courts, and also private enforcement cases.
Noted as a strong litigator whose ‘advice is invaluable [and] always technically accurate’, she has been involved in landmark cases involving essential facilities, information exchange systems and dominance abuses in various sectors. ‘She is held in high esteem by clients, one of whom reports with her experience she is probably someone who really makes an impact and a difference’ (Chambers). Named Top Woman in Antitrust and listed as a leading competition lawyer in France in GCR 100, 2016, Mélanie Thill-Tayara is recognised as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: France – Competition and Life Sciences and by Best Lawyers France 2018 in Competition / Antitrust Law.
Ms Thill-Tayara has substantial experience in the areas of internal audits, compliance programmes, mock dawn raid operations and competition law employee trainings, and regularly advises clients involved in inspections conducted by the authorities and the subsequent challenges.
Prior to joining Dechert in February 2016, she served as a partner for more than 20 years with two other international law firms. Before that she was an officer at the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition, where she participated in numerous dawn raid operations and contributed to several decisions.