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CompLaw: Pharma
December 2024
Venue TBCBrussels, Belgium

Anne Wachsmann
Partner at Linklaters


Anne Wachsmann leads the Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice of Linklaters in Paris. She is a key player in her field, with particular expertise in all aspects of competition law: abuse of dominant position, cartels, vertical restraints, merger control, from the investigation stage to first instance and appeal hearings before domestic and EU jurisdictions.

In 2021, she was named in the prestigious Global Competition Review (GCR) Women in Antitrust list. She is ranked individually in Band 1 in Chambers, which states in 2023 that « It is very pleasant to work with her. She is intelligent, always available when it is urgent and we get on very well. In competition, she is clearly the best ». She was listed in 2021 in the very selective list as one of Forbes’ “Top 40 des avocats du CAC40”. Anne is ranked among the Hall of Fame within the Legal 500 latest edition in. She is one of the Thought Leaders in France in Who's Who Legal. She has been twice elected European Competition Lawyer of the Year at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards, in 2014 and 2018.

Anne’s clients span a broad range of industry sectors, notably the pharmaceutical one. She has worked recently in the field of biosimilars and consumer healthcare pharma products. She assisted Sanofi on the Plavix case of 2013 before the French Competition Authority (FCA) and before the European Court of Justice in the preliminary ruling in 2016, opposing Genentech to Sanofi. She advised Sanofi Pasteur on the dissolution of its 50/50 JV with Merck in 2016.

Beyond client work, Anne has contributed since 2005 to the prestigious competition review Concurrences as co-writer of the quarterly column on abuse of dominant position. She is a non-governmental advisor (NGA) in the framework of the ICN (International Competition Network) for the FCA.

Thanks to her expertise and reputation on the market, Anne is also a Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (her former school) where she teaches a 25-hour seminar on EU merger control since 2016.

Anne chairs the Linklaters Foundation which focuses on two main areas: inclusive education and cultural patronage. She is also president of a contemporary art centre in Strasbourg, the CEAAC.

Agenda Sessions

  • Foreign Direct Investment & Foreign Subsidies Regulation: How do they Apply in the Pharma Sector?