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Marco Plankensteiner is a partner within the Competition Law Department in the Paris office. He handles the full range of antitrust, distribution and consumer protection matters. He defends French and international companies in litigation proceedings before the French and European competition authorities, and in their commercial litigation before the French courts. He advises his clients in trade agreements on issues of horizontal or vertical cooperation in distribution law and issues related to advertising and consumer protection. He also assists them in merger control and pre-merger filings with EU and national competition authorities on both a national and community level. He acquired a specific focus in financial institutions with regards to antitrust issues related to financial institutions, including payment schemes and interbank fees, as well as to construction companies, in connection with industrial cooperation agreements. He regularly assists companies in the agrifood and chemical sectors, in their commercial relations with distributers both in France and abroad. He teaches competition law at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and is member of the AFEC, the French Association for the Study of Competition Marco Plankensteiner is ranked by Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit 2013 and is a highly recommended lawyer (forte notoriété) in Competition and is recommended as having a highly regarded practice (pratique réputée) Competition / Distribution and in IP / Distribution law. He is also ranked by Legal 500 EMEA 2013 in European Law, Competition and Distribution for being particularly effective for the treatment of regulatory issues and state aid problems. The firm is equally effective in their treatment of litigation files.