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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.Mr. Plankensteiner is ranked by Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit 2014 as a highly recommended lawyer (forte notoriété) in Competition and is recommended as having a highly regarded practice (pratique réputée) Competition / Distribution law.He is also ranked by Legal 500 EMEA and Legal 500 Paris 2014 in EU Competition and Distribution law, stating that "the team has a deep knowledge of regulated industries as well as of French and European institutions. The firms handles several cases of abuse of dominant position, cartels ou antitrust. The firm also handles state aids, merger control or European law matters. Noëlle Lenoir and Marco Plankensteiner are recommended." In 2015, Legal500 EMEA mentions: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has ‘strong understanding of the economic surroundings’ of a case. The team is particularly adept at advising on regulatory issues and handles antitrust claims before the French and European courts. It is representing Crédit Agricole and LCL in a banking case. Noëlle Lenoir and Marco Plankensteiner are strong advisers.