Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie headed the Paris office competition team of White & Case until 2009. He concentrated on competition, regulatory, and EU law and has over 20 years experience as a competition specialist in both public and private practices. His areas of expertise include merger control assistance in relation to investigations by competition authorities and to antitrust compliance, representation of national and international companies as well as governments before the European and French competition authorities and courts. Before becoming a lawyer in 1990, Jean-Patrice was Deputy Director General of the French Competition, Consumer Affairs and Anti-Fraud Department. He made the largest part of his administrative career (1970-1989) within the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as a specialist of anti-inflation and antitrust matters. He also served as advisor in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet when the latter was the French Minister of Economy and Finance, and as financial advisor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Commission in Brussels. Attorney at law since 1990, he created and headed the Competition Department of the Paris office for two leading law firms.