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Céline Espesson

Céline Espesson is strategic in her advice, and shows great responsiveness and clarity of analyses.
Legal 500 EMEA 2024

Céline Espesson’s practice focuses on both French and European competition law as well as Distribution law and commercial law advice.

She advises clients on both cartels and unilateral practices.

Céline has developed a very comprehensive practice in competition law and specially in the context of antitrust investigations and has a sound knowledge of antitrust procedures. She assists clients in preventing anti-competitive practices by conducting trainings and audits as well as during a wide range of contentious procedures (dawn raids, sectorial inquiries and complaints ).

She also has a significant experience in advising industrial and private equity clients in merger control matters in various sectors. She assists clients in the process of obtaining clearance before French and European competition authorities and coordinates local counsels in multi-jurisdictional notifications.

Professional QualificationsAvocat admitted to the Paris Bar
  • French
  • English
  • EFB, CAPA, 2012
  • Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, MBA/M2, in business law and management, 2009


  • Tier 3, Legal 500 EMEA 2024
  • Great responsiveness and availability. Very good awareness and understanding of the company’s needs.’ Legal 500 EMEA 2024
  • “‘Expertise in merger control relating to foreign transactions, excellent interpersonal skills, sound advice, availability.’ Legal 500 EMEA 2024
  • “Ones to Watch” – Competition / Antitrust Law, Best Lawyers 2024-2025

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Celine worked as associate within competition team of international and national law firms. Celine has also worked within the French competition authority as a case handler and European advisor of the President.