Charles Paillard


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Charles Paillard is a counsel in the Antitrust & Competition practice based in O’Melveny’s Hong Kong and Brussels offices.

Charles’ practice focuses on merger control (in particular multijurisdictional merger analyses and filings with regional and national competition agencies including the European Commission and the China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)), cartel cases (including advice on dawn raids and leniency), abuse of dominance or substantial market power cases, general competition compliance and vertical or distribution matters. Charles has also represented parties before the Court of Justice of the European Union in competition law cases.

Charles’ industry sector experience includes semiconductors, IT, telecommunications, media, financial services, chemicals, fast moving consumer goods, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Charles worked for two leading international firms in Brussels after having previously completed an internship at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.

Charles is a French qualified lawyer admitted to the Paris Bar. He is also registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong.


  • French


  • France
  • Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


  • University of London Faculty of Law, LL.M.
  • Universite Paris, LL.M.

Alerts and Publications

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Proposed Commitments Offered by Online Travel Agents to Remove Parity Clauses from Agreements with Accommodation Providers

April 9, 2020

China Adopts Antitrust Enforcement Policy to Fight COVID-19 and Spur Economic Recovery

April 8, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Commission Issues Statement on the Application of the Competition Rules to Cooperation Agreements Between Companies Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2020

China Competition & Trade Review (Issue #3 - March 2020)

March 3, 2020

Trade Association Survey Subject to Hong Kong Competition Ordinance

November 28, 2019

China Competition & Trade Review (Issue #2 - November 2019)

November 1, 2019

China Competition & Trade Review (Issue #1 - August 2019)

August 20, 2019

A Guide to Hong Kong’s New Cooperation and Settlement Regime

July 10, 2019

Hong Kong Competition Commission Considers Request to Exempt Trade Association Survey from Competition Ordinance

May 6, 2019

Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases 2017/2018 Annual Report

December 11, 2018

Competition Commission Rules Hong Kong Code of Banking Practice is Subject to Competition Laws

November 13, 2018

Hong Kong Competition Commission Brings Charges Against Individuals

October 12, 2018

Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements (2018) Hong Kong

August 22, 2018

JFTC Issues Draft Policies Allowing for Resolution of Antitrust Violations Through Voluntary Commitments

July 27, 2018

O’Melveny Lawyers Explore Hong Kong’s Cartel Leniency Regime

July 12, 2018

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Clarifies Competition Commission’s Discovery Obligations

June 19, 2018

Chinese Court Releases Guidelines for SEP-Related Disputes

May 23, 2018

China Consolidates its Antitrust Enforcement Agencies into a Single Super Regulator

May 10, 2018

Hong Kong Warns Employers Against Wage-Fixing and No Poach Agreements

April 23, 2018