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 litigation experience 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 and worked as a litigator in Paris for a French-based law firm.

Charles is a French qualified lawyer admitted to the Paris Bar, the Brussels bar (E-list) and 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.
  • Representing a major US optical communication products manufacturer in the implementation of remedies imposed by SAMR
  • Represented a major US optical communication products manufacturer in its sale to a competing manufacturer in merger control proceedings in China
  • Represented a major US IT component supplier in an investigation launched by the Taiwan FTC
  • Represented a major semiconductor manufacturer in its sale to a competing manufacturer leading to multiple merger control filings across Asia
  • Multiple other representations of clients in various competition law matters in the EU including but not limited to merger control (including Phase II), cartel (including leniency applications) and abuse of dominance investigations

Alerts and Publications

Germany Strengthens Antitrust Enforcement Powers to Rein in Big Tech

January 19, 2021

China Expands National Security Review of Foreign Investments

January 12, 2021

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 2 - Draft Digital Services Act

December 23, 2020

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 1 - Draft Digital Markets Act

December 21, 2020

The UK National Security and Investment Bill: Strengthening scrutiny of investment in the UK and introducing the UK’s first mandatory notification regime

November 20, 2020

China Competition & Trade Review (Issue #5 - November 2020)

November 17, 2020

China Publishes “Unreliable Entities” Rules Targeting Foreign Enterprises

September 22, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Approves First Cartel Settlement

August 13, 2020

China Competition & Trade Review (Issue #4 - July 2020)

July 24, 2020

O’Melveny Publishes Guide on New Hong Kong Leniency Regime

July 17, 2020

DOJ’s Prosecution of Generic Drug Companies Continues as it Announces Price-Fixing Charges Against Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

July 2, 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office Calls for the EU Court of Justice’s Guidance on Important Patent Licensing Issues

June 25, 2020

Germany’s Supreme Court Sides with National Antitrust Enforcer in Facebook Abuse of Dominance Case

June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Antitrust M&A Considerations

May 7, 2020

Gun-Jumping Concerns for Pending Transactions When There Is No Such Thing as “Ordinary Course of Business”

April 27, 2020

The Failing Firm Merger Defense in Times of Economic Turmoil: Past Lessons and the COVID-19 Crisis

April 23, 2020

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

Press Releases