Mélanie Bruneau advises clients from a variety of industrial sectors, including transport, manufacturing, chemicals and IT, on the legal aspects of their business activities, with particular emphasis on regulatory compliance.
Mélanie advises large multinationals on all aspects of EU competition law and has significant experience in cartel investigations. Mélanie was also involved in the first cartel settlement and in the first hybrid cartel settlement before the European Commission.
Mélanie regularly advises clients, including trade associations and consortia, on global compliance programs regarding antitrust and performs internal audits and compliance trainings. She frequently advises on the rules and procedures governing state aid and EU public procurement directives. In terms of compliance, Mélanie advises on anticorruption (including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention, UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)) and on anti-money laundering legislation.
Mélanie has significant experience advising on vertical agreements, including exclusive distribution and supply as well as selective distribution and franchising. She frequently advises on resale price maintenance (RPM) and price discrimination issues on behalf of some of the largest companies in the world. Mélanie advises on restrictions of active and passive sales, non-compete provisions and termination of distribution agreements. She also advises on parallel import restrictions and more generally on free movement of goods. Mélanie regularly advises on commercial agency agreements (including con compensation and termination issues).
She also advises on consumer protection legislation, including unfair commercial practices as well as misleading and comparative advertising. She advises companies on distribution agreements, including e-commerce cross-border issues and distribution networks in Europe. She has assisted various clients in the setting up of their commercial websites in compliance with e-commerce, e-sign and data protection legislation.
Over the past 12 years, Mélanie has developed strong experience in a wide range of transportation matters, including aviation, road and rail transport, where she advises clients on EU and French regulatory issues and complex contractual arrangements. This includes noise reduction, regulatory issues associated with the transportation of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, perishables, jewelry and high-value goods, and also on slot allocation. Mélanie has recently advised on the emissions trading schemes (ETS) for aviation, on the guidelines for state aid to airports and airlines, and on passenger rights. She also has experience in EU sanctions, customs and export controls.
Mélanie has contributed to Practical Law Company (PLC) on international sales and marketing.