Lionel Lesur focuses his legal practice primarily on the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and competition/distribution law.
Lionel advises domestic and international companies from a broad range of industries, as well as investment funds and top managers. He has experience in the negotiation of private mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts (including management packages and long-term incentive plans), complex commercial contracts and in advising foreign companies seeking to establish themselves in France.
He has in-depth experience with European and French competition law, including international merger control, antitrust proceedings and abuse of dominant position. Lionel also regularly advises clients in relation to distribution strategies and compliance programs.
Lionel began his career in Paris before moving to Rome, where he practiced for a year at a major Italian law firm before returning to Paris.
Lionel is the co-author of several articles on European and French antitrust law notably on private enforcement and minority shareholdings issues. He also co-authored several books on leniency programs and damage actions. Since 2013, Lionel has served on the “Competition” commission of the Club des Juristes, the first legal think tank in France.
As the French correspondent of the Italian Observatory for Competition (Osservatorio Permanente sull’Applicazione delle Regole di Concorrenza), in 2013 Lionel launched the Journal du Private Enforcement.
He regularly teaches business law, including international mergers and acquisitions and competition law, at several major universities and business schools in France and abroad, including the Universities of Aix-en-Provence, Paris II Panthéon – Assas, Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Roma, HEC Business School and ESCP Europe.
At the Firm, Lionel serves as head of the Italian Desk in Paris.
Provided advice to several companies in the creation and implementation of long-term incentive instruments and programs (including preferred free shares and phantom stocks) for top executives and employees
Represented several international companies and investment funds in the context of complex cartel or abuse of dominant investigations, or merger proceedings before the European Union Commission or the French competition authority and/or other national competition authorities worldwide, as well as at the appeal stage
HEC Paris School of Management,
Master in Science of Management, 2005
Community of European Management School, Master’s, International Management, 2005
University of Paris-Nanterre, LLM (DEA), European and International Business Law, 2001
University of Paris XI – Sceaux, LLM (DESS), Business Law, 2000
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Maîtrise, Tax and Business law, 1999
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