Chantal Lavoie has over 20 years experience in the area of competition law and EU regulatory law. She is appreciated by clients for her commercial and pragmatic approach.
She has practised several years in Brussels at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the leading global competition law firms. Her practice focused on all aspects of competition law - from advising on merger control to anti-competitive arrangements and abuse of dominant position- as well as on EU regulation with particular emphasis on the banking and financial services sector.
Chantal was also in-house counsel at Euroclear Bank, advising on both competition law and EU regulation.
In addition to her experience in private practice and in-house, Chantal also worked several years at the South African Competition Commission as special advisor.
Over the years, Chantal has acquired a deep knowledge of competition law regimes in the world and experience in coordinating multi-national competition filings. In addition, she has a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the European Commission and interacting with competition authorities. Over the years, she has also developed a network of specialist local counsel to assist her in providing local advice where and when needed.
Chantal has published and spoken regularly on competition law and on EU banking and financial services regulation. She has lectured on EU competition law to LL.M students at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chantal is a member of the Paris Bar (avocat à la Cour) and of the French-language Order of the Brussels Bar (E list). Chantal is also a member of the Quebec Bar (Canada). She obtained her law degree in 1986 from Laval University (Quebec, Canada). She also holds an LL.M degree in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (USA). Chantal is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has a very good command of Portuguese.