DIRECTOR, GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION
Dr. Benoît Merkt is an attorney at law and partner at Lenz & Staehelin, the largest law firm in Switzerland. Benoît is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his first-rate practice. He specialises in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, notably in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech, infrastructures (electricity), consumer goods, chemical, luxury goods, motor-car distribution, public broadcasting and retail sectors. He has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Benoît Merkt advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints, cartels and public procurement.
Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organisations. He heads the firm’s practice in this field. He has incorporated major foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.
Considered as "one of the best" considering "his vast competition law experience" (Who’s Who Legal 2017) and "extremely good on antitrust" (Chambers Global 2015). Benoît Merkt is praised for his "ability to handle very complex problems" and "his great tactical and strategic sense" (Chambers Europe 2016).