Pierre Kirch is a partner in the litigation department of Paul Hastings and divides his time between the firm's offices in Paris and Brussels. He is a member of the firm's worldwide antitrust and competition practice group. He focuses on the whole of EU and French competition/antitrust law, in its advisory and litigation aspects, – which he has practised for more than 30 years – as well as commercial litigation representation, including arbitration and mediation, and general and strategic corporate advice.
Pierre has been consistently selected as a leading competition lawyer on a worldwide scale by publications such as Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500 and, in France, by Decideurs-Stratégie Finance Droit. Pierre is a frequent speaker and writer on EU and competition law issues in forums and legal reviews in Europe and in the United States and has made contributions to various scholarly publications, such as the France chapter in European Competition Law: A Guide to the EU and its Member States (Matthew Bender, LexisNexis, updated annually).
Over the years Pierre, with his team of specialist lawyers, has prepared, filed and negotiated many dozens of merger control notifications before the European Commission in Brussels and the French Competition Authority in Paris. He is also a specialist of worldwide multi-jurisdictional merger control cases.
Pierre is an accomplished litigator. He recently obtained on behalf of UTi Worldwide, Inc, partial annulment of a negative decision of the European Commission, in the 'freight-forwarders' antitrust case (Case T-264/12 General Court ruling in 2016). Over a number of years, he successfully represented Lenovo in a series of antitrust complaints brought by consumers throughout France concerning alleged 'tying' of pre-installed computer programmes, ultimately winning all of the cases and thus staving off this threat to Lenovo's business model.
Pierre is also a dedicated pro bono practitioner. Recently, he argued three cases on behalf of ClientEarth, the London-based environmental defence NGO, in lawsuits brought against the European Commission and other European institutions and agencies for violation of EU transparency rules, before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, and won all or part of all three. For another pro-bono client, the Paris-based NGO Reporters without Borders, Pierre headed an international team of lawyers which researched and drafted the Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers. This pro bono project received the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw Foundation Collaboration Award presented in London in September 2015 and the Paris Bar's Pro Bono Team award presented in Paris in October 2015.
Pierre joined Paul Hastings in 2004 from its predecessor firm in Paris and Brussels, Moquet Borde & Associés, where he was a partner. He is a member of the Paris and Brussels Bars. He is honorary president of the Dartmouth Club of France. Pierre was educated in the United States, at Dartmouth, and in France, at the law schools of the Universities of Paris I and II.