Dr. Benoît Merkt is a leading competition law expert. He has extensive experience in all areas of Swiss and European competition law. He regularly advises and represents clients in contentious and non-contentious matters in relation to horizontal and vertical agreements and abuses of a dominant position as well as, in general, on compliance with Swiss competition law as well as in the field of regulated markets and public procurement. Benoît Merkt has acted on high profile cases, notably in the retail, motor-car, media, high-tech, banking, chemical, energy and luxury goods industries. He has also a large experience in Swiss merger control procedures and the coordination of multi-jurisdictional filings.
He heads the competition law practice group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva/Lausanne. Sources laud him as "top-class and outstanding" and "without doubt the standout competition practitioner in Geneva" (Who's Who Legal 2016). Benoît Merkt is recognized for his "international reputation in the field, built on his expert advice and sharp mind which makes him stand out among the competition" (Who is Who Legal 2016). Recognised as "extremely good in antistrust", Benoît Merkt is also praised for his "ability to handle very complex problems" and "his great tactical and strategic sense" (Chambers Europe 2016).
Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organizations. He has incorporated numerous foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.