Pierre Kirch
Partner, Paul Hastings; Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium

Pierre Kirch is a partner with Paul Hastings, a member of its Litigation Department, and divides his time between the firm's offices in Paris and Brussels. His practice is devoted to the whole range of French and EU competition/antitrust law (including State aid), which he has practiced now for more than 20 years.

He has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s leading individual practitioners in the competition / antitrust field for France by publications such as Chambers Global 2008 and Chambers Europe 2007, the Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers (Legal Media Group, 8th edition, 2008-2009), the European Legal 500 and the French review, Décideurs Stratégie Finance (in its last market survey for France, published in 2008).

Pierre Kirch is a frequent speaker and writer on EU and competition law issues in various fora in Europe and in the United States. He has contributed to publications such as European Competition Law: A Guide to the EC and its Member States (LexisNexis / Matthew Bender; chapter on France), Merger Control in Europe (Kluwers Law International; chapter on France), Droit européen des affaires (co-author, Dunod), Economic Analysis of State Aid Rules: Contributions and Limits (co-author, Lexxion). As a generalist of business law, he is co-author (with Professor George Bermann of Columbia Law School), of French Business Law in Translation (Jurispublishing, 2nd ed., September 2008).

Mr. Kirch is a member of the Paris and Brussels Bars. Before joining Paul Hastings as a partner in 2004, he was a partner at Moquet Borde & Associés. Bilingual in English and French, he also occasionally handles client matters in other languages which he speaks fluently: German, Italian and Spanish. He is a graduate of Dartmouth and of the University of Paris Law School (Paris I and Paris II).