Criteo v. Meta

DLA Piper advised the French Commerce Media company Criteo in proceedings before the Competition Authority against Meta (formerly Facebook). Freshfields advised Meta.

This resulted in a favorable decision by the regulator published yesterday that has led to commitments offered by Meta being accepted. 

As part of the accepted commitments, Criteo will be reinstated as an authorized partner of the social network and will see its advertising buying capabilities restored on Facebook and Instagram in an optimized way. This announcement follows a complaint initiated by Criteo in September 2019. 

The aim of the original complaint was to recreate a level and level playing field for all industry players, including restoring the ability of Criteo and other companies to access Meta’s Facebook platform. It also sought to establish clear and transparent guidelines to prevent the platform from unfairly favoring its own advertising services to the detriment of its competitors. This is the first time that a competition authority has accepted commitments from Meta in antitrust proceedings. 

The DLA Piper team was led by Paris-based Litigation and Regulatory partner Edouard Sarrazin (Picture), counsel Celine Espesson and associate Clara Deveau.

The Freshfields team included Jérôme Philippe (Paris), partner, Bertrand Guérin (Berlin), counsel, Benjamin Schoo (Berlin), Faustine Holderith (Paris), Elaine Pajeot (Paris), Clémentine Vande Maele (Bruxelles) and Alice Cabourdin (Paris), associates.

Involved fees earner: Clara Deveau – DLA Piper; Edouard Sarrazin – DLA Piper; Alice Cabourdin – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Bertrand Guerin – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Faustine Holderith – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Elaine Pajeot – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Jérôme Philippe – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Benjamin Schoo – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Clémentine Vande Maele – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;

Law Firms: DLA Piper; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;

Clients: Criteo; Meta Platforms;

Naoual Sadouqi

Author: Naoual Sadouqi