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.
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.
He graduated from the University of Neuchâtel with a doctor of law degree in 2001 on international cooperation between competition authorities (Walther Hug Prize), having already obtained an MJur in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford in 1996 (Berrow scholarship). Benoît Merkt was a research assistant in international economic law at the University of Berne and a lecturer in European and Swiss competition law at the University of Geneva. Dr Benoît Merkt joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1999 and has been a Partner since 2006.