A Partner at Lenz & Staehelin's Geneva office, Dr. Benoît Merkt is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his first-rate practice. He specializes in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, notably in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech, infrastructures (electricity), consumer goods, chemical, luxury goods, motor-car distribution, public broadcasting and retail sectors. He has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Benoît Merkt advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints, cartels and public procurement.
Benoît Merkt is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organizations. He heads the firm’s practice in this field. He has incorporated major 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 on international cooperation between competition authorities (2001, Walther Hug Prize), having already obtained an MJur in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford (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. Benoît Merkt joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1999 and has been a Partner since 2006.