Katia Boneva-Desmicht

Katia Boneva-Desmicht is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group in Paris. She has been a litigator for more than 10 years, particularly focusing on civil and commercial litigation. With her extensive experience and knowledge of French procedures and private international law, Ms. Boneva-Desmicht helps clients mitigate risk and navigate complex strategic issues and legal challenges. Ms. Boneva-Desmicht has significant practical experience advising leading industry players in a broad range of business sectors — including the banking, retail, luxury, pharmaceuticals, leisure, hospitality, and automotive industries — with respect to their risk and dispute management and defense before the French courts.

In a judgment handed down this week by its Grand Chamber, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) decided that, under certain circumstances, a subsidiary can be held liable for cartel activity engaged by its parent company. This judgment has potentially far-reaching consequences and may give an additional impetus to private damages litigation. Background On 24 October 2019, Sumal (an alleged victim of the Trucks cartel) brought a claim for damages in follow-on litigation in front of…