Hugues Calvet died at the age of 64.
“The Roll’s Royce of the market”, “a most brilliant mind, like his pleadings”, “an understanding that goes beyond mere legal analysis”, “the best in Paris for competition litigation…“ Throughout his career, Hugues Calvet has received praise from his peers. A brilliant lawyer specializing in business law, the Aveyronnais died last week at the age of 64. His funeral took place on Friday in his native village, Le Monastère. Several of his former comrades in the region, known on the rugby pitches during his youth in the prefecture, paid him a last tribute like the legal world. A world that man will have marked by his talent.
“An exceptional personality”
A graduate of the University of Toulouse in private law in 1978, Hugues Calvet then turned to the judiciary at the ENM in the early 1980s and at the European Court of Justice from 1987 to 1991. Before registering at the Paris Bar as a lawyer, “the job I’ve always wanted to do, because I have a temperament that pushes me more to defend than to accuse”, he said. He quickly joined the prestigious firm Bredin Prat in Paris, where he specialized in competition-related litigation (cartel, abuse of a dominant position, etc.)
Among his clients: the American firms Uber or Amazon, La Banque Postale, the newspaper L’Équipe and a good number of Cac 40 companies… Regularly, the American legal magazine “Best Lawyers” ranked him among the best in his field. “Hugues Calvet was one of the pillars of our firm and greatly contributed to the growth and reputation of our competition practice. Recognized by his peers, loved by his clients, his exceptional personality marked all those who had the chance and the privilege to meet him”greeted Bredin Prat on his website following the death of the Aveyronnais.
Who liked to find his land when his schedule allowed it. And who had not forgotten his first love as in the early 2010s when he supported Stade Rodez Aveyron (rugby) in a friendly and gracious manner during his dispute with Urssaf. In 2017, in a column published in the newspaper The worldthe lawyer had committed alongside Emmanuel Macron against Marine Le Pen, whose “the program would lead to the end of the rule of law since it is in contradiction with our constitutional and conventional principles”.
Hugues Calvet, whose brother Yvon is now Advocate General at the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence, also used to take up his pen to write several forums on business law in the daily newspaper The echoes.