After completing her law degrees in France and the United States (Master of Law at Paris X University and LL.M. at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.), Elodie Vandenhende became a member of both the Paris and New York legal bars. She then began her career as a lawyer specializing in competition law at Jones Day.
Then, she took the role as advisor to the Secretary General of the French Presidency of the European Union in 2008 after which she joined the cabinet of the Minister of Economy and Finance (Christine Lagarde then François Baroin) as advisor in charge of European affairs. For more than three years, she was responsible in particular for managing the crisis in the euro zone in liaison with various European institutions.
She then moved on within the Ministry of Finance to lead and win the first anti-competitive cases on behalf of the French government against some of the largest companies in the digital economy.
Since July 2018, she has been working alongside the President of the Competition Authority in order to implement strategic projects of this institution but also to reflect on the adaptation of the competition rules to the challenges of digital economy. In this capacity, she notably represented the Authority at France’s New Digital Regulations Convention and is currently involved in the working group set up by the government to work on regulation of digital platforms at the European level.