University College London (London) Hellenic Competition Commission (Athens)

Ioannis Lianos

University College London (London), Hellenic Competition Commission (Athens)
President of the Hellenic Competition Commission

Ioannis Lianos serves as President of the Hellenic Competition Commission since September 2019. Moreover, Lianos is Professor, Chair of Global Competition Law and Public Policy at the Faculty of Laws, University College London (on leave). He is trained in both law and sociology. Professor Lianos is the founding director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) at UCL Laws and served as the executive director of the Jevons Institute of Competition Law & Economics at UCL. He was Chief Researcher, Skolkovo Laboratory on Law and Development, National Research University, Higher School of Economics and academic head of the BRICS Competition Law Project from 2014-2019. He was previously the Vincent Wright chair at Sciences Po Paris between 2018-2019. He has also held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the WZB (Social Science Researh centre) in Berlin from 2014-2016. Between 2011 to 2014 he was the Gutenberg Research Chair at France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a visiting professor in competition and intellectual property law at the Universities of Chile in Santiago, the University of Strasbourg and a fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Law & Economics and was an Emile Noel Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Jean Monnet Centre and a fellow at the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He was also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong in 2014. His primary research interest lies in European and comparative competition law & policy, economic evidence and the legal system, public policy (including impact assessments), utilities regulation, IP law, law and economics and sociology. Professor Lianos is a Non-Governmental Advisor at the International Competition Network since 2009, a research partner to UNCTAD in competition law and policy since 2010, and an elected member of the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute since 2010. He is also a senior editor in many specialised journals in the competition policy field as well as the co-editor of the GLOBAL COMPETITION LAW & ECONOMICS series. He has published extensively books and articles in various languages and leading academic journals. His most recent publications include Competition Law: Analysis, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2019), Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (OUP, 2019), Reconciling Efficiency and Equity- A Global Challenge for Competition Law? (CUP, 2019), Brands, Competition and IP Law (CUP, 2015), Damages Actions for Competition Law Infringements (OUP, 2015), Competition and the State (SUP, 2014), the two volumes Handbook in European Competition Law (Edward Elgar, 2013), Competition Law and Development (SUP, 2013), The EU after the Treaty of Lisbon (CUP, 2012), Regulating Trade in Services in the EU and the WTO (CUP, 2012). In 2012 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme prize for his seminal research on economic evidence. He is also a Laureat of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2005). Between 2014 and 2019 he was a member of the review college of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. he has advised a number of governments and companies on competition law, IP matters as well as better regulation (impact assessment, CBA).


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Ioannis Lianos The Hellenic Competition Commission adopts a leniency programme


Background Following the trend of a number of other National Competition Authorities in Europe (The Commission and other 17 Member states operate leniency programmes in the EU, see Authorities in EU Member States which operate a leniency programme) the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) (...)

Ioannis Lianos The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes a decision of the Competition Authority on the absence of an infringement by a dominant undertaking in the Scottish milk market for reasons of inadequate investigation and limited analysis of the facts of the case (Claymore / Wiseman)


This case relates to an appeal brought by Claymore Dairies Ltd (hereinafter “Claymore”), a processor of fresh milk active in Scotland, against the decision of the Office of Faire Trading (“OFT” to the effect that there was insufficient evidence that its competitor Robert Wiseman Dairies Plc (...)

Ioannis Lianos The Greek Competition Commission refuses to adopt interim measures against a refusal to access to a motor vehicle distribution network, the insolvency of the distributor being considered as a valid commercial justification, which is not sanctioned by EC Reg. n° 1400/2002 (Auto Service/Technocar)


The company Auto Service, member of the Technocar’s motor vehicle distributor network has been informed in 2003 by Technocar that it would not be included in the distribution network, which was re-organized accordingly to the principles of the new Commission Regulation (EC) n° 1400/2002, of 31 (...)

Ioannis Lianos The Greek Competition Authority considers that the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property has abused its dominant position on the market for the administration of the intellectual property rights of Greek and foreign composers (AEPI)


A number of Greek composers and the Association of Greek composers complained to the Hellenic Competition Commission (Competition Commission) that the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AEPI), a profit making organization of collective administration and distribution of (...)

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Frédéric Jenny, Damien Neven, Jacques Buhart, David Henry, Thomas Funke, Mathew Heim, Catarina Midões, Nicholas Levy, David Little, Henry Mostyn, Ioannis Lianos, Massimo Motta, Martin Peitz, Cristoforo Osti, Almos Papp, Christian Wik, Kristian Hugmark, Julia Vahvaselkä, Antoine Winckler, Thierry Boillot Which competition and industrial policies for the new EU Commission after Siemens/Alstom?


This series of articles presents different points of view about the priorities of the newly established Commission on competition policy in Europe in the aftermath of the decision prohibiting the Siemens/Alstom merger and of the manifesto published by French and German governments. These (...)

Ioannis Lianos In Memoriam: Robert Kovar (1936-2016)


This foreword is an In Memoriam of Mr. Robert Kovar. Robert Kovar (1936-2016), an innovative and rigorous academic, one of the great Maestros of Community and human law of exceptional quality, was one of the giants of the French school of Community law, the first agrégé in France in this "new" (...)

Frances Marshall, Frédéric Jenny, Herbert J. Hovenkamp, Ioannis Lianos, Sivaramjani Thambisetty Ramakrishna Competition law, intellectual property rights and dynamic analysis: Towards a new institutional “equilibrium?”


The emphasis put on innovation as the common objective of intellectual property law and competition law, and consequently the shift of focus towards the dynamics of economic change, may well be a leitmotiv in recent policy documents and scholarly comment. By focusing on the strengths and (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Florence Ninane, Francesco Rosati, Geoffrey D. Oliver, Hendrik Bourgeois, Ioannis Lianos, James Killick, Johanne Peyre, Niamh McCarthy, Philippe Choné The EU guidance on exclusionary abuses: A step forward or a missed opportunity?


What are the consequences for business of the Commission’s Communication on Article 82 of the Treaty? Does it make the Commission’s action more predictable? Does the use of a wide range of economic criteria reduce the risk that pro-competitive practices by dominant companies will be considered (...)

Ioannis Lianos Greece: The reform of competition law: Going “My own way” ?


The recent reform of the Greek competition Act had the objective to align competition law enforcement in Greece with the new EC competition law regime resulting from the adoption of Regulation 1/2003.This aim has been partly achieved but the new amendments also reinforced the distinct features (...)


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