Brian R. Byrne is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice encompassing EU competition law, EU State aid law, and international trade law. In trade matters, Mr. Byrne has extensive experience advising clients in relation to EU sanctions and export control laws, in particular the EU sanctions regimes targeting Russia and Iran. Mr. Byrne was recognised in the 2016 World Export Control Review (World ECR) Awards as "Highly Commended" in the "Young Practitioner of the Year” category. Mr. Byrne has also represented clients in several high profile cases before the General Court and Court of Justice of the EU. Notably, Mr. Byrne represented the Council of the EU in anti-dumping litigation and is currently representing Ryanair in multiple State aid cases. In competition law matters, Mr. Byrne has represented clients before the European Commission in abuse of dominance investigations, investigations into alleged collusive behavior, and EU merger control proceedings.
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On Tuesday, January 18th, FTC Chair Lina Khan and DOJ Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter held a joint press conference in which they announced ambitious plans to review and update the Merger Guidelines, targeting a release of new guidelines before the end of 2022. (...)
The New York state Senate has passed the “Twenty-First Century Antitrust Act” (S. 933) to amend its state antitrust law, radically changing the risks of doing business in New York. It ostensibly aims at so-called “Big Tech,” but applies to all businesses, even those having very little contact with (...)
On December 22, 2020, the US Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued a Commentary on Vertical Merger Enforcement. This follows the recent issuance of revised Vertical Merger Guidelines published jointly by the FTC and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) on June 30, 2020. While the Guidelines (...)
On 24 September 2019, the General Court (the ‘Court’) upheld the European Commission’s (the ‘Commission’) ruling ordering Luxembourg to recover EUR 23.1 million from Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe (‘FFT’) and annulled the Commission’s ruling ordering the Netherlands to recover EUR 25.7 million from (...)
Last week the European Commission (“Commission”) published its eagerly awaited preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry (the “Report”) and opened a two-month public consultation on the Report. In this alert, we explain the background to the Report, the Commission’s main findings, and (...)
Last year, the European Commission opened formal EU State aid investigations into specific cross-border tax arrangements relied on by Apple (in Ireland), Starbucks (in the Netherlands), Fiat Finance and Trade, and Amazon (both in Luxembourg). On 21 October 2015, the Commission announced that (...)