Alec J. Burnside

Dechert (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Alec Burnside is a Partner at Dechert’s Brussels office. He is a competition law specialist with three decades of experience in advising on major multinational transactions and other antitrust issues. Alec’s wide-ranging sector experience spans consumer products, energy, financial services, IT, manufacturing, military, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and transport and logistics. He has lived in Brussels since 1989. Alec studied at Downing College, Cambridge; College of Law, London; and the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Brussels. He is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and a foreign member of the Brussels Bar, as well as an Associate of the Institute of Linguists (London) admitted in French and German.

Distinctions

Linked authors

MAPP (Paris)
DG COMP (Brussels)
The Capitol Forum
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Allen & Overy (London)
AMC Economics (London)
CRA International (London)

Videos

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Articles

1941 Bulletin

Alec J. Burnside, Amanda DeBusk, Jeremy B. Zucker, Miriam Gonzalez, Richard Tauwhare, Roger Matthews The EU Commission and Council discuss enhancements of national security screening of foreign direct investment (FDI)

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The EU has agreed in principle on a strengthened framework to ensure that foreign investment does not threaten security and public order, while keeping the EU open to foreign investment. The draft FDI Regulation does not go as far as introducing an EU screening mechanism whose decisions are (...)

Alec J. Burnside, Clemens York von Wartenburg, Laurence Bary, Mélanie Thill-Tayara The EU General Court finds financial investors liable for anticompetitive conduct of portfolio companies (Goldman Sachs)

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The General Court of the European Union recently held, in Goldman Sachs v. Commission, that purely financial investors such as investment funds may be held jointly and severally liable for competition law violations implemented by their portfolio companies when they can exercise “decisive (...)

Adam Kidane, Alec J. Burnside Interim Measures: An overview of EU and national case law

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Interim measures are among the most powerful enforcement tools that are available to antitrust regulators in the European Union. Pending the outcome of investigations, which typically run into several years, interim measures can be used to ensure that effective competition is maintained, and irreparable damage that is incapable of being remedied is averted.

Alec J. Burnside, Anne MacGregor, Mélanie Thill-Tayara, Romain Maulin The EU Court of Justice orders new assessment in a case of abuse of dominant position by a semi-conductor company granting loyalty rebates (Intel)

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EU Court Orders New Assessment of Intel’s Rebates The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has quashed a ruling by the EU’s General Court which had upheld the European Commission’s (EC) 2009 finding of abuse of dominance by Intel Corporation Inc. Intel was fined €1.06 billion, a record at (...)

Alec J. Burnside, Anthony V. Nanni, Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Joseph J. Bial, Samer B. Korkor The US DOJ annouces first successful extradition based on antitrust charges (Romano Pisciotti)

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On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano Pisciotti, a 62 year old Italian national traveling through Germany, is the (...)

Alec J. Burnside Minority Shareholdings: An overview of EU and national case law

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Minority shareholdings feature routinely in EU antitrust law. While there is no customised regime specific to them, in most respects they have been satisfactorily accommodated within the general rules. The European Commission’s June 2013 consultation document invited views on the utility of (...)

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Agustin Reyna, Alec J. Burnside, Philippe Chappatte, Sarah de Morant Digital economy and consumer welfare (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)

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While the Oxford English Dictionary defines “welfare” as “The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group”, it is not that simple to define the consumer welfare in the internet context. Gradual changes introduced by platforms with significant market power are able to distort the idea of (...)

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