Alec J. Burnside

Dechert (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Alec Burnside is a Partner in 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 member of the Brussels Bar, as well as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, London, admitted in French and German. Mr. Burnside leads Dechert’s cross-practice Brexit Task Force, comprising partners from many practice areas and offices. He has been vocal over many years in relation to the particular implications of Brexit for EU and UK antitrust.

Distinctions

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French General Inspectorate of Finance (Paris)
DG COMP (Brussels)
FTI Consulting (Brussels)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Allen & Overy (London)
AMC Economics (London)
CRA International (London)

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Articles

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Laurence Bary, Alec J. Burnside, Mélanie Thill-Tayara, Clemens York von Wartenburg The EU Commission issues a general joint statement on the application of competition rules during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Key Takeaways Following several individual initiatives by member state competition authorities to temporarily relax competition rules in specific sectors, the European Competition Network (which includes the European Commission and all member state competition authorities) has issued a more (...)

Alec J. Burnside, Clemens York von Wartenburg, Adam Kidane The EU Commission announces it will use its interim measures in investigating a major chipmaker’s abuse of dominance (Broadcom)

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Key Takeaways In a potentially ground-breaking move, the European Commission recently announced its intention to use its powers to impose interim measures in an investigation targeting chipmaker Broadcom. If it does impose such measures, it would be the first use of these powers in 18 years. (...)

Alec J. Burnside, Amanda DeBusk, Jeremy B. Zucker, Miriam Gonzalez, Richard Tauwhare, Roger Matthews The EU Commission and the EU Council discusses 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 / EU Commission)

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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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