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Assimakis Komninos

White & Case (Brussels)
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Dr Assimakis Komninos is a Partner at the Brussels office of White & Case LLP. He is also a visiting fellow of the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe at University College London (UCL) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) at the College of Europe. Dr Komninos has acted in a number of landmark cases before the European Courts and the European Commission, such as Microsoft (compulsory licensing), Google Shopping (self-favoring), Rambus (excessive pricing), GlaxoSmithKline (parallel trade of pharmaceuticals), Greek lignites (public undertakings) and has also represented clients before a number of European competition authorities, courts and arbitration tribunals. He also successfully represented Aegean Airlines in Aegean/Olympic II, which resulted in the European Commission clearing the deal in a Phase II proceeding. This was the first time that the Commission cleared a merger after it had previously prohibited it. He is recognised as a leading lawyer for competition/European law by Chambers Global in 2015-2020, by Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition 2019 and is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2014-2020) and Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences (2015-2020). He has published more than 80 books, articles, contributions and case notes in the area of EU law and holds a summa cum laude law degree from the University of Athens, an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), an LL.M. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. He is a member of the Brussels (E-list) and Athens Bars (Supreme Court). He is a former Commissioner and Member of the Board of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) (2009-2011). He is currently a non-governmental advisor (NGA) to the International Competition Network (ICN).

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Articles

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James Killick, Assimakis Komninos, Aqeel Kadri The UK Court of Appeal upholds the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s quashing of the Competition Authority’s decision against pharmaceutical undertakings who had abused their dominant position by pricing their epilepsy drug unfairly (Pfizer / Flynn Pharma)

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On 10 March 2020 the Court of Appeal upheld the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) quashing of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision that Pfizer and Flynn Pharma (Flynn) had abused their dominant positions in the market by pricing their epilepsy drug unfairly. Among other (...)

James Killick, Assimakis Komninos, Strati Sakellariou-Witt The UK Competition Authority closes its investigation into an allegedly abusive discount scheme in the pharmaceutical sector (Remicade)

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This article has been nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The CMA Remicade decision: discount schemes and abuse of dominance – effects matter!* Summary On 14 March 2019, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (...)

Assimakis Komninos, James Killick The EU Court of Justice dismisses the Commission’s appeal against the annulment of its decision to prohibit a merger in the parcel delivery market (UPS / TNT)

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This article has been nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. EU Court confirms the need for transparency and full disclosure of economic analyses in EU merger cases (UPS/TNT)* On 16 January 2019, the Court of Justice of (...)

Assimakis Komninos, James Killick The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal announces its provisional judgment in an appeal against the Competition Authority’s infringement decision in an excessive price case (Pfizer / Flynn)

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I. Introduction In the last couple of years, there has been a trend for antitrust watchdogs around the world to investigate excessive pricing, especially in the phar- maceutical sector. Last year, the European Commission opened its first investigation into excessive pricing in the (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Jacquelyn MacLennan, James Killick, Jan Jeram, Jérémie Jourdan, Strati Sakellariou-Witt The EU Court of Justice endorses an effects-based assessment of rebates (Intel)

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This article has been nominated for the 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") essentially held in Intel that the European Commission ("Commission") cannot (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester, James Killick The EU Court of Justice holds that parent companies may be fined for repeated infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions (Versalis)

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On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in Versalis , concerning the increasing of fines for antitrust infringements where a company is found to be a repeat offender. The judgment raises important questions about the respect for the rights of defence in EU (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester, Jacquelyn MacLennan, Kai Struckmann, Mark D. Powell, Pontus Lindfelt The European Commission adopts a package on private damages actions in antitrust cases

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This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Summary On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal for a directive on how citizens and companies can bring damages claims under EU (...)

Assimakis Komninos The EU Court of Justice rules that the Greek Competition Authority is not a “court or tribunal” in the meaning of Art. 234 EC and therefore can not apply for an ECJ preliminary ruling (Syfait / GlaxoSmithKline)

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On 31 May 2005 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment in Case C-53/03, Syfait and others v. GlaxoSmithKline AEVE and GlaxoSmithKline plc (“Syfait”), which raises the question of whether a dominant pharmaceutical undertaking is under a duty to supply unlimited quantities of (...)

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Agisilaos Karpetas, Assimakis Komninos, Frédéric Jenny, Knut Fournier, Michèle Carpagnano The recovery of antitrust harms in foreign legal systems (Antitrust damages actions in France and in Europe : Current situation and upcoming changements, Paris, 13 May 2014)

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The first roundtable of the conference held in Paris, the 13th May 2014 on the recovery of antitrust harm was dedicated to the antitrust harm in foreign legal systems. Michele CARPAGNANO Professor, University of Trento Co-Director, Osservatorio Antitrust Knut PROVIDER Research Associate, (...)

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?

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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 (...)

Assimakis Komninos The EU White Paper for damages actions: A first appraisal

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La Commission européenne a publié début avril 2008 son Livre blanc sur les actions en dommages et intérêts pour infraction aux règles communautaires sur les ententes et les abus de position dominante. Le Livre blanc présente un certain nombre de propositions spécifiques qui permettront de faciliter en (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester Lisbonne Agenda and Competition Law

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The European Commission tends to refer more and more to the Lisbon Agenda in various competition policy documents. The authors are of the opinion that such a tendancy is contrary to the objectives of the competition policy. Recently, in some of its official communications on Community (...)

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