Baker Botts (Brussels)

Brian R. Byrne

Baker Botts (Brussels)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

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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Leah Brannon, Brian R. Byrne, Jeremy J. Calsyn, George S. Cary, Alexis Collins, Daniel P. Culley, Elaine Ewing, David I. Gelfand, Bruce Hoffman, Mark W. Nelson, Kenneth Reinker The US FTC issues commentary on vertical merger enforcement explaining the approach to assessing the competitive effects of vertical mergers


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 (...)

Matthew Levitt, David Gabathuler, Daniel Vasbeck, Leigh Hancher, Brian R. Byrne, Ella Adler The EU General Court delivers two judgments clarifying how State aid rules apply to national tax rulings and determines whether a transfer pricing ruling in respect of intra-group transactions confers a selective advantage under the State aid rules (Fiat / Starbucks)


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 (...)

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