Brian N. Hartnett

Squire Patton Boggs (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Brian Hartnett is managing partner of the Brussels office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Since entering private practice in 1983, Brian has focused on the laws of the European Union (EU) with a particular emphasis on the application of European competition rules. He is a barrister and member of both the English and Irish Bars. Brian originally worked in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission and has for the past 27 years represented US- and Europe-based companies both as plaintiffs and defendants before the Commission in Brussels and the European Courts of Justice in Luxembourg. He has extensive experience across a broad range of sectors including in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services, petrochemicals, IT and media, and retail (FMCG). The 2011 edition of Chambers Global and the 2011 edition of PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook acknowledge his expertise in EU competition and antitrust law as does European Legal Experts 2011 and Chambers Europe 2011. Brian has been involved in some of the most significant cartel, state aid and merger cases within the EU during the past 20 years. Most recently, he has been retained as defence counsel in a wide range of cartel cases including the Air Freight, LCD Screen, Optical Disk Drive, Refrigeration Compressors and Car Components cases. In the state aid field he has successfully represented major multinationals in actions against Member States both before the Commission and the Courts and equally has successfully defended companies the subject of a Commission investigation. In the area of merger control, Brian regularly represents parties seeking to obtain approval for complex transactions before either the European Commission or national competition authorities. Over the years he has been involved in some of the largest and most significant mergers and joint ventures. Brian also represents companies in competition cases before national competition authorities including in the UK, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland. Brian has written extensively in the field of EU competition law. He is a member of the Irish Society for European Lawyers, the Brussels Association of Irish Lawyers and the International Bar Association.

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