Alan Ryan is a partner in Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the Brussels office. He co-heads the firm’s infrastructure and transport sector group. His practice focuses on EC competition law. He has considerable experience of complex merger reviews at EU and national level acting for both merging parties and third parties, and of 101 and 102 investigations. He has extensive experience in several industry sectors including the air transport, natural resources and healthcare sectors. He has advised airlines and investors in relation to strategic alliances, state aid matters and on investment in EU airlines.
Alan spent three years in the Washington, DC office and has a solid understanding of US antitrust law and has particular expertise in coordinating cases reviewed on both sides of the Atlantic.
He has handled numerous merger notifications and other competition cases among which include representing the Irish Department of Transport on Ryanair/Aer Lingus; the Ferrovial-led consortium in its bid for BAA; ED&F Man on its transaction with Sudzucker; Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV; GE; Avio; Aegean-Olympic; Iberia-Clickair-Vueling; Swiss-Lufthansa; Shell/BG; and UPS-TNT amongst others. He has significant experience in Article 102 cases including complaints against Google and the HP-Oracle (Itanium) dispute, as well as cartel investigations (he secured a no-infringement finding in the air freight case) and Article 101 commitments cases (eg, United-Lufthansa-Air Canada).
Alan studied at the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.
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