Kyriakos Fountoukakos is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Brussels office.
Kyriakos is a competition law specialist and deals with all aspects of EU and UK competition law including merger control (acquisitions and hostile takeovers, joint ventures, EU filings and coordination of international merger control filings), cartels, antitrust investigations and advice, distribution agreements, dominance and competition litigation before the EU courts.
Kyriakos has advised clients in a broad range of industries, including in particular the media, telecommunications, IT, energy, mining, financial services/insurance, pharmaceuticals, transport, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors. His clients are major international companies based around the world. Kyriakos works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills network in Asia to advise a number of clients from the region on EU and international merger control, and cartel investigations and appeals.
Kyriakos has particular expertise through his background as an EU official having held positions as a European Commission official at DG Competition's merger task force and then as a legal assistant in the cabinet of the president of the General Court of the EU.
Kyriakos frequently speaks at competition law conferences in Europe, the US and Asia and has authored or co-authored several articles on competition law for major legal journals. He is co-author of the mergers chapter in the second edition of the well-known textbook The EC Law of Competition (ed Faull and Nikpay); co-editor of the mergers chapter of the EU Competition Law Handbook (ed Jones and Van der Woude); and a member of editorial advisory board of the Antitrust Chronicle. Kyriakos is a member of the ABA (active as a member of the ABA antitrust section distribution and franchising committee and financial services committee) and the IBA (where he has participated in working groups providing input to EU consultations on the merger regulation).
Kyriakos is acknowledged as a leading competition law expert in major legal directories including Chambers and Partners and The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists. He was identified by Global Competition Review as one the world's leading 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40.
Kyriakos has studied at the University of Athens (LLB), King's College London (LLM), the University of Cambridge (MPhil in European studies) and Columbia Law School, New York (LLM). He is qualified as a Greek lawyer and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Kyriakos is fluent in English, Greek and French.
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