Kyriakos Fountoukakos is recognised as “a big name” who stands out for his “in-depth expertise, thorough knowledge and strong business acumen”.
Kyriakos Fountoukakos is the managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Brussels office. He is widely recognised as a leading competition lawyer – ranked in the Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition and other major directories – and has over 20 years of experience in competition law. Kyriakos specialises in all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, cartels, antitrust investigations and advice, distribution agreements, dominance and competition litigation before the EU courts. He has advised clients across a broad range of industries including TMT, pharmaceuticals, energy and mining, financial services, transport and consumer goods. Kyriakos works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills network to provide advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and investigations. He is particularly active in advising clients in Japan and manages Herbert Smith Freehills' cross-border Japan competition practice.
Kyriakos brings particular expertise through his former positions as a European Commission official at DG Competition's merger task force and as a référendaire (legal assistant) in the cabinet of the president of the General Court of the EU. While at the Commission, he dealt with merger transactions and was part of the team that drafted the current Merger Regulation and accompanying notices.
Kyriakos is an officer (committee secretary) of the IBA’s antitrust committee. He actively speaks and writes about competition law, is co-editor of the mergers chapter of Jones and Van der Woude’s EU Competition Law Handbook, and lectures on merger control as part of the LLM programme at UCL.
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, as a solicitor in England and Wales and as advocaat in the Brussels Bar. Kyriakos is fluent in English, Greek and French.