Kyriakos Fountoukakos

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Kyriakos is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Brussels office. He is an EU and UK competition law specialist advising international companies on corporate deals, joint ventures, investigations (cartels, abuse of dominance and other behavioural issues) and litigation before the EU Courts.

Kyriakos provides clients with particular expertise through his background as an EU official at DG Competition’s merger task force and as a legal assistant in the cabinet of Judge Vesterdorf, the then president of the General Court of the EU.

Kyriakos has advised clients in a broad range of industries including TMT, energy and mining, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transport and consumer goods. He works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills network to provide advice on multi-jurisdictional investigations and corporate transactions (in particular investments by Asian companies into Europe).

Kyriakos was selected as one of the top 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40 in a GCR survey, is a nominee in Who’s Who Legal: Competition Lawyers and is ranked as a competition law specialist in major legal directories.

Kyriakos is an officer of the Antitrust Committee of the IBA. He is co-editor of the mergers chapter of the EU Competition Law Handbook and a member of the editorial advisory board of the CPI Antitrust Chronicle. He has published extensively on EU competition law including most recently on topics such as the failing-firm defence (co-authored article shortlisted for an award by the legal journal Concurrences), Chinese SOEs and EU merger control, minority shareholdings, and confidentiality issues in EU court proceedings.

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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