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Alec Burnside
Partner at Dechert


Alec Burnside practices in the area of EU competition law, with a particular focus on merger clearances, state aid, cartel defense, and abuse of dominance matters. Over the past three decades, Mr. Burnside has played a key role in cases for leading corporations, global industries and governments on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, manufacturing, military, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms, and transport and logistics. He is noted by clients as “instrumental in reaching [their] goals," because of his “unique blend of creativity and persistence.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Mr. Burnside has been recognized and recommended over many years as a leading lawyer for competition law in publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, Global Competition Review, International Financial Law Review, and Best Lawyers in Belgium. He was named a “thought leader” in competition by Who’s Who Legal in 2018 and 2019. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Burnside was resident in the Brussels office of another international law firm where he served as a partner in the antitrust practice. He has been based in Brussels continuously since 1989.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks