Kyriakos FountoukakosBrussels Managing Partner, EMEA Regional Head of Competition at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Kyriakos is Managing Partner of HSF's Brussels office and the EMEA Regional Head of Practice for Competition, Regulation and Trade. He is widely recognised as a leading competition lawyer – ranked in the Who’s Who Legal Competition: Thought Leaders 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 works closely with the HSF network to provide advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and investigations. Kyriakos advises clients across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, where he advises pharma companies on licensing agreements, patent settlement issues, life-cycle strategies and M&A transactions.
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 European Commission, he dealt with high-profile merger transactions (including appeals before the EU courts) and was part of the team that drafted the current Merger Regulation and accompanying notices.