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CompLaw: Pharma
December 2024
Venue TBCBrussels, Belgium

Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills


Kyriakos Fountoukakos is the Global Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Competition, Regulation and Trade practice, as well as Brussels Office Managing Partner. He is widely recognised as a leading competition lawyer – ranked in the Who’s Who Legal Competition as a Global Elite Thought Leader and in the 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 pharmaceuticals, where he advises on licensing agreements, patent settlement issues, life-cycle strategies and M&A transactions. He works closely with the HSF network to provide advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and investigations.

Kyriakos brings particular expertise through his former positions as a European Commission official at DG Competition’s Merger Task Force (2001-2004) and as a Référendaire (legal assistant) in the cabinet of the President of the General Court of the EU (2004-2006). While at the 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.

Agenda Sessions

  • Best Practice Session: Strategies to Address Common Challenges in the Pharma Sector