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Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Managing Partner and EMEA Regional Head of Practice for Competition, Regulation and Trade at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


Kyriakos has more than two decades of experience in competition law. He was formerly a European Commission official at the Directorate General for Competition’s Merger Task Force and a Référendaire (legal assistant) in the cabinet of the President of the General Court of the EU. Kyriakos’s clients value his understanding of economic issues, and his insider knowledge gained at the European Commission and at the General Court.

Kyriakos advises international clients in sectors including TMT, pharma, energy and mining, consumer products, financial services and insurance, manufacturing, rail, and air transport on a range of areas including merger control (mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures), cartels, antitrust investigations and advice, distribution agreements, dominance, and competition litigation before the EU courts. 

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. 

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 is fluent in English, Greek and French.

Agenda Sessions

  • KEYNOTE INTERVIEW Update from EU Commission on Competition Law Enforcement

  • ROUNDTABLE IP / Litigation Strategies and Antitrust Considerations: A Deep Dive into the Recent Teva Copaxone Case on Divisional Patent and Litigation Strategies