Brian R. Byrne

Senior Associate

Brian Byrne

Brussels

P: +32.2.891.7325 F: +32.2.891.7400

EU Litigation

  • Representing Ryanair in several cases before the General Court of the EU challenging European Commission State aid decisions concerning Ryanair's relationships with a number of regional airports
  • Represented Ryanair in its appeal against the European Commission's 2013 merger control decision prohibiting Ryanair from acquiring control of Aer Lingus
  • Represented the Council of the EU in several anti-dumping cases before the General Court and Court of Justice of the EU
  • Represented the European steel tube industry as Appellants in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the EU in a case regarding anti-dumping duties
  • Representing the European steel tube industry before the General Court of the EU in a case against the European Commission concerning anti-dumping duties

Export Control and Economic Sanctions

  • Advising a Russian energy company on EU sanctions related to Russia
  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company on EU sanctions related to Iran
  • Advising a global chemicals company on various aspects of EU export control laws and EU sanctions, in particular with respect to dual use goods
  • Advising a multinational beverage company on EU sanctions related to Iran
  • Advising an oilfield services company on EU sanctions related to Russia

Competition Law

  • Advising the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as complainant in the European Commission's investigation into anticompetitive practices in the aircraft engines and components after market
  • Advising a large technology company in relation to standardization and joint licensing matters
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in a European Commission investigation concerning alleged refusal to deal and margin squeeze in the national broadband sector
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical supplier in its defence against an investigation by the European Commission into patent settlement agreements
  • Represented Ryanair in proceedings before the Office of Fair Trading regarding Ryanair's minority stake in Aer Lingus
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical supplier in its defence against an investigation by the European Commission into alleged collusive behavior and abuse of regulatory procedures
  • Advising various companies on State aid law issues