Brian R. Byrne is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice encompassing EU competition law, EU State aid law, and international trade law.
In trade matters, Mr. Byrne has extensive experience advising clients in relation to EU sanctions and export control laws, in particular the EU sanctions regimes targeting Russia and Iran. Mr. Byrne was recognised in the 2016 World Export Control Review (World ECR) Awards as "Highly Commended" in the "Young Practitioner of the Year” category.
Mr. Byrne has also represented clients in several high profile cases before the General Court and Court of Justice of the EU. Notably, Mr. Byrne represented the Council of the EU in anti-dumping litigation and is currently representing Ryanair in multiple State aid cases.
In competition law matters, Mr. Byrne has represented clients before the European Commission in abuse of dominance investigations, investigations into alleged collusive behavior, and EU merger control proceedings.
Brian is described by clients in Legal 500 (2020) as bringing “analytical clarity, as well as excellent writing skills, both of which have contributed to clear and persuasive written advocacy to decision-makers. What sets him apart from competitors is a lack of excessive ego and an ability to communicate effectively with clients and regulators, as well as an ability and willingness to apply the appropriate amount of effort to the task at hand."
Mr. Byrne's experience spans a range of different industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, air transport, technology and mining. His pro bono experience includes advice to a UK charity on EU State aid law.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Byrne was an associate at another international law firm.