Brian R. Byrne is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice encompassing international trade law, EU competition law and EU State aid 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 is a key member of the team that was awarded Sanctions Law Firm of the Year (Europe) in the 2021 World Export Control Review (World ECR) Awards.
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, Ryanair in multiple State aid cases, and several European Transmission System Operators (TSOs) in cases challenging decisions of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
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.
Mr. Byrne is described by Clients in The Legal 500 EMEA, 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.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Byrne was an associate at another international law firm.