Overview

Based in London, and with almost 15 years of experience in all aspects of competition law, Alex's practice covers predominantly UK but also EU, Greek and Cypriot competition law, focusing on complex merger control, distribution, dominance and State aid.

Alex has successfully represented a number of clients before the UK Competition and Markets Authority, the European Commission and various (non-UK) national competition authorities across the globe, as well as before the European and national courts.

Alex has also represented companies in navigating the requirements of the UK’s Foreign Direct Investment screening regime.

His practice covers a wide range of sectors, including life sciences (originators and medical device manufacturers), aviation, automotive, energy & mining, industrials, chemicals, luxury goods, telecoms, media, transport and infrastructure.  

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Alex was Of Counsel in the London office of Baker & McKenzie, and previously an associate at Van Bael & Bellis.

Alex’s extensive UK and EU experience includes:

  • advising Galapagos in its $5.1 billion partnership with Gilead;
  • securing unconditional clearance of the $6bn acquisition of TDC by Macquarie;
  • advising Bidvest before the CMA on its sale of BFS to Tesco/Booker;
  • representing Rio Tinto on its contemplated divestment of ISAL and the divestment of its talk business to Imerys;
  • securing CMA Phase I clearance of the acquisition of Zenith Hygiene by Diversey (a Bain Capital portfolio company);
  • advising Three in the CMA's review of the acquisition of EE by BT (Phase II CMA review);
  • representing Panalpina in the Freight Forwarding Investigation before the European Commission and Courts;
  • representing Rio Tinto and Eurallumina before the EU Courts on State aid cases;
  • advising the BBC Trust on competition and State aid implications of all aspects of the BBC's public service and commercial subsidiaries’ behaviour and business ventures, including proposals such as Open iPlayer and YouView.

Alex has been listed in Who’s Who Legal’s “Future Leaders in Competition Law” since 2017, a peer review listing the best competition lawyers worldwide under the age of 45.

Languages

Greek, English

Recommendations

  • Who’s Who Legal – Competition: Future Leader

Education

  • King’s College London, Post-Grad. Diploma in Economics for Competition Law, Merit
  • Columbia Law School, New York, LL.M with US antitrust focus, Distinction/James Ken Scholar
  • Oxford University, MJur (LL.M) in European and Comparative Law, EU and UK competition law focus, European business regulation
  • Athens Law School, LL.B - 4 year law degree (top 5%)

Publications

Alex has contributed to a variety of competition law-related publications, newsletters and practice handbooks. Recent publications include:

Comparative Analysis of the US and EU Approach and Enforcement of the Essential Facilities Doctrine, European Competition Law Review Volume 27: Issue 8.

State Aid Law Claims in Merger Control, The Reform of EC Competition Law: the Challenge of an Optimal Enforcement System, Kluwer.

Teaching Positions

Alex has delivered presentation/training sessions on competition law matters to a large number of clients and lectures on competition law to post-graduate students at Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. He is a regular speaker at conferences.

Bar Admissions

England & Wales (solicitor)
Greece (Athens Bar Association)
Ireland

Publications and insights

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    • 21/12/2021
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    The New UK Foreign Investment Regime – “The Biggest Shake-up in 20 Years”

    The UK's National Security and Investment Act, which enters into full force on 4 January 2022, represents a major overhaul of the UK foreign direct investment (“FDI”) control regime. The Act provides the UK government with wide powers to scrutinise transactions not traditionally subject to heavy FDI scrutiny, ranging from artificial intelligence and data infrastructure to communications and transport, and also establishes a mandatory notification and suspensory review regime.

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    • 27/10/2021
    • News

    Dawn raids are back on the agenda for competition authorities – is your company prepared?

    Dawn raids are firmly back on the European Commission’s (the “Commission”) agenda. Recent dawn raids in the animal health and wood pulp sectors signal the start of a new wave of unannounced inspections across Europe over the coming months, which will concern many different sectors and different types of suspected competition law violations. Now is therefore the right time to review and update companies’ internal dawn raid response strategies, to ensure that they are effective and adapted to “modern” dawn raids.

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    • 06/10/2021
    • News

    Alex Stratakis to speak in a panel discussion on Brexit and UK Competition Law

    On 7 October Van Bael & Bellis partner and head of our UK Competition Practice will participate in a panel discussion on "Brexit & Competition law: What Greek/EU lawyers and businesses need to know about the new era of UK competition law". https://lnkd.in/dvyibqgD Other panellists are Dr. Andriani Kalintiri, Lecturer in Competition Law at King's College London. The panel will be moderated by Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills in Brussels.

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