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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    • 04/01/2021
    • News

    Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on trade in goods

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom announced the conclusion of their negotiations of a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (“EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” or “the TCA”) intended to settle their future relationship. The United Kingdom left the European Union at the end of 31 January 2020 but a status quo was maintained as a result of the Withdrawal Agreement. That agreement provided for a transition period due to end on 31 December 2020. On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (“UK”) will no longer form part of the European Union (“EU”) Single Market (comprising the free movement of persons, goods, services and the freedom of capital) and the EU customs union. The TCA does not alter that fact. Instead, it sets separate terms for the relationship between the EU and the UK. The TCA consists of seven parts and a series of annexes and protocols. The TCA must also be read together with a series of declarations. The main substantive parts of the TCA concern: (i) trade, transport, fisheries and other arrangements (Part Two); (ii) law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (Part Three); (iii) health and cyber security (Part Four); and (iv) participation in Union programmes, sound financial management and financial provisions (Part Five). Part Six establishes a dispute settlement system and sets out a series of horizontal provisions. The parties to the TCA might conclude further bilateral agreements, supplementing the TCA (Article COMPROV.2.1). This client alert offers a general overview of the aspects of the TCA (especially Part Two) affecting generally trade in goods as well as digital trade. This alert does not cover the provisions of the TCA concerning notably services, investment and intellectual property rights. It must be read together with other client alerts on more specific aspects of the TCA that Van Bael & Bellis will prepare.

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