Centre for Governance and Law in Europe

Centre for Law and Governance in Europe

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Law and Governance in Europe

Dr Assimakis Komninos is a Partner at the Brussels office of White & Case LLP. Between 2009 and 2011 he was a Commissioner and Member of the Board of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC). He has acted before the European Court of Justice in Syfait v. GlaxoSmithKline and Lélos v. GlaxoSmithKline (parallel trade of pharmaceuticals - abuse of dominance), and in GlaxoSmithKline Services v. Commission (parallel trade of pharmaceuticals - Article 101). He was also involved before the EU General Court in Microsoft v. Commission (compulsory licensing of interoperability information), GlaxoSmithKline Services v. Commission (parallel trade of pharmaceuticals - application of Article 101), Chalkor Metal Works v. Commission (copper plumbing tubes) and Public Power Corporation v. Commission (Greek lignites). Dr Komninos successfully represented Aegean Airlines as lead counsel in Aegean/Olympic II, which resulted in the European Commission clearing the deal two years after it had previously blocked it. He has also represented or advised clients in proceedings before the Albanian, Cypriot, French, Greek, Kosovo and Romanian competition authorities and Belgian, Bulgarian, Cypriot, French, Greek, Latvian and Spanish appellate courts, and has particular expertise in arbitration cases involving EU and national competition issues, and in private antitrust litigation cases in national courts. Dr Komninos is also a senior associate researcher of the Centre for Centre for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

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