Bird & Bird strengthens its competition practice with the appointment of Efthymios Bourtzalas in Brussels

26 March 2014

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce that it has appointed Efthymios Bourtzalas as a partner in its EU & Competition Group based in Brussels.

Efthymios has worked for a variety of clients at an international level and has extensive experience in cross-border work. His areas of expertise include merger control, restrictive agreements, cartels and abuse of dominance cases, state aid, public procurement, external trade, internal market, EU regulatory and institutional matters, and litigation on Competition and EU matters before the EU and national courts. Efthymios has significant industry/regulatory expertise in a number of sectors, particularly energy, electronic communications and media, transport, environment, lotteries/gaming, construction and agriculture.

Prior to joining our firm, Efthymios spent three years as a case handler in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition, followed by several years as an associate and then partner with international law firm Ashurst LLP in Brussels. Efthymios has been involved in several high-profile and complex competition law matters at an EU and national level, including in particular several phase I and phase II merger and State aid cases.

Anne Federle, Co-head of Bird & Bird, Belgium said: "We are very excited to welcome Efthymios to our team. His extensive experience, in particular in the energy and communications sectors, makes him a great fit and his track record of working with clients in South Eastern Europe will support the development of our firm's activities in this region."

Jose Rivas, Head of EU and Competition Law, Bird & Bird, added: "Efthymios is a leading professional in his field and his strong expertise will add real breadth and depth to our EU & Competition group."

Efthymios said: “Bird & Bird is well known for its deep industry knowledge, integrated cross-border teams and international approach. This is what attracted me to the firm and I very much look forward to contributing to the further development of its high quality and fast-growing EU and Competition group.”