José is a genuine authority in the field of competition law, praised for his experience across the full spectrum of the practice.

José is the head of our International EU and Competition Group.

His practice covers all aspects of EU and competition law including in particular articles 101 and 102, state aid and merger control and public procurement.  José has extensive experience in representing leading US, Japanese and European clients across a broad range of industries, including aviation, media, telecommunications, energy and biotechnology.

José also has extensive litigation experience before the European Courts in Luxembourg, having represented clients in over 50 cases, including two in the “Grand Chamber” of the European Court of Justice.

José has represented clients under investigation and obtained phase I and phase II merger control clearance by the European Commission and other national competition authorities, and has filed complaints with such authorities. He also regularly organises anti-trust audits to help clients identify current or potential infringements and has devised compliance programmes to help prevent future infringements.

Prior to joining us, José was head of a leading US firm’s Brussels office and co-head of the firm’s European competition group.

José is the editor of the World Competition, Law and Economics Journal (Kluwer) and has written extensively on competition law. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is also a member of the Working Groups on Competition and State Aids Law of the European Confederation of Business Associations (Business Europe) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Competition Law Centre (Brussels).

José recently wrote an article for Kluwer's Competition Law blog: "Why does article 101(2) TFEU not list concerned practices"

José recently wrote an article for the Institute of Competition Law: "The EU Courts confirm that the nullity sanction of Article 101(2) TFEU does not apply to concerted practices (Artisjus)".

On 13 October 2015, Jose Rivas gave a presentation on Vertical Restraints and E-commerce at a conference organised by the Polish Competition Authority (UOKIK) in Warsaw.

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