Overview

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

José is a partner in our Competition & EU Law practice group, based in Brussels, where he has been practising since 1987.

His practice covers all aspects of competition and EU law including articles 101 and 102 TFEU, state aid, merger control and public procurement. José has extensive experience of representing leading US, Japanese and European clients across a broad range of industries, including aviation, ICT, media, retail, sports, food & beverages and the interface between IP and competition.

José also has extensive litigation experience before the European Courts in Luxembourg, having represented clients in almost 100 cases, including three in the “Grand Chamber” of the European Court of Justice.

José has represented clients under investigation, obtained phase I and phase II merger control clearance and filed complaints with the European Commission and other national competition authorities. He regularly organises anti-trust audits to help identify current or potential infringements and devises compliance programmes to help prevent future infringements. José obtained the first amicus curiae intervention of the EU Commission before the Spanish Supreme Court.

Prior to joining us in 2009, José was head of a leading US firm’s Brussels office and was head and co-head of the firm’s European competition group for a total of nine years.

José is the Editor of the World Competition, Law and Economics Journal (Kluwer), has written extensively on competition law 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). He is a visiting professor on Competition Law and State Aid at the College of Europe (Natolin campus).

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Bird & Bird’s ‘business-savvy and efficient’ group includes José Rivas with ‘great knowledge and experience’."

    Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  2. Clients value that Jose "grasps problems in a very efficient and quick manner, driving things in-house and following up in an intelligent way."

    Chambers Europe 2017
  3. Impressed clients consider José Rivas to be an "extremely thoughtful lawyer and adviser."

    Chambers Europe 2015