Serge Durande

Of Counsel, Brussels Belgium/Bird & Bird France


Serge's competition law expertise is second to none, with a particular focus on financial services, transport related issues and research & development

Serge is Of Counsel in our Competition & EU Group, based in Brussels.

His practice focuses on R&D state aid cases; cases involving state aid granted to the financial and aviation sectors; Article 101/102 cases in transport infrastructures and in the computer industry; and cases at the intersection of competition law and IP law.

He has conducted an Expert Report for the World Bank about due process in competition cases. He has also been appointed as the Project Manager for an important European Commission study on the impact of EU state aid rules on R&D. The aim of the study, which will run over a period of two years, is to determine whether the EU state aid rules on R&D are overly restrictive and should be amended in order to improve the competitiveness of European companies and avoid the delocalisation of R&D to non-EU countries.

Serge is qualified in law and history of social law and facts (Paris II; Panthéon). He became a lawyer in 2008 after a career of 26 years in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. For six years he also worked directly with Commissioners Mario Monti and subsequently Neelie Kroes, with the ranking of Director, as a Hearing Officer.

Serge joined the Commission as an inspector (including five years' involvement in dawn raids), and held six different roles in the Directorate General for Competition between 1975 and 2001. In particular, he was Head of Unit in the Antitrust Directorates (during a period when a number of landmark decisions were taken, under his supervision, in the areas of aviation, maritime and financial services) and Head of the State Aid to Research & Development Unit.

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