Richard Ryan

  • Richard Ryan
  • +353 1 920 1240
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Richard is Head of the Competition and Regulated Markets Group. He is admitted to practice in Ireland and New York. He advises on all aspects of EU and Irish competition / antitrust law including:

  • Investigations and dawn raids by the European Commission and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)
  • Competition law litigation, including disputes with regulators and damages actions
  • Securing EU and Irish merger control approval for mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Competition aspects of commercial agreements
  • Dominance
  • Complaints to the European Commission and the CCPC
  • Leniency applications
  • EU State aid law
  • Competition law compliance programmes, internal audits, training and dawn raid preparedness
  • Regulated markets
  • Sectoral studies by regulators

Richard has significant sectoral experience, including in banking and financial services, insurance, energy, health, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, agriculture, building materials, real estate, waste, broadcasting, telecommunications, news and media and information technology. He has been involved in a large proportion of the leading competition, merger control and State aid cases in Ireland in recent years.


  • Advising Irish Cement Limited (ICL) on an investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) into bagged cement.
  • Advising CRH plc and ICL on a successful challenge before the High Court and the Supreme Court to the scope of documents seized by the CCPC during a dawn raid at ICL, which resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision on the scope of dawn raid powers.
  • Advising Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks on defending follow-on actions for damages in Ireland arising from the European Commission’ s decision to fine truck manufacturers €2.93 billion for participating in a cartel.
  • Advising a client involved in a European Commission investigation into the private motor insurance sector in Ireland, including advising on a dawn raid at its premises. Advising the client on a separate CCPC investigation into the sector.
  • Advising a client involved in a CCPC investigation into the event ticketing sector in Ireland.
  • Advising Greenergy International on securing EU merger control clearance of its acquisition of Inver Energy.
  • Advising Kennedy Wilson Holdings Inc. on securing Irish merger control clearance of its €1.6 billion acquisition of Kennedy Wilson Read Estate Europe plc.
  • Advising RTÉ on securing Irish merger control clearance for the formation of a media joint venture with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to commercialise the international digital media rights to gaelic games.
  • Advising Paddy Power plc on securing Irish merger control clearance for its €10 billion merger with Betfair Group plc.
  • Advising the Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency on State aid, competition and merger control issues arising in relation to the bank support measures taken by Ireland in response to the financial crisis, including the bank guarantee schemes, the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank, bank recapitalisations, bank mergers, the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the reorganisation of the Irish banking sector and the restructuring of the banks concerned.
  • Advising the Central Bank of Ireland on State aid and competition law issues arising in relation to measures to reorganise the credit union sector in Ireland for financial stability purposes, including advising on High Court applications to merge certain credit unions for financial stability purposes.
  • Advising Beef Industry Development Society Limited before the High Court of Ireland, the Supreme Court or Ireland and the European Court of Justice in a legal challenge taken by the CCPC of a proposed rationalisation scheme for the beef processiong sector in Ireland.


  • LL B, 1998, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Diploma in Applied Finance Law, 2003, Law Society of Ireland
  • Diploma in Economics for Competition Law, 2008, King’s College London
  • Admitted as an Attorney in New York, 2000
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, 2003
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Irish Society for European Law
  • Irish Centre for European Law
  • Association of European Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association