Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan | EU and Competition | Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • 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.  His practice focuses on all aspects of competition law including:

  • Investigations and dawn raids by the European Commission and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)
  • Competition law litigation
  • Securing EU and Irish merger control approval for transactions
  • Competition law aspects of commercial agreements
  • Competition law compliance programmes
  • EU State aid law
  • Regulated markets
  • Sectoral studies by regulators
  • Antitrust law
  • Compliance and regulation

Richard has significant sectoral experience, including in banking and financial services, aviation, energy, health, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, agriculture, building materials, real estate, waste, broadcasting, telecommunications, news and media and information technology.

He combines strong commercial awareness with a solution-focused approach.  His priority is to understand his client’s business and how its industry operates and deliver practical solutions that achieve its commercial objectives.  He has been involved in many of the leading competition, merger control and State aid cases in Ireland in recent years.


  • Advising Irish Cement Limited (ICL) on defending a competition law investigation by the CCPC, which was launched by a dawn raid at the premises of ICL in May 2015 and advising CRH plc and ICL on a High Court challenge to the scope of documentation seized by the CCPC during the dawn raid.
  • Advising Paddy Power plc on securing merger control approval of its merger with Betfair Group plc.
  • Advising the Department of Finance of Ireland and the National Treasury Management Agency on State aid, competition and merger control issues arising in relation to the support measures taken by Ireland in the banking sector since September 2008 in response to the financial crisis, including the State bank guarantee schemes, the recapitalisations of banks, the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to acquire and manage impaired assets of banks, bank mergers, the reorganisation of the Irish banking sector and the restructuring of banks.
  • Advising the Central Bank of Ireland on State aid and competition law issues arising in relation to proposals for the reorganisation of the credit union sector in Ireland and on obtaining Court Orders to transfer credit unions for financial stability purposes.
  • Advising a multinational group on defending a European Commission investigation into alleged predatory pricing.
  • Advising Beef Industry Development Society Limited before the High Court of Ireland, the Supreme Court of Ireland and the European Court of Justice in a legal challenge taken by the CCPC of a proposed rationalisation scheme for the beef processing 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
  • Treasurer (2009 to 2012) and member of the Irish Society for European Law
  • Chairman of the Competition Law Forum (2010 to 2014)
  • Irish Centre for European Law
  • European Lawyers’ Union
  • American Bar Association