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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 litigation, merger control, competition aspects of commercial agreements and behaviour, EU State aid law, competition compliance programmes, leniency applications, complaints and sectoral studies by regulators. He has been involved in a large proportion of the leading antitrust, merger control and State aid cases in Ireland over many years.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising Irish Cement Limited (ICL) on a CCPC investigation into bagged cement and 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 on a European Commission investigation into motor insurance in Ireland, including advising on a dawn raid. Advising the client on a separate CCPC investigation into motor insurance.
  • Advising MCD Productions on a CCPC investigation into event ticketing in Ireland
  • Advising LN-Gaiety Holdings Limited (a JV between Live Nation and Gaiety Investments) on securing Irish merger control clearance of its proposed acquisition of MCD Productions
  • Advising Sports Direct on securing Irish merger control clearance in respect of its acquisition of House of Fraser
  • Advising Sky Betting and Gaming Group on securing Irish merger control clearance for its €4.7 billion acquisition by The Stars Group, Inc
  • Advising Greenergy International on securing EU merger control clearance of its acquisition of Inver Energy
  • Advising the Department of Finance from State aid and competition law perspectives on the establishment and operation of Home Building Finance Ireland, one of the Government’s key initiatives in response to the housing shortage
  • 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


+353 1 920 1240

Ten Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 T380

  • 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
  • Member of Law Society of Ireland
  • Member of Irish Society for European Law
  • Member of Irish Centre for European Law
  • Member of Association of European Lawyers
  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Member of International Bar Association

Richard Ryan “has a good commercial approach to competition analysis.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2019

Richard Ryan “has always been helpful in devising solutions to any roadblock.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019

Practice head Richard Ryan is “a strategic thinker.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018

Department head Richard Ryan is “very pragmatic and measured in his response.”
Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018

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