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 CRH plc on a CCPC investigation into bagged cement and 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, 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 European Commission and CCPC investigations into motor insurance in Ireland.
  • Advising Flutter Entertainment plc on Irish merger control aspects of its €12 billion merger with The Stars Group, Inc
  • Advising LN-Gaiety Holdings (a JV between Live Nation and Gaiety Investments) on Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of MCD Productions
  • Advising Green REIT on Irish merger control aspects of its €1.3 billion acquisition by Henderson Park
  • Advising Covivio S.A. on EU merger control aspects of its acquisition of the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel
  • Advising Sports Direct on Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of House of Fraser
  • Advising the Department of Finance on the establishment and operation of Home Building Finance Ireland, one of the key initiatives in response to the housing shortage
  • Advising the Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency on 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), the reorganisation of the Irish banking sector and the restructuring of the banks


“I can’t speak highly enough of Richard Ryan. The support and advice Richard and his team provided was critical.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2023

“He is an excellent lawyer, pragmatic, responsive and committed to delivering and getting the right result for his client. His dedication to the task at hand is second to none.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2023

Richard Ryan is an “excellent lawyer, very personable, exudes decency. Very responsive and engaging relationship partner. The best in the country for competition law advice, extremely knowledgeable and always contextualises his advice appropriately. Very high level of service.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2022

Richard Ryan “combines a calm demeanour with excellent practical and legal knowledge in his practice area.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2022

Education & Qualifications

  • 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