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Alexiadis, Mr Peter

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Peter is a UK solicitor and the Partner-in-Charge at the Brussels office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His practice is split between competition law, intellectual property law and EU communications policy. Peter’s competition practice focuses on merger control and joint ventures, actions under Article 102 TFEU, complaints under the EC Treaty's State aids rules, and vertical distribution and licensing practices (both before the European Commission and before national competition and regulatory authorities). He was senior competition counsel in the Vodafone/Airtouch, MCI/Sprint, Verizon/MCI, Epson/Sanyo, Seagate/Maxtor, Vivendi/Activision, Carlyle/Commscope, Watson Wyatt / Towers Perrin, Allianz/GEC, Helvetia/GEC, Schlumberger/First Reserve/Saxon Energy, and the ABB/PowerOne mergers, and was the briefing solicitor in the successful MCI v. EC Commission appeal. Peter has acted as external counsel to the Communications Unit of the European Commission's DG Competition in the period 1999-20002, and was also the Greek government's external legal advisor in its review of the Cosmote/Germanos merger. Peter’s communications practice spans all aspects of regulation, policy and competition law affecting the electronic communications sector, and is divided between advice for, and the defence of, private companies and counselling to government institutions regarding both policy development and enforcement strategy.

Peter lectures and writes regularly on issues of competition law and practice and communications policy, and is the EC Affairs editor of the European Intellectual Property Review and the Utilities Law Review. He was a visiting lecturer in communications law and competition policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, a guest lecturer in EU intellectual property law at the ULB, and has been the course coordinator for the LLM course on Competition Law & Regulated Industries at King's since 2007.

Research Interests

Peter has been the project leader in a number of landmark regulatory policy studies for the European Commission's DG Information Society which led to the creation of the current EU Telecoms Regulatory Framework, and was more recently the Study leader for the Commission Studies entitled "Impact of Institutional Issues in the Review of the EU Framework for Electronic Communications", "The Consistent Application of Regulatory Measures in the Area of Electronic Communications and Its Impact in the Internal Market" and "The Future of Next-Generation Access - An Analysis of Potential Remedies", all of which were taken into account by the European Commission in the context of its ongoing review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications in 2009. He often contributes to the regulatory policy papers produced by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).

Selected Publications
  • Co-author of “Structural Remedies under European Union Antitrust Rules”, in e-Competitions Bulletin, No2-2013, p.21.
  • Contributor to the CERRE study on "Regulatory stability and the challenges of re-regulating", published by the Centre on Regulation in Europe ("CERRE"), February 2013 (
  •  Author of "Balancing the Application of Ex Post and Ex Ante Disciplines under Community Law in Electronic Communications Markets: Square Pegs in Round Holes?" in Rights and Remedies in a Liberalised and Competitive Internal Market (edited by Eugène Buttigieg, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Malta), March 2012.
  •  Author of "Cartels in the utilities sector: An overview of EU and national case law" in eCompetitions Bulletin, No44484, 27 March 2012.
  •  Co-Author of "Free Market 1: Copyright 0 - UK Premier League Loses Away from Home" in Volume 18, Issue 6 of the Utilities Law Review, 2012.
  •  Co-author of “Enforcement Of EU Communications Regulation At The Crossroads: Satisfying The Doctrine Of ‘Taking The Utmost Account’ Through The Use Of The Concept Of ‘Ignoring In Its Entirety’” in Volume 18, Issue 5 of the Utilities Law Review, 2011.
  •  Co-Author of “The European NGA Recommendation: The Banal, the Controversial and the Inconclusive” in Intermedia by IIC, 2010.
  •  Author of “Next Generation Access: Italy Experiments with a Joint Investment Model” in Utilities Law Review, Volume 18 Issue 1, 2010.
  •  Co-Author of “Regulation and Competition Law in Telecommunications and Other Network Industries” in The Oxford Handbook on Regulation, 2010.
  •  Author of “Will IP Law Changes Bring Harmony or Greater Obstacles?”, Inside The Minds, 2010
  •  Co-Author of “The Future of Telecommunications Regulation”, IIC Yearbook, 2009.
  •  Co-Author of “Diverging but Increasingly Converging: The U.S. Supreme Court in linkLine – A European Perspective” in the online magazine for Global Competition Policy, April 2009.
  •  Alexiadis, P., "Informative and Interesting": The CFI Rules in Deutsche Telekom v. European Commission, (2008) The online magazine for Global Competition Policy (GCP)
  •  Alexiadis, P. Shortall, A., Diverging but Increasingly Converging: The U.S. Supreme Court in linkLine—A European Perspective, (2009), The online magazine for Global Competition Policy (GCP)


  • Competition Law & Regulated Network Industries
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