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Vincent J. Power

Vincent J. Power


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Vincent Power specialises in EU and Irish competition, and transport law. He is Head of A&L Goodbody's EU & Competition Unit which has been consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms for over a decade. In 2004 the Unit was involved in 40% of the mergers before the Irish Competition Authority.

He has been involved in most of the significant competition and State aid cases in Ireland including the major take-overs, investigations, court cases and studies. He advises both national and multinational clients as well as public and private bodies. He regularly advises clients in sectors as diverse as aviation, banking, computers, drinks, food, insurance, professional services and shipping.

Vincent has been recommended by Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, The Legal 500, European Legal Experts, Who's Who of Competition Lawyers, Life Sciences Handbook, Chambers Client Report and named in Who's Who in Irish Business. He has been described by these publications as an "acknowledged guru" with an "encyclopaedic knowledge"; a "gifted lawyer" and has a "great record in competition work".

He is the author or editor of six books including Competition Law and Practice, Irish Competition Law and the award-winning EC Shipping Law. He has a master's and a doctorate from Cambridge University and was the first ever law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumunus award from University College Cork.


Vincent holds a BCL (National University of Ireland) as well as an LLM and PhD (University of Cambridge where he was an Evan Lewis Thomas Law Student).
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Vincent regularly writes on EU, competition and regulatory matters for a wide range of publications. He is the author of "EU Shipping Law", which won the Albert Lilar Prize from the Comite Maritime International for the leading work on maritime law published in any language in the world during the previous five years; the 1900-page "Competition Law and Practice" which is widely regarded as the definitive book on Irish Competition law and European Law; and Editor of "Setup a Business". He is regularly listed as a leading practitioner in his field in various guides to lawyers internationally.


Vincent lectured in Law at the National University of Ireland (1985-89) and the Smurfit Graduate School of Business (1989-90). He is a visiting Professor of EU Business Law at the Netherlands Business School at the University of Nyenrode.
He has been invited to speak at conferences in over a dozen countries worldwide.

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