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Alan McCarthy

Alan McCarthy



  • Brexit
  • Commercial & Technology
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • EU, Competition & Procurement

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Alan McCarthy is a Partner in EU, Competition & Procurement Group. Alan has represented clients in a range of sectors including telecommunications, aviation, banking, insurance, healthcare, food, beverages and petroleum before the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and the European Commission.

He specialises in advice on the competition law implications of mergers and joint ventures. He has advised on many of the recent mergers notified to the CCPC (including mergers that have been investigated in Phase 2 of the CCPC's merger procedures) and on mergers notified to the European Commission.

Alan also specialises in advice on competition law enforcement issues (such as leniency applications, dawn raids, compliance programmes and competition law litigation) as well as complaints to the CCPC and the European Commission. Alan also advises on EU competition law follow-on damages actions in the Irish Courts. He has significant sectoral regulatory experience, particularly in the telecommunications and energy sectors in Ireland. In addition, he advises on a wide range of other EU law matters such as State aid.

Bar Admissions

Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association


Alan studied law at Trinity College Dublin and international relations at the University of Amsterdam.

Areas of Practice

Brexit | Commercial & Technology | Energy & Natural Resources | EU, Competition & Procurement | Food, Drink & Agri | Investing in Ireland | Regulatory Risk & Investigations | White Collar Crime


Ireland In a No Brexit Deal Scenario - What Measures is The EU Proposing For Financial Services, Air Transport, Road Haulage and Customs?
A&L Goodbody, January 2019

Background The UK invoked the exit procedure under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union in March 2017. Unless the UK's decision is withdrawn or the period is extended, this will become effective in a little over 80 days...

Protection of Geographical Indications of Spirit Drinks Under EU Law
A&L Goodbody, July 2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CoJ) handed down an important judgment last week on the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks in a preliminary ruling under Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) v Michael Klotz (Case C-44/17)). Facts: Mr Klotz markets a whisky under the designation ‘Glen Buchenbach’, which is produced by a distillery located in Berglen in the Buchenbach valley in Germany...

Additional Articles

He regularly writes and lectures on competition law matters. Alan specialises in advice on the competition implications of mergers and joint ventures as well as competition law enforcement and regulatory law.


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A&L Goodbody 

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