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Vincent Power

Vincent Power



  • Brexit
  • Commercial & Technology
  • Commercial Contracts
  • EU, Competition & Procurement

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

EU, Competition & Procurement
Antitrust Group
IBA Group
Shipping Group
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Dr Vincent Power is a Partner specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, merger control, regulatory law and transport law for national and international as well as public and private clients.

He is Head of the Firm's EU, Competition & Procurement Group which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms and he is seen as the most experienced competition lawyer practising in Ireland.

In 2017, he won the ILO Client Choice Award for the category of "EU Competition and Antitrust" across the entire 28 Member State European Union and in 2018, he won the same award for Ireland – these awards are made by The International Law Office in recognition of a partner who excels across the full spectrum of client service. In 2019, he was elected Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation.

Vincent has advised on most of the leading competition, merger control, EU law, cartel, abuse of dominance, State aid, joint venture, pricing, refusal to supply, competition investigations, Competition Authority / CCPC and competition litigation cases in Ireland over the last 20 years. He has been involved in several hundred merger filings in Ireland and the EU and has experience and expertise in all of the issues involved. He has developed a particular expertise in regard to Brexit Law.

He is Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation.

Bar Admissions

Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Bar Association


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).
Areas of Practice

Brexit | Commercial & Technology | Commercial Contracts | EU, Competition & Procurement | Finance | Food, Drink & Agri | Regulatory Risk & Investigations | Telecoms | White Collar Crime

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association


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.


COVID-19, Shipping and Ports: EU Shipping Law Aspects
A&L Goodbody, June 2020

A&L Goodbody's Dr Vincent Power writes why the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis demonstrates why an international convention is needed to deal with various aspects of shipping (including the repatriation of crew and passengers) in the event of another pandemic or epidemic. Go to publication For more information on this topic please contact Dr Vincent Power, Partner or any member of A&L Goodbody's EU, Competition & Procurement team...

The Shipping Law Review 2018 - Ireland
A&L Goodbody, August 2018

I COMMERCIAL OVERVIEW OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY With Ireland having the European Union’s third-largest ocean area, the Irish government plans to double the state’s ocean wealth by 2030 and, in the interim, make Ireland an attractive location for international shipping activities. The changes brought about by Brexit may help to enhance Ireland’s position further in the maritime sphere...

Eight Recent Developments in Irish Competition / Antitrust Law
A&L Goodbody, April 2018

Increase in merger and acquisition deals notified in Ireland In recent months there has been 27 merger deals notified to Ireland's Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ("CCPC") which is up 42% from the 19 notifications as of the same date last year.This increase is following a pattern of sustained increases, for example, there had been 72 notifications across the whole of 2017 which was an increase on 2016's total of 67...

Additional Articles

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.


Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog
A&L Goodbody 

A&L Goodbody is an Irish law firm providing expert legal advice across every aspect of business law. The Firm advises a broad domestic and international client base in both the private and public sectors, across the island of Ireland.

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