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Peter Alexiadis
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Peter Alexiadis is a partner in the Brussels office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the Firm's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group. He has practised Community law in Brussels since 1989, where his practice is split between competition law, communications policy, and intellectual property law. He is the holder of postgraduate legal qualifications from the University of London, Sydney and Thessaloniki, and he is a member of Bars of England and Wales, New South Wales (Australia), and Brussels (B List).
Mr. Alexiadis' competition practice focuses on merger control and joint ventures, actions under Article 82 EC, complaint 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 has acted as senior competition counsel in the Vodafone/Airtouch, MCI WorldCom/Sprint, Verizon/MCI and Seagate/Maxtor mergers, and has been the briefing solicitor in the successful MCI vs. EC Commission appeal. He was the EETT's external legal advisor in its review of the recently approved Cosmote/Germanos merger.
His intellectual property practice consists primarily in advising clients on the interface between intellectual property rights protection and competition law, especially as regards to innovative products and services. He was one of a handful of European law experts to be invited by the United States' DoJ and FTC in May 2002 to give testimony on Hearings on "The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Interface" in Washington DC.
His 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. He has particular expertise in market definition and market power assessment under the new EU regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, with extensive experience in advising both operators and regulators on market definition and market power issues under the new regulatory framework. He has been the project leader in a number of landmark regulatory policy studies for the European Commission's DG Information Society, and has also served as an external counsel to the Communications Unit at DG Competition for three years (1999 – 2002). He is currently the Study leader for a major Commission Study entitled "Impact of Institutional Issues in the Review of the EU Framework for Electronic Communications", which will be considered by the Commission in the context of its ongoing review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications.
Mr. Alexiadis 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 is a visiting lecturer in communications law and competition policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and at the Technical University of Vienna, and also lectures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on intellectual property issues. As of September 2007, he will be course coordinator for the LLM course on "Regulated Industries" at King's College in London. The following are some of the articles authored by Mr. Alexiadis regarding communication sector issues:

  • Author of "A Tale of Two Cities : The H3G Judicial Reviews in the UK and Ireland - Unwelcome Implications for the EU's Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications", UK Competition Law Journal, volume 5, June 2006.
  • Co-author of "Competizione tra piatta forme", Beltel, 2005.
  • Author of "Key legal issues under the new EU regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services", in "La Constituzion del mercato delle telecommunicazioni fisse e mobile", Rubbetino, 2005.
  • Co-author of "Competition Scrutiny of Media and Broadcasting", Global Competition Review's European Antitrust Review, 2005.
  • Co-author of "Revisiting Competition Law and Regulatory Analyses of Consolidations in the Communications Sector", Financier Worldwide, July, 2004.
  • Co-author of "The Application of the Concept of Technology Neutrality Under the New ECNS Regulatory Framework", ECTA Review, 2004.
  • Author of "New Regulatory Framework: New Way of Thinking", Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Media and Telecommunication Lawyers, 2003.
  • Co-author of "Dealing with Dominance", the Australia and New Zealand Chapter, Kluwer Law International, 2004.

Mr. Alexiadis is widely acknowledged in the professional press as a leader in his field in both competition law and communications law, having been included among The American Lawyer's "Star Laterals of the Year" for 2003 when he joined Gibson Dunn, and having been named as one of the leading communications and competition law practitioners in Belgium and the European Union by peer group publications such as Chambers, Global Counsel, European Legal Experts and Who's Who for well over a decade.

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