Alan McCarthy, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Alan McCarthy

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 Irish Competition Authority 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 Irish Competition Authority (including mergers that have been investigated in Phase 2 of the Irish Competition Authority'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 Irish Competition Authority 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.

Market Recommendations

  • "Very responsive... great breadth and depth of experience." (Chambers Europe 2017)
  • "Absolute expert on merger control" and "really knows his way around competition law." (Chambers Europe 2016)
  • "Gives tailored advice...clear about what should be done and how to approach it. He is very good at structuring arguments in the most positive and compelling fashion." (Chambers Europe 2014)
  • "Just excellent, and as a practitioner who has breadth of knowledge, gets to the issue quickly and is pragmatic and easy to deal with.” (Chambers Europe 2013)


  • MA, Europa Institute at the University of Amsterdam, 1992
  • BL, King's Inns Dublin, 1993
  • LLB, Trinity College Dublin, 1998
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2003

Professional activities

He regularly lectures on competition law matters both in Ireland and abroad and is co-author of the leading Irish competition law text book "Irish Competition Law: Competition Act, 2002".

Alan McCarthy

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An outstanding, straightforward, pragmatic adviser

(Chambers Europe 2012)