Vincent Power, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Dr. Vincent Power

Dr Vincent Power is a Partner specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, regulatory law and transport law. He is Head of the Firm's EU, Competition & Procurement Group which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms. 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 which is awarded by The International Law Office in recognition of a partner who excels across the full spectrum of client service.

An award winning lawyer, Vincent has advised on most of the leading competition, merger control, EU, cartel, State aid and related litigation cases as well as cartel immunity applications in Ireland for over 20 years including the major takeovers, (EU and Irish Phase I and II cases), investigations, court cases and studies. He has been involved in over 400 merger filings in Ireland and the EU. Examples include the sale by Telefonica of 02 Ireland to Hutchison Whampoa, the purchase of Beamish & Crawford by Heineken, the sale of businesses by UDG to McKesson, the State aid decisions relating to Bank of Ireland, EBS, Permanent Tsb, Ryanair and Irish Steel as well as a range of sensitive competition cases. He advises both national and multinational clients as well as public and private clients in almost every economic sector.

Market Recommendations

  • "International Thought Leader in Competition." (Who's Who Legal 2018)
  • "He is synonymous with competition." (Chambers Europe 2017)
  • "Leader in his field and the master of explaining complex competition issues in a really easy, client-friendly, intelligible way." (Chambers Europe 2016)
  • "One of Ireland’s most experienced competition lawyers." (Global Competition Review 2016)
  • "One of the market's standout practitioners, combines superlative legal knowledge with a deep strategic mind; he is innovative in the way he gives advice." (Chambers Europe 2014)


  • BCL, University College Cork, 1984 (College Scholar and First Distinguished Law Alumnus)
  • BL, King’s Inns Dublin, 1987
  • LLM, University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, 1985 (Evan Lewis Thomas Law Student)
  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2002
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1993

Professional activities

He is the author or editor of seven books including "Competition Law and Practice", "Irish Competition Law" and the award-winning "EC Shipping Law". He has been invited to speak on EU, competition and transport matters in over 20 countries. He has a Master's Degree and a Doctorate from Cambridge University and was the first ever Law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from University College Cork where he graduated with a BCL. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Cork and Visiting Professor of EU Law at Dalhousie University in Canada. He lectures at the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the board of directors of the Irish Centre for Europe Law at Trinity College Dublin and Portius, the international ports law body. He has chaired, been a member of and advised four governmental commissions or bodies. He is the former Chairperson of the Irish Society of European Law. Vincent has also been appointed as the Comité Maritime International's EU Shipping Law Rapporteur. Vincent won the "Irish Commercial Lawyer of the Year" at the inaugural Irish Law Awards.

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Bigwig Vincent of Ireland’s most experienced competition lawyers

(GCR Ireland Survey)