Dr Vincent Power, partner, specialises in advising, advocating and litigating on EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, merger control, regulatory/administrative law, transport law and EU commercial issues for public and private clients nationally and internationally.
Head of the firm's EU, Competition & Procurement Group which won the “Competition Team of the Year” at the European Lawyer Awards in London in November 2022. Regularly recognised as the most experienced EU/competition lawyer practising in Ireland.
Vincent won the ILO Client Choice Award for the category of "EU Competition and Antitrust" across the EU and he has won the same award for Ireland three times – these awards are made by The International Law Office in recognition of a partner who excels across the full spectrum of client service. He is listed in the first rank of all the directories for lawyers in his fields of expertise.
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, dawn raids, Competition Authority / CCPC and competition litigation cases in Ireland over the last 30 years including recent multi-billion euro M&A deals. He has been involved in several hundred merger filings in Ireland and the EU and has experience and expertise in all the issues involved. He is the current Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation.
Has led some of the most complex and involved commercial deals and competition investigations securing competition clearances at both EU and Irish levels.
Areas of Expertise
"Vincent Power is very wise, strategic and cares immensely about his clients." (Chambers Europe 2023)
"The time he takes to get to understand issues better is incredible, he is not afraid to push back on me or my team. I have built up a high level of trust with Vincent and the advice he brings to my business." (Chambers Europe 2022)
"Strong industry knowledge and ability to provide a holistic perspective". (Chambers Europe 2021)
"Highly respected figure in the market with substantial experience...knows everything there is to know about competition law, both Irish and European. He thinks of all the angles and is not only knowledgeable but also strategic and practical...client-focused approach." (Chambers Europe 2018)
Author or editor of seven books including "Competition Law and Practice", "Irish Competition Law" and the award-winning "EU Shipping Law". Invited to speak on EU, competition, transport and legal matters in over 20 countries worldwide.
Master's Degree and a Doctorate from Cambridge University. First ever Law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from University College Cork where he graduated with a BCL. Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Cork. Visiting Professor of EU Law at Dalhousie University in Canada. Lectures at the Law Society of Ireland.
Member of the board of directors of the Irish Centre for Europe Law at Trinity College Dublin. Chaired, member and advisor to four Irish governmental commissions or bodies. Vice-President and former Chairperson of the Irish Society of European Law. Comité Maritime International's EU Shipping Law Rapporteur. National rapporteur for several journals and member of editorial board of various journals. Vincent won the "Irish Commercial Lawyer of the Year" at the inaugural Irish Law Awards.
- PhD, University of Cambridge
- BL, King’s Inns Dublin
- LLM, University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, (Evan Lewis Thomas Law Student)
- BCL, University College Cork, (College Scholar and First Distinguished Law Alumnus)
- Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland