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Kontosakou, Athena

Athena Kontosakou

Of Counsel

athenakontosakou@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +32 2 416 5012
Brussels
Fax: +32 2 416 5100

Athena is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Brussels office. She joined the firm in 2017. Athena provides legal advice on complex competition law issues. Her practice focuses on all aspects of European and Greek competition law, advising on antitrust, merger control and State aid law issues. Athena’s experience covers a range of industries including technology and telecommunications, financial services and energy. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Athena worked for several years as an associate in a leading antitrust practice. Athena has been named by W@Competition and PaRR to their 2017 “30 in Their 30s - Notable Women Competition Professionals in Their 30s” list. She also delivers guest lectures for L.LM students at Queen Mary University on various antitrust topics.

  • Slack
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • Nokia
  • State Grid Corporation of China
  • Syniverse
  • Piraeus Bank
  • Eurobank
  • DEPA
  • Counsel to Slack Technologies on the competition and merger clearance issues relating to the  $27.7 billion merger with Salesforce.
  • Counsel to Slack Technologies in its Article 102 complaint before the European Commission v Microsoft.
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in the European Commission “exclusivity payments” investigation (Case AT.40220) and the subsequent application for the annulment of the European Commission decision before the EU General Court (Case T-235/18 Qualcomm, Inc. v Commission).
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in the European Commission “predation” investigation (Case AT.39711) and the subsequent application for the annulment of the European Commission decision before the EU General Court (Case T-671/19 Qualcomm, Inc. v Commission).
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in various EU antitrust advisory matters, in respect both of chip supply and of intellectual property-related / licensing activities.
  • Counsel to Samsung in the European Commission standard essential patent investigation and settlement (Case AT.39939 Samsung – Enforcement of UMTS Standard Essential Patents).
  • Counsel to Nokia in defending against a complaint lodged by Google against Nokia, Microsoft and MOSAID Technologies.
  • Counsel to State Grid in its acquisition of joint control of the Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO).
  • Counsel to Piraeus Bank on the State aid aspects of its EUR 4.9 billion restructuring and recapitalization.
  • Counsel to Eurobank on the State aid aspects of its EUR 2.04 billion restructuring and its recapitalization.
  • University College London
  • (LL.M., Competition Law, with Distinction, 2010)
  • National Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • (LL.M., Business Law, Honours, 2008)
  • (LL.B., Ptychion, Honours, 2006)
  • Athens (Greece), Bar Association
  • Brussels (Belgium), E list
  • English
  • Greek
  • Shearman & Sterling:
    Associate, 2012-2017
  • W@Competition and PaRR “30 in Their 30s - Notable Women Competition Professionals in Their 30s” (2017/2018)