Sean-Paul Brankin is a partner in the firm's Brussels office and a member of Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group. Sean-Paul focuses his practice on issues involving EU and U.K. antitrust law, including merger control and counseling.
Among others, Sean-Paul has extensive experience counseling clients on the IP/antitrust interface and dominance issues across the range of their activities. He has been involved in contentious matters before the European Commission and U.K. authorities and has litigated cases before the European Community courts, the Competition Appeals Tribunal in the U.K., and national courts in the U.K. and elsewhere. Sean-Paul has significant experience working with clients in a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and FMCG, chemicals, video games, and financial services. He also has experience advising gambling operators on French, U.K., and European competition law and on strategies to use competition law as a means for opening up local markets.
Sean-Paul received a first class law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia in 1992. He taught U.K. constitutional and administrative law at Kings College London during the academic year of 1993/1994. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Sean-Paul was a Legal Director at the U.K. Office of Fair Trading where he headed the competition team in the OFT's legal and policy unit and acted as the OFT's lead adviser on U.K. mergers, with cases including BSkyB/ITV, NASDAQ/LSE and BA/Flybe. Prior to joining the OFT, Sean-Paul worked from 1994 in private practise advising on EU and U.K. antitrust law for Lovells in London and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels and Paris.