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Solange Leandro

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Managing Associate


Solange is a Managing Associate with the EU and Competition Law team. She specialises in EU and competition law and advises on a wide range of competition law issues from competition law compliance of commercial agreements, joint ventures and business practices (including EU compliance training), to cartel defence, merger advice, regulatory matters, state aid and public procurement. Solange has significant experienced in EU litigation before the European Commission and National Competition Authorities, particularly in cartel proceedings and actions for damages in cartel cases.

Solange has also acquired particular expertise in dealing with competition law issues in the aviation and maritime sectors as well as relevant expertise in the energy and insurance sectors.

Solange is qualified both as a Solicitor of England and Wales and as Lawyer with the Portuguese Bar Association. She is also a member of the European Air Law Association and the European Maritime Law Organisation. Solange is an appointed Air law instructor (“EU Antitrust / Competition law courses) for the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI).

She holds a LL.M in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and a law degree from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), which included an Erasmus exchange programme with the University of Poitiers (France). 

Solange has published several articles on EU competition law matters. She has also been co-editing the UK/EU competition section of Shawcross and Beaumont: Air Law, Butterworths (LexisNexis). She has co-authored the chapter 'Cooperative Agreements in the Aviation Sector and EU Competition Law', From Lowlands to High Skies: A Multilevel Jurisdictional Approach Towards Air law, Essays in Honour of John Balfour, Martinus Nijhoff (15 Oct 2013 and the article 'State Aid in The Airline Sector: a change in focus' (co-authored with John Balfour) EStAL 2/2011. She contributed to the Portuguese edition of a Commentary to the Lisbon Treaty ‘Tratado de Lisboa Anotado e Comentado, Comentarista, Edição 2012, Almedina’.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The β€˜excellent’ practice at Ince & Co delivers strong expertise in the shipping sector, and has strengths in the aviation, transport and energy sectors. Practice head Philip Ruttley led the team acting for NYK in respect of the long-running European Commission investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector and, together with managing associate Solange Leandro, continues to provide compliance advice to Air New Zealand. Alison Marriott joined the team from Simmons & Simmons as a consultant.

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London: Transport


Within: Aviation

Ince & Co’s β€˜excellent team’ is β€˜thoroughly trusted by clients, particularly the insurers’, and is praised for its β€˜responsive’ and β€˜tailored service’. It handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, employment, commercial contracts and competition mandates. The team is retained by several major airlines, including Ryanair and Vueling Airlines, on UK passenger claims. Bristow Helicopters, flydubai, Emirates and are also clients. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham is β€˜masterful, tactically astute and commercially savvy’. She is ably assisted by Anna Anatolitou, who advises on aviation disputes, regulatory and commercial matters, has a strong Middle East practice; and Philippe Ruttley and managing associate Solange Leandro, who handle aviation-related competition matters. Consultant Chris Walsh is also recommended. Employment specialist Rebecca Thornley-Gibson joined from asb law LLP in 2016.

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