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Solange Leandro

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Ince & Co

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Aviation, EU law, competition and regulation, Regulatory, commercial and corporate, Energy, Shipping, Insurance & Reinsurance, Business & Finance


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 'excellent' practice at¬†Ince & Co¬†delivers strong expertise in the shipping and aviation sectors. Consultant¬†Alison Marriott¬†and associate¬†James Foley¬†successfully acted for Japanese shipping line NYK on EU proceedings concerning alleged ‚Äėpricing signaling‚Äô in the container shipping sector. ¬†On the aviation side,¬†Gillie Belsham¬†has been retained by Air New Zealand to advise on ongoing competition compliance work. Managing associate¬†Solange Leandro¬†is noted for her ‚Äėgreat experience and outstanding quality of work‚Äô. Clients of the practice outside of oil and shipping include RasGas and MSC Cruises.

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London: Transport


Within: Aviation

Ince & Co‚Äôs ‚Äėsolid, approachable and personable‚Äô team provides ‚Äėgood response times‚Äô and is praised for the ‚Äėtechnical quality of its advice.‚Äô It regularly handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, commercial and competition matters, and also houses a specialist aviation employment practice. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham¬†is a ‚Äėmassively experienced commercial litigator who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and hugely respected‚Äô and advised on a dispute involving a fire on an aircraft while it was parked at London Heathrow Airport. The team is noted for its strong Middle East practice and travel head Anna Anatolitou¬†advises Emirates on a range of regulatory matters, and advises flydubai on commercial and regulatory matters. The team is also instructed by numerous airlines on uninsured UK passenger claims, particularly in relation to boarding, flight delays, and cancellations. Global Aerospace, Sri Lankan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling and Bristow Helicopters are clients. Managing associate Solange Leandro¬†leads on competition work and Rebecca Thornley-Gibson¬†handles employment matters for aviation-sector clients. Annabel Williamson¬†is also a key member of the team, as is¬†senior associate Ben Bright-Wood, who both recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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