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Tim Cowen

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International antitrust/competition practice.


Tim Cowen focuses on EU and UK competition law and EU regulatory law. Tim has handled competition and regulatory matters for over 28 years. He formerly served as general counsel for BT’s international businesses, and as chief counsel competition law and public policy for BT Group. Tim has particular experience providing antitrust counseling to technology firms, including on competition issues related to cloud computing and the European Union’s Digital Agenda. He also advises on abuse of dominance disputes and represents clients in antitrust litigation. He has handled cases before the EU Commission and the domestic regulators and courts in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. Tim was awarded the title of ‘Distinguished Visiting Fellow’ at the European Business School in London and is a visiting professor at the City of London Law School and a guest lecturer in law and technology at Imperial College Business School. Tim is a panel member for the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal; founder of The Open Computing Alliance; past chairman of the competition panel, Confederation of British Industry; past chairman at the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management; and board member of the International Institute of Communications.


Qualified as barrister 1985. General Counsel BT International then partner Sidley LLP. Publications of note: ‘Justice Delayed is Justice Denied’, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Nov 2010.


UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (panel member); the Open Computing Alliance (founder); Competition Panel, Confederation of British Industry (past chairman); Competition Panel, International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (past chairman).


Inns of Court School of Law (1985 LLM).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'very professional, intelligent and trustworthy' telecoms practice at boutique firm PREISKEL & CO LLP offers 'excellent service' particularly on regulatory and stategic matters. Practice head Daniel Preiskel and co-founder of the firm Ronnie Preiskel are highlighted as having 'exceptional commercial awareness and industry knowledge'. The team advises key names in the telecoms sector on cross-border issues, in addition to being instructed by government bodies on legislative matters. Tim Cowen and Jose Saras are also singled out in this area.

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