Sean-Paul Brankin

 Partner Brussels
Phone: +
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000

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 UK 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 UK authorities and has litigated cases before the European Community courts, the Competition Appeals Tribunal in the UK and national courts in the UK 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, UK, 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 UK 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 UK 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 UK 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 UK antitrust law for Lovells in London and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels and Paris.

Sean-Paul is a regular speaker on competition matters.

Sean-Paul is recommended by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, and Legal 500 EU & Global in competition law, consistently cited as “creative and strategic,” and having “excellent knowledge of competition law and the ability to quickly identify the key points and advise accordingly.”


Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales; not admitted in Brussels.

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In the News

  • Crowell Bets on Belgian Experience
    February 10, 2015 — Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • EU Merger Control Reforms To Slash Costs For More Deals
    March 28, 2013 — Law360
  • French Banking Merger Receives EU Clearance
    February 25, 2009 — Global Competition Review
  • Kroes Addresses Parliament on Banking Crisis
    October 7, 2008 — Global Competition Review

Firm News & Announcements

Feb.22.2019 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Listed as "Highly Recommended" in Global Competition Review's 19th Annual "GCR 100"
Jun.27.2018 Crowell & Moring Awarded The Deal’s 'Most Innovative Deal of the Year' and the Association for Corporate Growth and the M&A Advisor’s 'Deal of the Year'
Apr.25.2018 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Three Individuals
Mar.23.2018 Chambers Ranks Eight Lawyers and Six Practice Groups in 2018 Global Guide
Mar.13.2018 Chambers Ranks Six Lawyers and Six Practice Groups Among Best in 2018 Europe Guide
May.23.2017 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises R3 in Largest Ever Investment in Distributed Ledger Technology
May.11.2017 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 12 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Leading Individuals List
Apr.24.2017 Chambers Ranks Five Lawyers and Six Practice Groups Among Best in Belgium in 2017 Europe Guide
Mar.22.2017 Chambers Ranks Nine Lawyers and Five Practice Groups in 2017 Global Guide
May.05.2016 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Elite List
May.01.2016 Chambers Europe Ranks Six Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Four Leading Practice Areas Among Best in Belgium
Mar.24.2016 Chambers Ranks Nine Attorneys and Four Groups in 2016 Global Guide
Apr.08.2015 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas and Names Four Lawyers to Elite List
Apr.01.2013 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas and Names Three Attorneys to Elite List
Jan.26.2012 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes 22 Attorneys to Counsel Positions
Oct.05.2011 Crowell & Moring Consumer Product Safety Seminar to Feature Senator Mark Pryor and Other Key Government Officials
Apr.01.2009 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring In Seven Practice Areas