Sam is a Trainee Solicitor and has primarily been part of the teams advising clients on regulatory matters of EU antitrust law, foreign investors on potential arbitral claims against host States, as well as high-net-worth private clients on various matters. Sam has also assisted the Art and Cultural Property and Whistleblower Practice Groups. Sam has particular experience in cases regarding transport, construction, and payment services.
Prior to joining Constantine Cannon LLP in London, Sam trained at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition in Brussels, where he was involved in antitrust cases and investigations in transport services, particularly rail and aviation. Sam had previously interned at leading law firms in the CEE region, mostly in competition and corporate practices, and briefly clerked at an appeals court in Slovakia.
- Part of a team advising EMEA investors in relation to a potential investment treaty arbitration dispute against a Central Asian State.
- Assisted team advising European investors in connection with a potential investment treaty arbitration dispute against South-East European State.
- Part of a team representing a client before the European Commission in relation to an antitrust complaint arising out of an alleged abuse of dominance and potential anti-competitive agreements.
- Part of the European Commission’s case team investigating an alleged exclusionary abuse of dominance by the Czech incumbent passenger rail carrier to the detriment of private operators on a major commercial line in CEE.
- Part of the antitrust defence team in a construction cartel case involving the highest fine imposed by the Czech national competition authority.
- Part of the antitrust defence team in a highway construction cartel case involving the highest fine imposed by the Slovak national competition authority, followed by an advice relating to a potential claim before the European Court of Human Rights.
Sam graduated with a first-class LLB in International and European Law from the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands, and subsequently obtained an LLM from University College London, specialising in antitrust & competition law, mergers & acquisitions, foreign investment law, and international arbitration. In his academic writings, he explored some of the cutting-edge legal topics of the day, notably Google’s abuse of dominance in Search in 2016 and the conflict between international investment arbitration and EU State aid law in 2017. To qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, in addition to undertaking the Training Contract, Sam is currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University, before commencing the Legal Practice Course.