George Papaconstantinou

Associate, Brussels



Dr. George Papaconstantinou is an Associate in the Brussels office of White & Case and a member of the Firm's EU law and International Trade practice groups.

His practice focuses on EU trade remedies, WTO law and EU competition law.

George advises clients on a wide range of issues in the field of international trade. His experience includes advising sovereign governments, multinational companies and associations on trade defense instruments (anti-dumping, anti-subsidies and safeguard measures) investigations and proceedings before the European Commission and EU Courts, dispute settlement proceedings before the World Trade Organization and Free Trade Agreement panels, trade in services (with a specialization in financial services), sanitary and phytosanitary issues, technical barriers to trade and intellectual property. George also advises on the application of EU sanctions and export controls.

In the field of competition law, he advises clients on antitrust and merger control proceedings. George’s experience includes abuse of dominance proceedings before the European Commission and EU courts representing technology companies, including cases on price-based conduct (e.g., rebates and margin squeeze), exclusivity agreements and IP-related conduct. He also acts for third-party complainants in antitrust cases.

George holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His thesis investigates the interplay between financial market infrastructure regulation and economic integration, including WTO and EU competition law.

He has authored a number of publications in leading journals related to international trade law and financial regulation and is regularly invited to conferences and seminars as a speaker.

Prior to joining White & Case, George gained experience at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Trade), the World Trade Organization (Trade in Services and Investment Division) and a leading Greek law firm.

Bars and Courts
Brussels Bar
Thessaloniki Bar
European University Institute
Columbia Law School
European University Institute
Catholic University of Leuven
Democritus University of Thrace


Speaking Engagements

“Free Trade Agreements disputes on the rise: Towards a ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ in International Trade Law jurisprudence?” ASIL International Economic Law Biennial Conference, Miami, US (2020)

“Bilateralism v Multilateralism: Preferential Trade Agreements’ disputes on the rise: Towards a ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ in International Trade Law jurisprudence?”, 5th Jean Monnet Workshop, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2019)

“Competition in Financial Market Infrastructure: an International Economic Law perspective,” European Law School (Humboldt), International Scholars’ Conference, Berlin, Germany (2018)

“Financial Services Liberalization in EU FTAs,” EU Trade & Investment Policy Conference, Brussels, Belgium (2018)

“Trade in Financial Services and the EU,” University of Stockholm, Sweden (2018)

“Testing the WTO law consistency of EU Financial Regulation on Central Counterparties,” Columbia Law School, New York City, US (2017)

“EMIR through the lens of the GATS,” EUI, Florence, Italy (2016)

“The potential adverse effects of MiFID II for retail investors,” EUI, Florence, Italy  (2015)


“Financial Services Liberalization under EU FTAs: the case of Clearing and Settlement Services,” Chapter in Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy edited by Wolfgang Weiss, Springer European Yearbook of International Economic Law, 2020

“The GATS and Financial Regulation: Time to Clear-house?”, World Trade Review, Cambridge University Press, Online, 2019

“Trade in Financial Services Regionalism: Derivatives Clearing and Settlement in Economic Integration Agreements,” EUI RSCAS Research Paper, 63/2018

“Money, Payment Systems, and the European Union,” edited by G Gimigliano, Book review, Banking & Finance Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2018

“No GATS No Glory: The EU Regulation of Clearinghouses and WTO Law,” EUI Law Working Paper, 5/2018

“Clearing & Settlement” by D. Turing, Book review, European Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2018

“European Agencies and Risk Governance in EU Financial Market Law” by P Weismann, Book review, European Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2017

“Investment Bankers in Conflict: The Regime of Inducements in MiFID II and the Member States’ Struggle for Fairness,” Article, European Review of Contract Law, Vol. 12, No.4, 2016