Irina Trichkovska

Associate, Brussels

Biography

Overview

Irina Trichkovska advises clients on a broad range of EU law issues with a particular focus on EU competition and State aid matters. She also advises on EU regulatory law.

Ms. Trichkovska represents clients before the European Commission in cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings, as well as in State aid investigations. She has advised companies active in a wide variety of industries, ranging from energy, aviation, gambling and manufacturing to financial and postal services, on different legal aspects of their business activities in the EU.

Ms. Trichkovska has particular experience in State aid, where she focuses on advising public and corporate clients on all aspects of the European State aid rules, which often involves restructuring and privatisation issues. During the recent financial crisis, Irina has been involved in a number of banking restructuring cases.

Ms. Trichkovska also has extensive Balkan-focused experience in representing clients before the courts and authorities in countries such as Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Croatia. Together with local counsel, she has advised clients in cartel proceedings and banking litigation before several of these national authorities.

Irina also has experience in advising individuals and companies on questions of human rights as recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Prior to joining White & Case, Irina worked for the Macedonian Ministry of Finance, where she specialised in project finance and the alignment of national legislation with EU law. She has experience in negotiation and cooperation with international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the EBRD, the EIB and the CEB.

Irina has also interned for the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition on the Financial Crisis Task Force, where she worked on State aid cases involving various financial institutions affected by the crisis.

Bars and Courts
Brussels Bar (B list)
Skopje Bar
Education
LLM
European and International Law
University of Amsterdam
LLB
International Law
Sts Cyril and Methodius University
Languages
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Croatian
English
Macedonian
Russian
Serbian

Experience

Representing Bulgarian Energy Holding in an antitrust probe, AT.39767 - BEH Electricity, before the Commission, which was terminated  with commitments and without an infringement finding; 

Representing Bulgarian Energy Holding in a gas antitrust probe before the Commission and appealing the Commission’s decision before the General Court of the EU;

Advising an EU Member State in a State aid investigation before the European Commission regarding long-term power purchase agreements with foreign investors; 

Representing a major company active in the soft drinks markets before the EU Member States’ competition authorities in relation to abuse of dominance proceedings;

Representing a subsidiary of a major company active in the soft drinks markets before the competition authority of an aspiring EU Member State in relation to vertical restraints proceedings, which resulted in a full annulment of the Authority’s decision by the Administrative Court;

Representing a subsidiary of a multinational cement and building materials producer, in cartel proceedings before the Albanian competition authority, which resulted in an acquittal;

Representing the Romanian power exchange, OPCOM in an antitrust probe before the Commission; 

Advising numerous energy companies on questions related to the newly proposed Gas Directive; 

Assisting energy companies in complying with the requirements of the Third Energy Package; 

Advising a major energy company on questions of EU unbundling legislation and on EU merger rules in a Phase II case; 

Advising a wide range of European and Asian clients during the negotiations of their LNG contracts, and, in particular, on the competition aspects; and

Representing a transmission system operator of an EU Member State in antitrust/arbitration proceedings concerning long-term capacity booking agreement.
 

Awards and Recognition

White & Case Pro Bono Award, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015