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Aidan Forde


Aidan is an Irish lawyer advising on all aspects of EU competition law and litigation across a broad range of sectors.

Aidan’s experience includes assisting clients in complex and high profile cartel, abuse of dominance and merger investigations and litigation before the European Commission, various international regulators and courts.

Aidan has represented clients from a wide array of industries, such as music licensing, high-tech, transport, media and consumer goods.

Published Work

  • Infineon v European Commission: Reducing Cartel Fines in Light of Limited Participation, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 11, Issue 10, December 202, Pages 592-594
  • Toshiba v European Commission: Re-adopting Cartel Decisions for Error in Calculating Fines, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 34-36
  • The Conceptual Relationship between Privacy and Data Protection, Cambridge Law Review Issue 1, 2016, Pages 135-149



Admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Ireland, July 2019

Registered with the Brussels Bar (E-List), September 2019


Barrister-at-Law, The Honorable Society of King's Inns, 2019

LL.M. (Commercial), University of Cambridge, 2015

BCL (International) (first class), University College Dublin, 2014

International exchange, DePaul University College of Law Chicago, 2013

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.