European State Aid Law Association

The Forum of State aid lawyers and scholars across Europe

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    Aalto-Setälä, Ilkka

    Borenius, Finland

    Agnieszka Cyndecka, Malgorzata

    University of Bergen, Norway

    Alterskjær, Bjørnar

    Advokatfirmaet AS, Norway

    Belhadj, Ekram

    Nysingh, The Netherlands

    Billard, Olivier

    Bredin Prat, France

    Biondi, Andrea

    King’s College, UK

    Bjørgan, Per Andreas

    Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA, Norway

    Bourgeois, Karel

    Crowell & Moring LLP, Brussels

    Buendia, José Luis

    Garrigues, Brussels

    Clayton, Marianne

    Clayton & Segura, Brussels

    Dekker, Cees

    Nysingh, The Netherlands

    Derenne, Jacques

    Sheppard Mullin, Brussels

    Gilliams, Hans

    Eubelius, Brussels

    Gosset-Grainville, Antoine or Damon, Mathilde

    BDGS, France

    Hansson, Pamela

    Kastell, Sweden

    Holdgaard, Rass

    Kammeradvokaten, Copenhagen

    Holland, Jackie

    Cleary Gottlieb, Brussels

    Honoré, Michael

    Honoré, Denmark

    Ibañez, Pablo

    LSE, UK

    Jiménez-Laiglesia, Juan

    Pérez-Llorca, Spain

    Kaznowski, Andrzej

    Easy State Aid Kaznowski Stasiak Sp.j Poland

    Kleinhout, Arjan

    De Brauw, The Netherlands

    Koktvedgaard, Olaf

    Bruun & Hjlelje, Denmark

    Kristoferitsch, Hans

    Cerha Hempel, Vienna

    Lepièce, Annabelle

    CMS, Brussels

    Löwhagen, Fredrik

    Linklaters S.L.P., Madrid

    Maczkovics, Carole

    Daldewolf, Belgium

    Merola, Massimo

    BonelliErede, Brussels

    Navarro, Edurne

    Uria, Brussels

    Niemeyer, Hans-Jörg

    Hengeler Mueller, Brussels

    Ninck Blok, Doortje

    Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh, The Netherlands

    Oude Elferink, Edmon

    CMS, Brussels

    Paas-Mohando, Katri

    TGS Baltic, Estonia

    Piernas López, Juan Jorge

    Universidad de Murcia, Spain

    Quardt, Gabriele

    Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Germany

    Righini, Elisabetta

    Latham & Watkins, Brussels

    Rivas, José

    Bird & Bird, Brussels

    Rose, Alexander

    DWF, UK

    Segura, Maria

    Clayton & Segura, Brussels

    Soltész, Ulrich

    Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

    Struckmann, Kai

    White & Case, Brussels

    Taylor, Isabel

    Slaughter & May, UK

    Trifounovitch, Yelena

    Bredin Prat, France

    Troels Poulsen, Sune

    Advokatfirmaet Sune Troels Poulsen, Denmark

    Van der Wal, Gerard

    Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh, The Netherlands

    Von Bonin, Andreas

    Fresfields, Brussels

    Waterson, Claire

    William Fry, Ireland

    Werner, Philipp

    Jones Day, Brussels

    Ysewyn, Johan

    Covington & Burling, Brussels

    Zaščiurinskaitė, Rasa

    Cobalt, Lithuania


    • Membership is open to lawyers currently associated with a law firm or scholars associated with an academic institute with demonstrable experience in State aid law, typically evidenced by at least 10 years experience whether in private practice, academia, the European Commission or ESA, through the extensive involvement in advice on state aid issues, involvement in multiple notification or investigation procedures with the European Commission or the ESA and/or as a legal representative in court procedures before national and/or EU courts and publications.
    • Members must be prepared to actively participate in ESALA’s activities.
    • Anyone interested in a membership can apply for it by sending an e-mail to the ESALA Committee.
    • By becoming a member each individual declares that any exchange of thoughts with officials of the European Commission, the ESA or other institutions will take place under Chatham house rules. Therefore, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the officials, nor that of any other participant to a meeting, may be revealed including to any person not participating in the meeting. When registering for a meeting, participants to that meeting explicitly agree to this condition.
    • The Committee may formulate additional rules. Members that stay member of ESALA after additional rules have come into force, are considered to agree to these rules.


    • ESALA will organize (on line) discussions with senior staff of the Commission and/or the ESA under the Chatham House rule. ESALA plans to hold these discussions quarterly. Members can participate in these meetings.
    • ESALA will draft submissions to internet consultations conducted by the European Commission. Members are invented to participate in the working groups that prepare the submissions.
    • ESALA may draft unsolicited submissions concerning state aid issues as well. Members are invented to participate in the working groups that prepare the submissions.
    • ESALA will organize an annual plenary meeting for which
    • ESALA will invite Commission and ESA staff and/or members of the judiciary as well.


    • Membership is free.
    • Costs of meetings etc. will be borne by the participants to that meeting.


    • The ESALA Committee will communicate with the members by e-mail and through ESALA’s website and Linkedin-page.
    • All members will be mentioned on the ESALA’s website and Linkedin-page, unless they object to being mentioned.
    • All submissions will be published on ESALA’s website and its Linkedin page, mentioning the members of the working group that drafted the submission.