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Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown

Of Counsel

Adrian is an experienced and trusted adviser on EU competition and procurement law.



Adrian has been advising clients on competition and procurement law matters for over 25 years.  Adrian always strives to provide clients with practical, commercial solutions in these potentially complex areas of law.

Adrian's competition experience includes acting for MUFG Bank on all stages of the European Commission's cartel investigation into foreign exchange.

Adrian is a recognised leading expert on procurement law.  Clients include High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd, Transport for London and Greater London Authority.

Based in the Brussels office of Herbert Smith Freehills, Adrian advises on all aspects of EU antitrust law and merger control, as well as being a specialist in EU law on public procurement.  

Adrian has spoken at more than 40 conferences on procurement and has had numerous articles published on the subject.  He has been the assistant editor of the Public Procurement Law Review for over 20 years.

Adrian is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an advocaat in Belgium.

Adrian's experience includes advising: 

  • MUFG Bank on all stages of the European Commission's major cartel investigation into foreign exchange under the EU settlement procedure
  • Gazprom on the multi-jurisdictional merger control assessment of a joint venture in the field of engineering services 
  • High Speed Two (HS2) Limited on the massive project to construct the High Speed 2 railway, including the procurement procedures for the enabling works, main civil works, station designs and rolling stock.  
  • A Japanese energy company on the European Commission's antitrust investigation into alleged restrictions on the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the EU.   
  • Transport for London on procurement issues relating network upgrade works (e.g. Northern Line Extension) and over-station developments, including at Paddington Square and Southwark.  
  • EDF Energy on the application of EU rules on competition, State aid and public procurement to their plans to build new nuclear plants in the UK, including at Sizewell C 
  • Greater London Authority on procurement procedures to select development partners for the Silvertown Quays and Thameside West redevelopment projects, both in the Royal Docklands of London
  • Ministry of Defence on several large IT procurement projects