Antonios Bouchagiar is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, currently working in the State aid team. His areas of expertise include State aid in relation to the banking sector, energy, environment, maritime transport, aviation, basic industries, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, COVID-related aid, RRF aid, block-exempted aid and regional aid. He regularly litigates on behalf of the Commission before the EU Courts in Luxembourg. Prior to joining the Legal Service, he handled cases of merger control in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. Before joining the Commission, he was an associate lawyer in the antitrust group of the Brussels offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Howrey LLP. He has published books on competition law and State aid law, as well as various articles in the fields of competition law, State aid law and internal market law. Mr Bouchagiar graduated from the University of Athens (LL.B., LL.M. in civil law), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Erasmus) and the College of Europe in Bruges (LL.M. in EU law with specialisation in economic analysis).