Anna Tzanaki is a Associate Professor (docent) at Lund University’s Faculty of Law (Sweden), Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Centre of Law, Economics & Society (UK), and Affiliate Fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (USA). Prior to her current position, she had been a Marie Curie Fellow at Lund University, having been awarded a two-year research grant under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for her project on the competition implications of cross- and common ownership of rival firms in Europe. More recently, she has received funding from the Swedish Competition Authority as principal investigator of a three-year comparative, interdisciplinary research project on the law and economics of competition compliance programmes.
Anna is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics (Oxford) and Competition Policy International (Boston) while she has acted as a peer reviewer for other world leading legal or interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP), the Journal of Institutional Economics (CUP), Competition & Change (SAGE) as well as for regionally focused or specialist legal journals such as the Nordic Journal of European Law and the Journal of Law, Economics & Contemporary Society. She has also been invited to peer review scientific proposals for external funding bodies such as the European Research Council (Remote Referee for the ERC Advanced Grant 2020 Call).
Anna studied law at University College London (PhD), University of Chicago (LLM), University of Athens (LLB) and Humboldt University Berlin (Erasmus). She was a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard Law School for a year and a half of her doctoral studies and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence conducting postdoctoral research. She has held various scholarships and fellowships throughout her academic career. Among others, her doctoral research was supported by a UCL Faculty of Laws Scholarship for Graduate Research and by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Her research visit at Harvard was funded by the UCL Faculty of Laws, PhD Research Impact & Innovation Fund.
Her research focuses on competition law and policy, corporate law and governance, law & economics, EU and comparative law. She has studied and published extensively on issues of minority shareholdings, structural links and common ownership from a competition and corporate governance perspective. Her research has been featured in top ranked academic journals (Journal of Competition Law & Economics), scientific blogs (ProMarket of the Stigler Center at Chicago Booth Business School, Oxford Business Law Blog) and the popular press (Politico Europe). She is working on a forthcoming monograph “Partial Ownership of Competitors in Europe: Economics, Law and Policy” (Cambridge University Press) and is co-editing a forthcoming “Research Handbook on Competition and Corporate Law” (Edward Elgar Publishing).
She has been engaged as an external academic expert by the Hellenic Competition Commission in a sector inquiry case relating to issues of common ownership and has also contributed to external scientific reports undertaken on behalf of the European Commission (DG COMP) on EU merger control and minority shareholdings and ex post evaluation of EC merger decisions. She has been invited twice to provide Training for National Judges in EU Competition Law by the Academy of European Law (ERA) on behalf of the European Commission.
Anna is a passionate and dedicated teacher and scholar of law, with international teaching experience and an interdisciplinary, research-based approach. She has taught a variety of courses and supervised numerous graduate students’ theses within the Master’s Programme in European Business Law at Lund University Faculty of Law. She had also been engaged as a Teaching Fellow at the UCL Faculty of Laws while she has been a Visiting Lecturer at Stockholm University (LLM programme at the Faculty of Law), University of Piraeus (interdisciplinary Master Programme in Law & Economics) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (undergraduate International Business Economics Programme). Anna has taught on the subjects of EU Competition Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, EU State Aids, EU External Relations & International Trade, The Interaction Between European Labour Law and EU Competition Law, The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust & Regulation, Killer Acquisitions and Digital Mergers, and EU Law and Policy on AI, Big Data and Digitalization.
Anna has coached teams of law students from Lund during two European Law Moot Court competitions while she was the representative coach who led the first (female) winning team from Lund University during the final round before the Court of the Justice of the EU in Luxembourg in 2022. Anna is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Following a three-year appointment in 2021, she now serves as an elected member of the Educational Committee of the Law Faculty Board in Lund.
Prior to academia, Anna had worked within the Competition/Antitrust Group of Linklaters LLP in London, UK and at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland. She had been admitted to practice in New York (USA) and in Athens (Greece) (not practicing). Anna is fluent in English, German, French and Greek, has a basic knowledge of Italian and is currently learning Swedish.