David Little’s practice focuses on EU and UK competition law, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, litigation and sectoral regulation.

He has represented clients before the European Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessors, the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission); has worked with local counsel appearing before administrative agencies outside of the EU and UK; and has represented clients in litigation before the European Courts in Luxembourg and the UK High Court.

He has published on areas of European competition law including cartels and restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance and state aid. He recently completed a secondment to the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK.

David joined the Brussels office of the firm in 2006 as a stagiaire. From 2008 to 2009, he trained in the firm’s London and Paris offices before returning to the Brussels office in 2009 and 2010, and he became counsel in 2017.

Notable Experience

  • Walt Disney in various EU and UK competition law matters, including the UK Competition Commission’s investigation into the UK pay-TV market.

  • Major media companies and studios in various matters including EU investigations in cross-border licensing of online content.

  • Complainants in European Commission proceedings against Microsoft concerning the interface between IP and competition (e.g., disclosure of Microsoft interoperability information), leading to the 2009 Microsoft Interoperability Undertaking, the 2009 Microsoft Browser Choice Commitment and related European Court judgments up to 2014.

  • NVIDIA in a damages claim in the English High Court against Qualcomm for abuse of dominance and the related investigation by the European Commission.

  • Google in various transactions, including the acquisitions of BeatThatQuote and Waze, and in the European Commission’s competition investigation of Google.

  • Sony Corporation of American in various transactions, including the EU and international antitrust aspects of its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing and its acquisition of the 50 percent interest in Sony/ATV held by the Estate of Michael Jackson.

  • GlaxoSmithKline in the global antitrust aspects of its multibillion-dollar, three-part transaction with Novartis involving its consumer health care, vaccines and oncology businesses.

  • Medtronic in its $49.9 billion acquisition of Covidien, cleared globally less than six months after announcement.

  • The Dow Chemical Company in connection with its announced $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with DuPont.

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Publications

  • Contributing editor and co-author of chapters on the European Union and the United Kingdom, (co-authors Alexander Waksman, Patrick Bock, Henry Mostyn) Dominance, Getting the Deal Through, 14th Edition, 2018.
  • “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” (co-authors: Romano Subiotto QC and Romi Lepetska), Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 8, Issue 4, 2017.
  • Contributing editor and co-author of chapters on the European Union and the United Kingdom, (co-authors Alexander Waksman, Patrick Bock, Henry Mostyn) Dominance, Getting the Deal Through, 13th Edition, 2017.
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  • “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” (co-author: Romano Subiotto QC), Journal of EU Competition Law & Practice, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2015.
  • “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” (co-author: Romano Subiotto QC), Journal of EU Competition Law & Practice, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2014.
  • Chapters on “Tying/Bundling” and “Remedies,” Editors: R. Snelders, E. Gonzalez-Diaz, EU Competition Law, Volume V: Abuse of Dominance Under Article 102 TFEU (Cleays & Casteels Publishing, September 2013).
  • “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” (co-author: Romano Subiotto QC), Journal of EU Competition Law & Practice, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2013.
  • “The Analysis of Windowing in the US eBooks Case,” Kluwer Competition Law Blog, August 2013.
  • “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” (co-author: Romano Subiotto QC), Journal of EU Competition Law & Practice, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2012.
  • “The Vickers Report: More Work Needed,” International Finance Law Review, 30-9, November 2011.
  • “Recent EU Case Law Developments: Article 102 TFEU,” (co-authors: Romano Subiotto QC, Farrell Malone), Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2011.
  • “Judgement of the Court of Justice in Case C-431/07 P, Bouygues SA, Bouygues Telecom SA v Commission,” European State Aid Law Quarterly, Volume 2, 2011.
  • “The UK Court of Appeal upholds Chancellor’s order striking out ‘representative parts’ of the class action claim (Emerald/British Airways),” (co-author: Ruchit Patel), e-Competitions, Issue 35238, November 2010.
  • “Microsoft’s browser choice commitments and public interoperability undertaking,” (co-authors: M. Dolmans, T. Graf) European Competition Law Review, Vol. 31, Issue 7, p. 268., July 2010.
  • “The Case for a Primary Punishment Rationale in EC Anti-Cartel Enforcement,” European Competition Journal, Volume 5, Number 1, pp. 37-63., April 2009.
  • “A Comparison of WTO Subsidies and EU State Aid Rules,” (co-author: A. Winckler) Editors: J. Derenne, M. Meroloa, Economic Analysis of State Aid Rules – Contributions and Limits (Lexxion, Berlin), 2007.
  • “The EC’s Revised Leniency Notice for Cartel Cases,” Trinity College Law Review, Issue 10, 2007.

Events

  • Competition Policy in Financial Markets
    12th Annual Conference, Centre for Competition Policy, June 2016
  • European Merger Control
    Lecture Series, Oxford University Centre for Competition Law and Policy, February 2016
  • Object and/or Effects in Competition Law
    Workshop, The Competition Law Scholars Forum, Lancaster University, April 2015