David Aitman is a partner in Freshfields’ London office. He has practised in Brussels and London since 1980 and was co-head of the firm's global antitrust, competition and trade group from 2005 to 2010.
David advises on all areas of EU and UK competition law, particularly in the energy, manufacturing, media, retail, transport and telecommunications sectors. He also advises on regulatory issues for privatised utilities. His work includes investigations, proceedings and complaints before the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority and Competition Appeal Tribunal and industry regulators.
Recent merger experience includes advising on and obtaining clearances for the acquisition by CKI of Northumbrian and the parallel sale by CKI of Cambridge Water; USS’s acquisition of a substantial stake in NATS (air traffic control); the disposal of United Biscuits; and Wolseley’s acquisitions of Fusion and of Burdens. Recent behavioural and contentious work includes acting for NEC Corporation on cartel investigations into semiconductors and optical disk drives; advising Heathrow and Southern Water on price control investigations; and acting in the UK and EC investigations into ebooks.
David publishes and lectures frequently on competition law and regulation. He is an editor of Butterworth’s Competition Law Service. He is a non-governmental adviser for the CMA at the International Competition Network.
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WWL says: David Aitman is praised as "client-oriented" and "easy to deal with", he also earned praise for his track record and ability to deal effectively with regulatory agencies
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