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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition: Lawyers

David Hull is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis, a Brussels-based law firm. Notable cases include Lundbeck (first EU case on “reverse-payment” patent settlements); Cathode Ray Tubes (appeal of cartel decision); Ryanair (appeal of Commission’s decision blocking takeover of Aer Lingus); Akzo (legal privilege); Bitumen (appeal of fine imposed in cartel case); and Microsoft (appeal of fine imposed for alleged non-compliance with Commission decision).

Mr Hull is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. He teaches courses on EU competition law at the University of Liège and the Brussels School of Competition.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN COMPETITION LAW? 

The combination of law and economics – I have an undergraduate degree in economics.

HOW HAS COMPETITION LAW EVOLVED SINCE YOU BEGAN PRACTISING IN 1984? 

More economics, more relevant jurisdictions, and a lot more material. It used to be that there were a few EU decisions, a few cases and an annual report; today, there is almost as much on a weekly basis.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? 

It’s not so much the cases I’ve worked on, but the ones I haven’t worked on – I’ve managed to keep most of my clients out of the headlines, which is particularly satisfying when this is the result of having convinced the competition authority to drop a case after a lengthy investigation. Of the cases that have gone to court, the most significant is probably Akzo on legal privilege in competition cases, where I represented a group of in-house lawyers.

HOW DOES YOUR EXPERIENCE IN A US LAW FIRM AND YOUR ADMISSION TO THE BAR IN THE US STATE OF GEORGIA ADD TO YOUR EU COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE? 

As the US is a major competition law jurisdiction and one to which the EU often looks, it is useful to have a US law background. Not too long ago, I found myself arguing with the case team about the meaning of a US Supreme Court judgment in an EU Commission hearing – everyone in the room had probably read the case, but as the only US-trained lawyer in the room, I felt I had an advantage.

YOUR PRACTICE HAS A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE LIFE SCIENCES SECTOR. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE INDUSTRY THAT INTERESTS YOU? 

This is a fascinating sector because of the interplay between competition law, IP law and a complex regulatory framework. I’m currently involved in the Lundbeck case on reverse payment patent settlements, which raises complex issues at the IP/competition intersection.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC CHALLENGES CURRENTLY FACING COMPETITION LAW PRACTITIONERS? 

Clients are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their understanding of competition law – most of my clients are themselves competition lawyers. They put a premium on counsel that understands the business and provides strategic advice that adds real value.

HOW IS THE TEAM AT VAN BAEL & BELLIS EQUIPPED TO OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES? 

Our competition practice stands out not only because of its size – it’s one of the largest in Brussels – but also because we have such a deep bench with 12 partners and six counsel, many of whom have more than 20 years’ experience and come from a number of different jurisdictions. This gives us the critical mass to handle major cases and also an unusual breadth and depth of expertise across the full range of competition issues in a variety of sectors. I can usually find someone in the office who has worked on a case that I want to find out about.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? 

Two things. First, learning how to leverage the talents of the lawyers that I work with. Second, giving practical, strategic advice. 

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

David Hull is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. David is a seasoned competition practitioner, having started practising in Brussels in 1984. He specialises in representing clients in complex investigations before the European Commission and in litigation before the EU courts in Luxembourg.

Some notable cases include: Lundbeck (“reverse payment” patent settlements); Ryanair (appeal of Commission decision blocking takeover of Aer Lingus); Akzo (landmark case on legal privilege) and Bitumen (appeal of cartel decision).

David has particular expertise in the life sciences sector. He has successfully represented leading life science companies in major EU competition investigations and regularly advises them on life cycle management issues, European parallel trade and distribution issues (including co-marketing and co-promotion agreements), pricing and discount strategies, collaboration arrangements, IP licensing and mergers.

David is widely published in his field and he regularly speaks at conferences on competition law matters. He has been recognised as a leading practitioner by most legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. He teaches competition law at the University of Liège School of Law and at the Brussels School of Competition.

David completed his LLM at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels (ULB). He completed his JD at the University of Georgia and also holds a BA in economics from Davidson College. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

WWL says: David Hull is highly sought after for his expertise in complex investigations, where he is a European leader.

 

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