Dominic Long is praised extensively as "a fantastic merger control lawyer" who is "extremely dynamic and responsive". He also has experience with abuse of dominance and restrictive agreement matters.
Dominic is a partner in Allen & Overy’s global antitrust team and splits his time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices. Dominic has extensive experience advising on complex, multi-jurisdictional merger clearances before both the European Commission (EC) and UK merger control authorities, as well as abuse of dominance (particularly in an IP licensing context) and cartel investigations, EU state aid considerations and market investigations.
Dominic has advised on the merger control aspects of a number of precedent-setting transactions, including four high-profile public interest interventions under the UK’s Enterprise Act 2002, and three Phase II clearances under the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR). These include News Corp on its proposed acquisition of Sky (then BSkyB); Sky on its acquisition of a 17.9 per cent stake in ITV (including before both the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and the Court of Appeal); HBOS on its acquisition by Lloyds (including before the CAT); Sun Microsystems on the Phase II EUMR clearance of its acquisition by Oracle; Orange Austria on the Phase II EUMR clearance of its acquisition by Hutchison; VEON (formerly VimpelCom) on the four-to-three merger of its Italian mobile telecoms subsidiary, Wind, with H3G; 21st Century Fox on its £27.7 billion takeover bid for Sky and the subsequent £11.6 billion sale of its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast and on its US$71 billion acquisition by The Walt Disney Company.
Dominic also advised one of the UK’s six large energy companies on the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into GB energy markets, the largest market investigation undertaken in the UK. In relation to EU state aid matters, he has advised the London Legacy Development Corporation on its competition to select concessionaires for the London Olympic Stadium and a number of clients in relation to the development of new-build nuclear power plants in the UK.
Dominic is described in The Legal 500 as “smart and effective”, a “rising star”, and praised for his “strong intellect” and “ability to translate legal advice with ease”. He is noted for his standout work on public interest interventions.
Dominic holds a BA (first class) in PPE from the University of Oxford and a master’s (distinction) in management studies from the University of Cambridge. He regularly publishes articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and case commentaries on numerous aspects of competition law and economics.
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