David Little

Brussels | London
  • Boulevard du Régent, 43-44
  • Brussels B-1000
  • Belgium
Profile Experience

David R. Little advises clients on many of their most significant and complex UK, EU, and international competition law matters, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, and litigation.

Drawing on more than a decade of experience spanning large-value transactions and sensitive disputes and investigations, Mr. Little counsels leading global clients on a variety of competition issues. He regularly works with entities from across industries, with a particular focus on the media, technology, financial services, energy, and life sciences sectors. He leverages his experience working closely with regulatory authorities around the world to achieve favorable outcomes for clients.

Mr. Little has advised on competition issues in connection with some of the largest and highest-profile media and technology transactions in recent years. He handles a range of multi-faceted, cross-border matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures, as well as related foreign investment control reviews.

Mr. Little represents clients before the key regulatory authorities in disputes involving UK and European competition law, including the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), as well as in court, including before the European Courts in Luxembourg and the UK High Court. Mr. Little regularly navigates both standalone claims and follow-on damages claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Additionally, he brings significant experience appearing before administrative agencies outside of the EU and the UK. His work also includes sector inquiries and market studies.

Mr. Little offers clients sophisticated insight into navigating various regulatory authorities, having previously been seconded to the UK CMA in 2015 and having worked with many of the major global antitrust enforcement agencies.

He frequently writes on topics related to competition and commercial law, including merger control, restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance, state aid, impact investment, and sustainable finance. He is the co-editor of the Getting the Deal Through – Dominance guide.

Mr. Little serves on the firm’s global Diversity Leadership Committee.

  • Selected as a Competition Future Leader
    Who’s Who Legal 2017-2020
  • “He is singled out for his incredible knowledge of the competition landscape.”
    “Clients are impressed by his interesting and creative ways of thinking.”
    Who’s Who Legal 2019

Mr. Little’s experience includes advising:

  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with its US$71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox*
  • Google in connection with its acquisition of BeatThatQuote and Waze*
  • Facebook in connection with its acquisition of Giphy
  • Triton in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in RENK AG from Volkswagen
  • Sony Corporation of America in connection with:
    • The EU and international antitrust aspects of its US$2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing
    • Its acquisition of the 50% 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 healthcare, vaccines, and oncology businesses*
  • Medtronic in its US$49.9 billion acquisition of Covidien*
  • The Dow Chemical Company in its US$130 billion all-stock merger of equals with DuPont*
  • Airbus in its acquisition of the commercial aircraft division of Bombardier*
  • AbbVie in the EU antitrust aspects of its US$21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics*
Investigations & Litigation
  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with:
    • The European Commission’s investigation into the cross-border licensing of online content*
    • The UK Competition Commission’s investigation into the UK TV subscription market market*
  • Complainants in European Commission proceedings against Microsoft concerning the interface between IP and competition law (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 an abuse of dominance complaint against Qualcomm, culminating in the European Commission’s first predatory pricing infringement decision in more than 15 years, and a related damages claim in the English High Court*
  • Google in connection with the European Commission’s competition investigation of Google’s Search business*
  • Equant (a subsidiary of France Telecom) in obtaining an emergency restraining order from the President of the European Court of First Instances*
  • Philips in connection with its defense against complaints alleging abuse of dominance in licensing LED technology*
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