DLA Piper (Dublin)

Darach Connolly

DLA Piper (Dublin)
Legal Director

Darach Connolly joied DLA Piper in 2020 where he leads the EU and Irish competition and regulatory practice in Ireland. He has extensive experience advising international and domestic clients at EU and Irish level. For competition rules, he advises on a wide range of issues including EU and national merger control, EU and Irish market investigations, cartel proceedings, distribution and licensing agreements, abuse of dominance, competition complaints and actions for damages. For regulatory issues, he has detailed experience covering public procurement and State aid rules as well in-depth sector knowledge in the areas of air transport, telecommunications and audio-visual services. In addition, in the Life Sciences sector, Darach Connolly has advised on complex medical product and device rules, COVID-19 related issues and healthcare services, including complaints to DG Sante. Darach Connolly sits on the Committee of the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) and is Recommended by Global Competition Review (GCR).

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139 Bulletin

Darach Connolly The Irish Competition Authority welcomes the new Competition (Amendment) Act 2022 with targeted changes in the life sciences, energy, technology and consumer goods industry


Ireland adopts major changes to competition rules* On 29 June 2022, Ireland enacted major reforms to its Competition Act. These changes will impact on all sectors across the Irish economy, with potential target industries such as Life Sciences, Energy, Technology and Consumer Goods facing (...)

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière, Alina Lacatus, Jacob Borum, Darach Connolly The EU Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments offered by pharmaceutical company to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing (Aspen)


Aspen: Quick Fix But Missed Opportunity* What are commitments? The recent effort by the Commission to settle the Aspen case suggests that commitment decisions are the preferred route to settle complex excessive pricing cases at EU-level. Previous commitment cases where high prices have been (...)

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