David Hull

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

David Hull is a highly-experienced competition lawyer, having started practicing competition law in Brussels in 1984. He specializes in representing clients in complex investigations before the European Commission and in litigation before the European Courts. 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). He teaches competition law at the University of Liège and the Brussels School of Competition.

Linked authors

DG COMP (Brussels)
Liège University - IEJE
White & Case (Brussels)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Articles

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David Hull The European Commission refines its analysis of relevant markets in the airline sector and accepts slot divestitures with grandfathered rights as remedy (Lufthansa/SN Airholdings)

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On 22 June 2009, the European Commission approved the acquisition by Deutsche Lufthansa AG («Lufthansa») of SN Airholding SA/NV, the holding company of SN Brussels Airlines («SN Brussels»), subject to commitments. This decision indicates that the Commission is moving towards a more nuanced analysis (...)

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David Hull Slot divestitures : The EC refines its analysis of relevant markets in the airline sector and accepts slot divestitures with grandfathered rights as remedy (Lufthansa/SN Airholdings)

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Eur. Commission, 22 June 2009, Lufthansa/SN Airholdings, Case COMP/M.5335 On 22 June 2009, the European Commission approved the acquisition by Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) of SN Airholding SA/NV, the holding company of SN Brussels Airlines (“SN Brussels”), subject to commitments. This (...)

David Hull Commitments - Joint venture: The European Commission clears a joint venture between three companies for security solutions for mobile devices subject to commitments (ARM/Giesecke & Devrient ; Gemalto/JV)

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Comm. eur., déc. art.6, § 1 (b) et art. 6, § 2, R. 139/2004 du 6 novembre 2012, ARM c/ Giesecke & Devrient/Gemalto c/ JV Trustonic : Du faux départ à la ligne d’arrivée La mi-décembre 2012 a vu le démarrage de Trustonic, l’entreprise commune créée par ARM, Gemalto et Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) (...)

David Hull Horizontal and vertical effects: The European Commission unconditionally clears a joint venture in the retail business in airports (Aelia/Aéroports de Paris/JV)

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Eur. Comm., dec. art. 6, §1 (b), Reg. 139/2004, 20 October 2011, Aelia/Aéroports de Paris/JV, case COMP/M.6263 Le 20 octobre 2011, la Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à la création d’une entreprise commune à Aelia (contrôlée par le groupe Lagardère) et Aéroports de Paris (“ADP”) pour (...)

David Hull Horizontal overlaps: The European Commission unconditionally clears the acquisition of sole control of a German milk producer by a Danish cooperative (Arla Foods/Allgäuland)

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Eur. Comm., dec. art. 6, §1 (b), Reg. 139/2004, 7 November 2011, Arla Foods/Allgäuland, case COMP/M.6348 Arla, coopérative laitière danoise, active sur les marchés de la production et de la vente de plusieurs produits laitiers, a pour ambition de devenir l’un des leaders sur le marché allemand de la (...)

David Hull Phase II - Risk of non coordinated effects: The European Commission conditionally clears an acquisition in the body care sector after in-depth investigation (Unilever, Sara Lee Body Care)

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Eur. Comm., 17 November 2010, Unilever/Sara Lee Body Care, case COMP/M.5658 La Commission européenne a publié le 27 janvier 2012 sa décision concernant l’acquisition par Unilever des activités “entretien et soins de la personne” de Sara Lee. Elle avait donné son aval sous conditions le 17 novembre (...)

David Hull Relevant Market – Commitments : The European Commission refines its market definition for finished dose pharmaceuticals and clears an acquisition in this sector subject to commitments (Teva / Ratiopharm)

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Eur. comm., dec. art. 6(2) Reg. 139/2004, 3 August 2010, Teva/Ratiopharm, case COMP/M.5865 On 3 August 2010, the European Commission cleared, subject to conditions and obligations, the acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited («Teva») of Merckle GmbH, CT Arzneimittel GmbH and (...)

David Hull Merger clearance - Remedies: The European Commission unconditionally clears a merger on the database market after self-enforcing public pledges alleviating competition concerns (Oracle/Sun Microsystems)

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Eur. Comm., 21 January 2010, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, case COMP/M.5529 Par sa décision du 21 janvier 2010, la Commission européenne a autorisé l’acquisition du vendeur américain de logiciels et matériel informatique Sun Microsystems par la société américaine de base de données Oracle au terme d’une (...)

David Hull Segmentation of products markets: The French Competition Authority unconditionally clears a merger where, despite a strong market share in a market devoid of brand recognition, significant countervailing buyer power would effectively hinder any anticompetitive unilateral effects (LDC Traiteur/Marie)

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Aut. conc., déc. n° 09-DCC-048 du 22 septembre 2009 relative à l’acquisition par la société LDC Traiteur de la société Marie Par une décision du 22 septembre 2009, l’Autorité de la concurrence (ci-après “l’Autorité”) a autorisé, sans condition, l’acquisition par la société LDC Traiteur de la société Marie. (...)

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