David Cardwell is Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice of Baker Botts’ Brussels office. His practice focuses on UK and EU competition law, including a particular concentration on EU and international merger control laws, and UK competition law (both mergers and behavioural). Mr. Cardwell has represented clients in significant mergers and acquisitions across many industry areas, including the technology, pharmaceutical, media, automotive and heavy industry sectors. He has counseled clients in merger reviews before both the European Commission and national competition authorities, including cases involving advice on media plurality, regulated water industries and defense-related mergers. Mr. Cardwell has also advised clients in respect of cartel investigations by the European Commission, and he provides advice on various other EU and international antitrust matters including cooperation arrangements amongst competitors and abuse of dominance proceedings. Mr. Cardwell has also spent time on secondment working as senior antitrust counsel with a global oil & gas major, gaining first-hand insight into the priorities and needs of clients in the O&G sector and more generally. Prior to joining Baker Botts, David Cardwell was a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells. He holds a LL.B. and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh.
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In preparation for the end of the Brexit transition period, the CMA has recently released two consultations inviting comments on proposed updates to its merger control guidance and procedures. On 17 November 2020, the CMA released draft updates to its Merger Assessment Guidelines, which contain (...)
Firm Thought Leadership In what is destined to rank as one of the most significant judicial knockbacks of the European Commission (“Commission”) in the area of merger control for many years, the EU’s General Court (“Court”) has annulled the decision by the Commission in 2016 to prohibit the merger (...)
ONE-TIME INFORMATION EXCHANGE SUFFICIENT – A RECENT REMINDER IN THE UK* The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) recently welcomed the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of a challenge brought against a decision of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) by Balmoral, a supplier of steel water (...)
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued a draft guidance paper (Draft Guidance) concerning the application of UK competition law in the event that the UK withdraws from the EU in a "no-deal" Brexit scenario. Contained in the Draft Guidance are specific guidelines on the impact (...)