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Dave Anderson

Partner, EU & Competition

Dave is a partner in BLP’s eu& Competition team and leads the firm’s Brussels office. He is a US national and is qualified in both the US and UK and is on the EU list of the Brussels Bar. His practice focuses on EU and international antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, cartels, commercial agreements and abuses of dominant positions. Dave also advises on EU regulatory law and public affairs.

“David Anderson is recommended for advice in high-risk areas, and for his ability to assess the chances of success in complex cases.” (Legal 500 Europe 2013)

“Highly regarded by clients, who ‘value his ability to provide crisp, meaningful advice and strategy on all aspects of competition law’” (Chambers Global, 2012)

"...'One of Brussels’ best-known lawyers’, David Anderson is ‘thoughtful, enthusiastic and responsive’ and ‘opens doors that we fail to open ourselves’, say grateful clients." (Legal 500 Europe 2011)

Dave is very active on behalf of clients on the policy side of international antitrust. He is a Non-Governmental Adviser to the European Commission on the work of the International Competition Network (ICN), a body comprising all of the world’s major antitrust agencies. Dave serves on the ICN’s merger and unilateral conduct (abuse of dominance) working groups.

He has also advised the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and competition agencies in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America on competition law reform and capacity building.

"Sources praise his top-notch legal knowledge and particularly appreciate his understanding of the proper protocols and processes required when dealing with the Commission" (Chambers Global, 2010)

Dave is recognised as a leading international competition lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500 Legal Business and PLC’s Which Lawyer.

Expert Insights

The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that victims of cartels may claim compensation from cartelists for inflated prices paid to non-cartel members (so-called “umbrella damages”), providing a further boost for would-be claimants in seeking damages from companies involved in bid-rigging, price-fixing and other cartel activity.[…]

This post contains our quarterly Competition Barometer, which gives a snap-shot of recent competition law activity across the EU and beyond. It includes details of fines imposed by the European Commission and national competition authorities for illegal behaviour such as cartel involvement (including price-fixing, market and customer allocation or bid-rigging) and abuse of dominance. It also provides information about confirmed surprise inspections or “dawn raids”, ongoing investigations and[…]

On 18 March 2014, representatives of the three main EU institutions (the European Commission (the “Commission”), the European Parliament, and the Council of Ministers) reached a political agreement on the final form of a Directive to facilitate damage claims in EU Member States by victims of infringements of EU competition law (the “Damages Directive”). This marks a major step towards the adoption of the Damages Directive in the coming months and follows months of talks between the[…]

 The European Commission has adopted a package of reforms to simplify its procedures for reviewing mergers and other transactions. The Commission estimates that 60-70% of merger cases could now be treated under its simplified procedure – an increase of around 10%. Read more about the new procedures here[…]

  Parallel proposals in Europe and Britain, aimed at improving redress for consumers for breaches of competition law, take different approaches on key policy issues. In this article published in Solicitors Journal (, Dave Anderson, Ed Coulson and Stuart Stock review the possible implications for litigants. Read more> Please note that this article is a copyright work which […][…]

On 25 June 2013, the European Commission published a working paper entitled “Towards more effective EU merger control” for consultation (see the consultation paper here), to seek views on new proposals which aim to improve merger control in the EU by increasing the scope of the EU merger regulation and streamlining some of its processes. Read BLP’s […][…]

In this article published in PLC, David Harrison, Dave Anderson and Paul Johnson explain how EU merger control operates, and in particular when and how the Merger Regulation applies to transactions. EU Merger Control[…]

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