David Little

  • Partner
  • Edavid.little@lw.com
  • Boulevard du Régent, 43-44
  • Brussels B-1000
  • Belgium
  • T +32.2.788.6224
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  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1875
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Profile

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, working closely with regulatory authorities around the world to achieve favorable outcomes for clients.

Mr. Little has advised on competition issues relating to some of the largest and highest-profile transactions in recent years. He handles a range of multi-faceted, cross-border matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, investigations, sector inquiries, and foreign investment control reviews. He also has experience handling standalone and follow-on litigation claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants. His practice spans industry sectors, with a particular focus on media, technology, financial services, and life sciences.

Mr. Little offers clients sophisticated insight into navigating various regulatory reviews. Mr Little has worked at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and has appeared before many of the major global antitrust enforcement agencies. He has also appeared before the European Courts in Luxembourg, and the High Court and Court of Appeal in England & Wales.

He frequently writes on a broad range of topics related to competition and commercial law, including merger control, restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance, state aid, impact investment, and sustainable finance.

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

Accolades
  • Selected as a Competition Future Leader
    Who’s Who Legal 2017-2021
  • “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

Experience

Mr. Little’s experience includes advising:

Transactions
  • Facebook in its acquisition of GIPHY and related UK litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal
  • NVIDIA Corporation, in its planned US$40 billion acquisition of Arm 
  • MGM in connection with its US$9 billion acquisition by Amazon
  • Medtech company GRAIL in the EC’s review of its acquisition by Illumina, a landmark case concerning application of the referral powers under Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation, and associated litigation in Luxembourg
  • A global cloud communications company on regulatory approvals associated with the acquisition of a mobile messaging solutions provider
  • Ares on the sale of iconic paint and wallpaper brand Farrow & Ball to Hempel Group
  • Luxury fashion platform Farfetch in its global strategic partnership with Richemont and Alibaba
  • Two of the three consortium members purchasing Broadway’s FI business divestment assets
  • Video game developer Tonic Games Group in its acquisition by Epic Games
  • Triton in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in RENK AG from Volkswagen 
  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with its US$71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox*
  • Google in its acquisitions of BeatThatQuote and Waze*
  • 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
  • A global entertainment company in securing the early closure of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive agreements and conduct in the entertainment and recreation services sector
  • 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*
  • 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* 

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • FCA Issues New Rules on Insurance Pricing Practices -  June 09, 2021
  • The European Commission Unveils New Sustainable Finance Package -  April 23, 2021
  • New Guidance on Article 22 EUMR Referrals to the European Commission -  March 30, 2021
  • Sustainability and EU Competition Law -  February 05, 2021
  • UK CMA: Can Algorithms Harm Competition?  -  February 01, 2021
  • European Commission Invites Comments Regarding Collective Bargaining for the Self-Employed -  January 11, 2021
  • 10 Key Focus Areas for UK-Regulated Financial Services Firms in 2021 -  January 11, 2021
  • PE Views: Insights on the World of Private Equity -  December 16, 2020
  • The EU’s 2021 Work Programme Features Green and Sustainable Initiatives  -  October 27, 2020
  • The European Green Deal & Competition Policy -  October 14, 2020
  • Greek Sustainability Initiative Promotes Cooperation Between Competitors -  October 02, 2020
  • EU Regulatory & Antitrust Monitoring on Sustainability Newsletter September 2020 -  September 04, 2020
  • FCA and PSR Support CMA’s Guidance on Business Cooperation Under Competition Law -  April 06, 2020
  • Competition and Innovation in the UK’s New Payments Architecture -  March 16, 2020
  • No-Poach Prosecutions: A Growing Problem for M&A Deal Teams? -  January 30, 2020
  • Deal Planning After Brexit — Merger Control Aspects -  January 29, 2020
  • UK Competition Appeal Tribunal Judgment: Pushing the Envelope on Abuse of Dominance  -  December 20, 2019
  • UK CMA Continues to Pursue Penalties for Incomplete Document Production -  November 20, 2019
Bar Qualification
  • Admitted to the Irish Roll of Solicitors
  • Brussels Bar - B List
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • New York
Education
  • LL.M., London School of Economics, 2007
    LSE Lawyers Alumni Prize for Best Overall Mark
  • BA (Hons) Law in French, Queen's College, University of Cambridge, 2005
Industries
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Technology
  • Financial Institutions
Practices
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • False Claims Act