Daniel Baker is an associate in the Brussels office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s global Antitrust & Competition practice. He advises clients on EU and UK competition law, as well as on EU regulatory issues.

Mr. Baker represents industrials, private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds on EU and global merger control and has advised clients on multiple complex Phase I and Phase II merger control filings requiring remedies to the European Commission and other competition authorities around the world. He also represents clients in cross-border investigations into abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements, and provides antitrust counselling on commercial agreements and joint ventures. Mr. Baker’s clients come from a wide range of sectors, including technology, packaging, media, agrochemicals, and oil and gas.

Mr. Baker spent ten months on secondment to a leading building material manufacturer in Zurich, where he assisted the group’s legal team in relation to the firm’s competition law compliance and training program, internal investigations, and antitrust advisory.

Before training as a lawyer, he worked for two years as a management consultant at a leading international management consulting firm, advising major US and European financial institutions on regulatory and strategy issues.

Mr. Baker's experience includes advising:

  • Rexam on the global merger control aspects of its £4.3 billion public bid by US rival, Ball, bringing together the world’s two largest beverage can producers*
  • Neptune Energy backed by funds advised by Carlyle, CVC and other co-investors on its US$3.9 billion acquisition of Engie’s oil and gas exploration and production business, Engie E&P International*
  • BASF on the global merger control aspects of its €7.6 billion acquisition of Bayer’s seed and crop protection businesses and related assets, which Bayer divested in connection with its acquisition of Monsanto*
  • Mars on the EU merger control aspects of its acquisition of Swedish animal hospital and veterinary clinics operator, AniCura*
  • A major US media corporation on the merger control and antitrust aspects of a potential joint venture establishing a subscription video on demand, direct-to-consumer, over-the-top video streaming service*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Brussels Bar - A List
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law, King's College London, 2015
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London, 2012
  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, New York, 2011
  • BA (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, 2010
  • BA in Business & German Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English