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Van Bael & Bellis

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David Hull

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Van Bael & Bellis

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Partner David Hull practises EU competition law.

David has a wide range of experience as an EU competition lawyer, having started practising in Brussels in 1984.

He specialises in representing clients in complex investigations before the European Commission and in litigation before the EU Courts.

Notable cases include: Lundbeck (“reverse payment” patent settlements); Cathode Ray Tubes (appeal of cartel decision); Ryanair (appeal of Commission decision blocking takeover of Aer Lingus); Akzo (landmark case on legal privilege); Bitumen (appeal of cartel decision) and Microsoft (appeal of fine for alleged non-compliance with Commission decision).


Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, he was the head of the EU competition practice of a large US firm.

David has in-depth experience in the life sciences sector. He has successfully represented leading life science companies in major EU investigations and regularly advises them on life cycle management issues, European parallel trade and distribution issues (including co-marketing and co-promotion agreements), collaboration arrangements, IP licensing and mergers.

He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on competition law matters.


David Hull speaks English and French.


Solicitor, England & Wales. Member of the State Bar of Georgia, USA and of the Brussels Bar.


Institute of European Studies, University of Brussels (ULB) – LL.M. in EU Law, 1984 University of Georgia, USA – J.D., 1983 Davidson College, USA – B.A. in Economics, 1979


Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Van Bael & Bellis' longstanding track-record in headline behavioural and transactional competition mandates ensures that it consistently attracts high-end work from blue-chip clients, such as AstraZeneca, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola European Partners and Halliburton. Praised for its 'in-depth analysis' of matters across the entire competition law spectrum, the group includes Porter Elliott, who is currently advising Quaker Chemical on the EC's review of its proposed acquisition of Houghton International for $1.4bn. Jean-François Bellis and Tim Kasten recently represented Viscas in a General Court appeal of the European Commission's decision to fine the client for its alleged involvement in a global market/customer allocation cartel in the power cables sector. In 2017, Andrzej Kmiecik, who heads the practice, was the lead adviser to Toyoda Gosei on the EC's investigation into an alleged cartel among car safety equipment suppliers over the supply of occupant safety systems to Japanese car manufacturers. The 'highly attentive' Andreas Reindl, who recently made partner, 'can quickly grasp the main issue, even when limited information is provided'. Another newly-promoted partner is Gabriele Coppo. In the air freight sector, Johan Van Acker, who is praised for his 'excellent relationship management', and Kris Van Hove are acting as coordinating counsel to Japan Airlines in eight follow-on damages actions across various European jurisdictions. David Hull, senior counsel Michael Clancy and Markus Wellinger are also names to note.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Van Bael & Bellis has 'a good mix of regulatory, competition, privacy and IP lawyers well versed in the specificities of the life sciences sector'. The practice acts for large global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies, among others. Catherine Longeval attracts praise for 'fighting very hard for her client's cases' and 'will not hesitate to go in the trenches to look for a solution', and is particularly noted for her expertise in regulatory matters and product liability. Peter L’Ecluse jointly heads the practice alongside Longeval and has a broad practice encompassing regulatory, competition and IP issues. David Hull and recently promoted senior counsel Michael Clancy are highlighted for handling competition law matters for life sciences sector clients. Koen T’Syen was recently promoted to counsel.

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