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Van Bael & Bellis

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Brussels, Geneva

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

Belgium: Competition

EU and global

Within: EU and global

Van Bael & Bellis’s ‘deep knowledge of the law’ and ‘accurate business understanding’ ensures ‘strong business-oriented advice’. Jean-François Bellis is ‘already a legend in competition law’ and oversees a large and experienced team that also includes Kris Van Hove (‘responsive, thoughtful, and efficient’); Markus Wellinger (‘anticipates all possible developments’); Johan Van Acker (‘provides spot-on advice and guidance’); David Hull; and Andrzej Kmiecik. Highlights included representing Euroclear in its challenge to the – ultimately blocked – Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange merger. Behavioural work is also a key pillar of the practice.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Van Bael & Bellis has a broad life sciences practice and is particularly prominent in issues concerning ethical rules, clinical trials, advertising and pricing and reimbursement. Its client base of leading multinational life sciences companies also turn to the team for a range of EU and Belgian regulatory advice. Catherine Longeval recently advised the European arm of a US biotech company on the restructuring of its distribution chain. David Hull and counsel Michael Clancy represented two parties in a landmark case before the EU Court of Justice concerning reverse payment patent settlements. Peter L’Ecluse is another key contact.

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