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Deirdre Taylor is an English law partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the antitrust and competition practice.
Ms. Taylor’s practice encompasses the full range of antitrust issues, including cartel investigations, merger control, and abuse of dominance. Ms. Taylor has provided antitrust advice to clients across a number of industries, including: telecommunications, aviation, financial services, oil and gas, engineering, retail, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing. Since joining Gibson Dunn, she has counselled clients such as UBS, Asda, Gala Coral, Energizer, Marriott Hotels, William Hill, Debenhams and a number of leading technology companies.
Ms. Taylor’s recent experience in relation to cartel investigations includes defending a multi-national corporation in connection with worldwide antitrust and regulatory investigations in the financial sector and advising a client in the consumer goods sector in relation to a national, and potentially EU-wide, cartel investigation. Recent merger experience includes obtaining UK clearance in the engineering sector, UK clearance for a high-profile retail merger, and EC clearance for a merger in the electronics distribution sector.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Taylor spent 5 years at the UK competition authority, most recently as Assistant Director of the Cartels and Criminal Enforcement Group. In this role, she was the project director responsible for a number of civil cartel investigations in the aviation, basic manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Ms. Taylor was responsible for the authority’s investigation into collusion between British Airways and Virgin in relation to air passenger fuel surcharges on long-haul flights. Ms. Taylor was also heavily involved in policy developments relating to the UK’s criminal cartel regime. Ms. Taylor also previously practiced with WilmerHale on a wide-ranging competition law, telecommunications and aviation. She also served in the European Commission as Stagiaire with the Information Technology and Consumer Electronics Unit of DG Competition.
Ms. Taylor is ranked for Competition Law in Chambers UK 2023, Chambers Global 2022 and Chambers Europe 2022, clients describe her as “very smart, on top of her subject and exceptionally user-friendly” and “unbelievably clever, always on top of the detail, and has very good judgement”. In the previous edition, she is described as having “an eye on all the detail and…the perfect partner”. She is also recognised for EU and Competition Law in Legal 500 UK 2023.
Ms. Taylor is a member of the IBA Cartels Working Group. She is assistant editor of “Faull & Nikpay: The EC Law of Competition,” one of the leading practitioner texts in the antitrust and competition law field. She was also part of the team who won the ‘Innovation in legal expertise: enabling business growth’ category at the 2017 FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards.
*Includes experience gained prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
University College Dublin - 1996 Master of Laws (LL.M.)
University College - Cork (NUI Cork) - 1995 Bachelor of Civil Law
England & Wales - Solicitor