Deirdre Taylor is an English qualified solicitor, and is a partner in the firm’s worldwide antitrust and competition law practice group. She is based in the firm’s London office.
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.
Some of 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.
Prior to her time with the UK competition authority, Ms. Taylor practiced with WilmerHale from 1999 to 2008 in the Brussels and London offices, with a wide-ranging competition law, telecommunications and aviation practice. Prior to that, she served in the European Commission as Stagiaire with the Information Technology and Consumer Electronics Unit of DG Competition.
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.
Civil cartel investigations, from initial leniency applications and ‘dawn raids’, through the investigative stages to final decision, including settlement. In particular, responsibility for the investigation into collusion between BA and VAA in relation to air passenger fuel surcharges and settlement with BA. Representation of a multi-national corporation in connection with worldwide antitrust and regulatory investigations in the financial sector.
Wide-ranging conduct-related practice, covering Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and CA98, in sectors such as fast moving consumer goods, hospitality, utilities, aviation and telecommunications/media.
Wide-ranging merger practice, including before the European Commission, OFT and national authorities worldwide, first and second phase merger proceedings. High profile merger deals worked on include Ladbrokes/Coral, Alcatel/Lucent and Tetra Laval/Sidel.
In-depth experience of aviation regulation, including an in-depth study for the European Commission on airspace regulation. Ms. Taylor was also heavily involved in advising a major European airline association concerning the implications of the European Court of Justice’s “Open Skies” judgments and in preparing a report and paper outlining the association’s position on key competition law aspects of the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Open Aviation Area. Other aviation work includes behavioural advice and merger filing advice for a number of international airlines.
Telecommunications/media experience includes advice on electronic communications framework, representation before the European Commission of a new entrant mobile operator in margin squeeze complaint against an incumbent operator, advice on merger filing obligations on various telecommunications infrastructure and content acquisition deals.
*Includes experience gained prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
University College - Dublin (NUI Dublin) - 1996 Master of Laws (LL.M.)
University College - Cork (NUI Cork) - 1995 Bachelor of Civil Law
England & Wales - Solicitor