DLA has strengthened its presence in Brussels with the appointment of a second competition partner.
David Cox joins from SJ Berwin where he was a partner in the competition and commercial department for two years. He was previously general counsel of Europe and Africa for life sciences/chemical group Monsanto.
"DLA is larger than SJ Berwin with a broader range of work," says Cox. "Because I was previously in-house, I have a spread of experience which is easier to exploit at DLA."
Cox will head European and Asian work for Solutia, the old chemical division of Monsanto, and is the fourth partner in Brussels. He joins competition specialist Frank Fine, regional managing partner David Church and e-commerce specialist Michael Pullen.
It has been suggested that Cox is better suited to public sector, rather than private sector, work. But managing partner at DLA Nigel Knowles says he is delighted with Cox's work.
"He is an enormous asset to us and has done a tremendous job so far," says Knowles. "He's introduced new clients, helped to expand the service offering and is being instructed by a very large multinational company."