Eugenes appoints first ever head for competition group

Dublin-based Eugene F Collins has taken on its first competition partner.

David Dillon, who practised as a senior associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Brussels, is joining Eugenes as head of competition.

During the past 10 years, Dillon has advised multinationals from a wide range of economic sectors on European Commission and national competition rules, including the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as on antitrust compliance and litigation. Such deals include the $129bn (£71.93bn) MCI WorldCom-Sprint and the $112bn (£62.46bn) Vodafone-Mannesman mergers.

Dillon also focuses on sector-specific regulation, particularly in communications. He has been associated with the Commission’s communications liberalisation process since its inception.

His recent experience includes advising the Irish and Portuguese communications regulators on the assessment of effective competition in their national markets; he has also advised the Commission on competition matters in the communications sector.

Eugenes managing partner David Cantrell said: “With the addition of David, we have taken the next step in fulfilling our clients’ needs. Their everyday business activities are being increasingly scrutinised by their competitors and regulators. They will therefore benefit greatly from David’s experience in Brussels, which is unrivalled in Ireland.”

Last June, nine-partner Eugenes took over commercial property and finance boutique GD Fottrell & Sons, which significantly strengthened the firm’s underdeveloped property practice.

Two GD Fottrell lawyers, John Territ and Sean Twomey, joined as partners, while a third, Tony Twomey, joined as a consultant. GD Fottrell had a strong domestic client base, including construction companies Pierse Contracting and McInerney Construction.