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Gabriela R. Da Costa

Senior Associate
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Gabriela Da Costa is a senior associate in K&L Gates’s London office where she is a member of the antitrust, competition & trade regulation practice group. She advises clients on a wide range of competition matters, including restrictive practices and agreements, abuses of dominance, and merger control.

Ms. Da Costa has unique and extensive experience in complex vertical distribution matters, including online resale policies, marketplace strategies and selective distribution. She has advised a wide range of leading consumer products brands in a variety of sectors on the design, implementation and enforcement of effective and pragmatic distribution policies and agreements across Europe, as well as coordinating the implementation of global distribution strategies.

She has successfully defended a number of brand owners in challenges by the European competition authorities as well as third parties against their distribution practices. She is currently acting in the main online resale restrictions case in the UK in recent years, before the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

Ms. Da Costa regularly develops tailored compliance programmes, carries out internal reviews and delivers training to clients on their competition law obligations. She also frequently contributes towards publications on European and UK competition law.

She read the BCL at the University of Oxford and is ranked by Legal 500, where she is described by clients as “incredibly efficient and very personable”. Ms. Da Costa is also listed in the international Who's Who Legal “Competition - Future Leaders” ranking.

Professional Background

Gabriela qualified in early 2012. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Gabriela trained and worked in the London office of a Magic Circle law firm and for the Civil Justice Division of the UK Ministry of Justice.


  • Awarded Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Medal for Excellent Undergraduate Academic Achievement (highest University of Pretoria academic award for student in any faculty)
  • Awarded Butterworth’s Prize for final year student with best dissertation
  • Awarded Law Society of the Northern Provinces of South Africa Prize for best student in Legal Practice
  • Elected student representative in 2002, 2004 and 2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales

Speaking Engagements

  • Regularly prepares presentations on competition law issues including metals benchmark pricing and warehousing for metals and mining conferences hosted by trade associations, pricing journals and others
  • Has spoken on competition law issues in the hotel online booking sector (ETOA Seminar, London, September 2013)
  • Regularly prepares and delivers training internally and to clients on competition law compliance and developments

Additional Information


  • Author and reviewer of numerous competition law publications for LexisNexis PSL Service, including guidance and drafting notes on:
    • competition law issues in corporate agreements;
    • vertical commercial agreements between non-competitors, including supply and distribution agreements;
    • vertical commercial agreements between competitors;
    • horizontal commercial agreements between competitors, including joint production, commercialisation, purchasing and R&D agreements;
    • competition law issues in IP agreements; and
    • technology transfer agreements
  • Regularly contributes case law updates to Croner's Europe and has been published in various publications, including Thomas Reuters
  • Research assistant and editor of Cloete (ed.) 2005 Introduction to Sports Law in South Africa (Durban: Lexis Nexis Butterworths)
  • Regularly advising clients on merger control issues and representing clients in proceedings before the European Commission and national competition authorities, including in second phase review proceedings. Experience includes acting as lead associate on a merger referred for second phase review to the UK’s Competition Commission (now the CMA), which faced intervention by the Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport and went on appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Conducting internal competition and compliance audits and advising on internal investigations, as well as representing clients in cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings before the European Commission and national competition authorities.
  • Regularly advising trade associations on various aspects of EU and national competition law, including monitoring and providing advice during meetings, assessing competition law compliance of association activities, publications and communications (including with the trade press), advising on minimizing risk of competition law exposure from initiatives such as standard-setting, benchmarking, lobbying and surveys, developing competition law compliance policies and protocols, providing training on best practices, and advising on disputes involving claims of price fixing and group boycott.
  • Preparing internal competition and anti-bribery and corruption policies for numerous clients and delivering training to clients on same.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international distribution and agency agreements and assessing compliance of agreements with EU and national competition laws.
  • Advising on and assisting with the preparation of agreements between competitors, including joint purchasing, R&D, production, and commercialization.