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Gabriela R. Da Costa

Advising a major European football body on several high-profile projects, including potential competition law and governance challenges before the European Commission and national competition authorities against the rules and practices of UEFA and FIFA.
Advising the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber for Italian Fashion) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (the governing body for the French fashion industry) respectively on their submissions to the European Commission in the context of its e-commerce sector inquiry and its review of the EU vertical rules.
Advising Ping, the golf club manufacturer, on its challenge to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s finding of infringement in relation to its online sales policy before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and in respect of its EU selective distribution terms.
Advising leading pool robot producer Maytronics on the design, implementation and enforcement of its EU distribution strategy, including successfully obtaining (in Hague court proceedings) what we believe is the first ever EU-wide injunction against an unauthorised reseller, and assisting on its acquistion of a German distribution partner.
Successfully defending a major sports brand against allegations of suspected resale price maintenance by the Competition and Markets Authority, leading to closure of the initial inquiry without a formal investigation being opened.
Successfully defending a premium sports brand against allegations of unlawful cross-border resale restrictions by the Swiss Competition Commission, leading to closure of the investigation.
Advising a major sports brand in relation to the termination of a large high-profile retailer threatening competition law complaints and claims.
Advising the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) on the competition aspects of its high-profile air cargo cooperation agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Advising various major producers in different sectors on cooperation agreements with their competitors and related deal structuring, terms and 'rules of the road' protocols, including joint ventures, joint bidding, joint distribution, R&D arrangements, sub-contracting, and other forms of collaboration.
Advising major brands, including in the luxury, lifestyle, home goods and electronics sectors, on the design and structuring of their direct-to-retailer and direct-to-consumer structures.
Advising various major consumer brands including GoPro, Jabra, Navico, and others on dual distribution (customer-competitor) structures and risk-management protocols, including information exchange, competing e-commerce promotions and pass-on discounts / rebates
Advising a leading diamond wholesaler on negotiations with and a possible complaint against several industry participants for potential cartel/coordinated activities and abuses of dominance in relation to commercial terms.
Advising luxury fashion groups including Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Only the Brave (including Diesel and Staff International), Canali, Tateossian, and others, on EU selective distribution and verticals matters.
Advising premium personal care product manufacturers including the Coty Group, Image Skincare, and Reuzel, on EU distribution and verticals matters.
Advising Lockheed Martin Corporation on various matters, including successfully advocating before the European Commission for remedies in the Airbus Safran Launchers joint venture, together with competition law advice on various major commercial arrangements.
Advising audio electronics brand Jabra on the design, implementation and enforcement of its distribution strategy in various regions globally.
Advising skiing and cycling equipment manufacturer POC Sport on the design, implementation and enforcement of its EU selective distribution strategy.
Advising leading phone accessories brand Otterbox on the design, implementation and enforcement of its EU distribution strategy.
Advising Energizer on EU distribution matters.
Advising animal supplements manufacturer Nutramax on the design and implementation of its EU selective distribution strategy and distribution matters.
Advising marine electronics manufacturer Navico (maker of the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands) on the design, implementation and enforcement of its EU selective distribution strategy.
Advising luxury headphone brand Master & Dynamic on the design of its distribution terms in various regions globally.
Advising premium headphone manufacturer Bang and Olufsen on vertical distribution matters in various regions.
Advising premium headphone manufacturer Bose on vertical distribution matters in various regions.
Advising leading specialist glove producer Mechanix Wear on EU distribution strategy design and implementation.
Advising Darling Ingredients Inc., the leading provider of rendering and recycling solutions to the U.S. food industry, on its acquisition of Europe-headquartered Vion Ingredients for approximately €1.6 billion, creating the global leader in converting bio-nutrients streams into specialty products and ingredients for multiple industries.
Advising NEP Group Inc. on various transactions, including its recommended takeover of Avesco Group plc., acquisition of SIS Live, and the acquisition of joint control in NEP Inc. by Crestview Partners and Carlyle Group.
Advising Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation on its acquisition of the Akers business.
Advising Euro Car Parts on its acquisition of the Andrew Page Business, seeking consent from the Competition and Markets Authority and involving an initial enforcement order.
Advising Formula One Management on various competition law matters.
Advising Halliburton on competition law matters relating to complex commercial arrangements and agreements.
Advising leading medical solutions provider Mölnlycke on various matters, including public procurement involving the NHS Supply Chain and competition law review of its commercial relationships.
Advising EuroChem on its fertilizer production joint venture with Migao Corp.
Advising a leading media company in a high-profile Phase II merger review by the then Competition Commission, being the second ever “fast-track” reference case and involving the third public interest intervention in history by the UK Secretary of State fo
Advising a major international chemicals company on its formal response to the preliminary findings of the Ukraine Competition Authority regarding alleged abuse of dominance.
Advising numerous trade associations in various industries including metals, real estate and technology on EU and national competition law.
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