Darach Connolly leads DLA Piper’s EU and Irish competition and regulatory practice in Ireland. He has extensive experience advising international and domestic clients at EU and Irish level.

For competition rules, he advises on a wide range of issues including EU and national merger control, EU and Irish market investigations, cartel proceedings, distribution and licensing agreements, abuse of dominance, competition complaints and actions for damages. Most recently, Darach has led on the interaction between competition law and the sustainability agenda.

For regulatory issues, he has detailed experience covering public procurement and State aid rules as well in-depth sector knowledge in the areas of air transport, telecommunications and audio-visual services. In addition, in the Life Sciences sector, Darach has advised on complex medical product and device rules, COVID-19 related issues and healthcare services, including complaints to DG Sante.

Darach sits on the Committee of the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) and is Recommended by Global Competition Review (GCR).