Ken Daly


KEN DALY focuses his practice on EU competition and EU regulatory matters across a wide variety of industries and business sectors, including film, music, media, broadcasting, professional and financial services, pharmaceuticals, sports, consumer goods, automotive parts and transport.

Ken has over 20 years’ experience in competition law, including advising on European Commission investigations in cartel and abuse of dominance cases, advisory work in relation to selling practices and market behavior, and all aspects of competition litigation. He is an experienced advocate and has advised clients in a variety of high-profile cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities and has represented clients in litigation before the EU Courts and national courts of EU Member States.

In addition to his case work, a significant part of Ken’s practice relates to advising companies on how to interpret and navigate the EU’s law-making processes and regulatory regimes, including how to participate in the development of EU policy. 

Ken’s practice includes advising on EU legal issues related to media, entertainment and sports, and he regularly counsels clients in contentious and non-contentious matters involving the protection and exploitation of intellectual property, the sale of media rights, single supply arrangements, governance issues, disputes, EU free movement rules, and disciplinary and regulatory investigations, as well as in relation to drafting and litigating commercial agreements.

Ken served a four-year term as Secretary General to the International Court of Appeal of the world motorsports regulator, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

He has written extensively on EU law and policy topics, including distribution, competition law criminalization, cartel enforcement and sports law. Ken is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences, including those organized by the American Bar Association, the Antitrust and Trade Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the IBA’s Global Forum for Competition Policy and the IBA’s Eastern European Forum. 

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) awarded Ken the “Research and Policy Award” for his work on third party litigation financing and class actions, as well as helping guide ILR’s efforts in the EU and the UK at its 17th Annual Legal Reform Summit. 

Strong leadership in advising clients has earned Ken acknowledgement in industry publications. He features prominently in the competition rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who's Who Legal. Most recently, sources from Chambers Europe 2016 said that Ken is an “outstanding lawyer.” He is also described by clients in Who’s Who Legal 2016: “He is doing great work,” “I would hire him in a heartbeat.” Previously, sources have commented that Ken has “an incredible knowledge of the law, and is also very responsive” (Chambers Europe 2015), “ ‘intrinsically understands a client’s needs’, is ‘diplomatic’ and ‘well connected’” (The Legal 500 EMEA 2014), and that he is a “superior analytical thinker” (Chambers Europe 2013) and “an incredibly bright lawyer, who provides very polished work extremely quickly” (Chambers Global 2012).


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Memberships & Activities
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • American Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales European Group
  • British Association of Sports Lawyers
Pro Bono
Ken is involved in the firm’s Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program, which provides free legal support to eligible small and medium-sized for-profit enterprises and market-focused NGOs and non-profits that have a clear social impact in developing countries across Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
News & Achievements
  • “The Magna Carta, 800 Years Later: Rule of Law or Rule of Lawyers?,” ILR’s Legal Reform Summit, October 27, 2015