Pierre-André Dubois is the partner in charge of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s UK intellectual property and competition law group. The group’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property and information technology law, as well as UK and EU competition law. His work involves advising on hard IP issues (such as patent, trademarks and copyright); advising on commercial matters such as outsourcing agreements, licensing, distribution agreements, R&D agreements, manufacturing agreements and joint ventures. He advises regularly on data protection and privacy issues as well as new media issues. He deals with competition law matters in Europe and the UK such as complex merger clearance cases, abuse of dominant position and cartel. He provides pre-litigation advice and has handled contentious cases involving patent and trademark infringement, data protection, misappropriation of confidential information, IT contracts, commercial disputes as well as competition law. He has represented clients on numerous occasions before the European Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the German Federal Cartel Office, the High Court of England and Wales as well as before the European Patent Office, the UK Patent Office, OHIM and the Advertising Standards Association. His client base varies from large publicly traded companies to smaller UK and US-based enterprises and start-ups. A substantial amount of his work relates to providing strategic intellectual property and competition advice to private equity houses and investment banks.