Since 2006, David has worked with DFDL and is currently Regional Competition Counsel and Senior Consultant based in Phnom Penh.   David previously worked with two leading Canadian competition law firms.   David focuses on competition law but also assists with consumer protection, telecommunications and commercial law matters.

David regularly writes and speaks on competition law and policy including training and advising public officials and companies across the region.

David received his B.A. (economics) from the University of Toronto and his J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School.  Since 1997, he has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Competition Law

Course Modalities: 

Hourly Volume: 25 hours;

Scheduled: February;

Programs: International Executive Master in International Business Law (ULB), Year 2; International Master in Public International Law (Paris 8), Year 2. 

Course Overview: This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of competition law with a specific focus on the regulatory framework in the EU, North American, and Southeast Asian legal systems. It looks into deeply the three main pillars of anti-trust law – namely mergers, abuse of dominance, and anti-competitive agreements – as a basis for providing students with up-to-date sharpened analytical tools to be used in their future professional environments.  

Course Structure: 

Module 1 Basic Principles

  • Why do we care
  • Competition law vs. Competition Policy
  • Common Elements of Competition Laws
  • Purposes/Purposes Clauses 
  • Sectoral Issues and Overlap
  • International Aspects

Module 2Fundamental Concepts

  • Horizontal vs. Vertical 
  • Market Definition
  • Market Power
  • Economics 

Module 3Three Pillars of Competition Law

  • Mergers
  • Abuse of Dominance
  • Anti-competitive Agreements

Module 4Unfair Trade Practices

  • Concept of UTP and common concerns
  • Overlaps with 3 Pillars and Consumer Protection

Module 5Cambodian Regulatory Regime

  • Review of Law on Competition
  • Next Steps

Assessment: TBA