Gabriela R. Da Costa

Special Counsel

One New Change
London EC4M 9AF
DX: LDE No: 58 London/Chancery
Gabriela da Costa is a senior associate in the London office of K&L Gates' antitrust, competition and trade regulation practice group and a key member of the firm's cutting-edge e-commerce and vertical distribution practice.

Gabi’s niche e-commerce and selective distribution work is recognised in the Legal 500 2020 rankings, where she is named as a “Rising Star” in EU and Competition Law and described as a “unique” lawyer. She has previously been described as “incredibly efficient and very personable” in Legal 500; is ranked in the “Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders – Competition” 2017, 2018, and 2019 listings; and was nominated as a “Rising Star in Competition and Antitrust” by the 2018 Euromoney Expert Guides.

Gabi has led the design, implementation, execution, and enforcement of numerous high-profile European go-to-market strategies for major brands in the electronics, fashion, health care, home appliances, nutrition, pet product, and consumer goods sectors. She also coordinates significant global distribution projects across multiple regions, with the aim of achieving broad strategic consistency and legally enforceable tools against brand erosion and marketplace disruption worldwide.

Gabi has successfully defended a number of brand owners in challenges by the European competition authorities as well as third parties against their distribution practices. She is currently acting in the main online resale restrictions case in the United Kingdom in recent years, on appeal before the Court of Appeal. She has also represented numerous clients, including industry associations, in advocating their concerns and interests to the European Commission in the context of the e-commerce sector inquiry and the ongoing consultation into the EU competition rules on vertical agreements.


  • B.C.L., University of Oxford (2007)
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School (2010)


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
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