Ian is an antitrust and competition lawyer based in London. He focuses in advising on all aspects of competition law with a particular focus on competition and cartel investigations and merger control.
Ian has been involved in numerous significant cases in recent years, including acting for Asda in the UK Tobacco investigation and successful appeal; acting for PwC in the UK Audit market investigation; securing EU and other global merger control clearances in Delta/Virgin Atlantic and the $13.6 billion Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies transaction; and representing Stena in securing unconditional clearance before the Competition Commission in Stena/DFDS. Ian has also acted for parties in cartel investigations in the air passenger, air freight; groceries and freight forwarding sectors before UK, EU and other global regulators.
Ian was Assistant Director of Competition Policy at the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2008-9, which gives him particular insights as to the regulatory approach and perspective.
Ian is a frequent speaker and author on competition issues, has been an Editor of Butterworth’s Competition Law and is an active member of the UK International Chamber of Commerce Competition Group. Ian is also a regular media commentator, including with the BBC, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Guardian.
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March 23, 2017
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February 01, 2017
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is currently advising on three takeover offers for Avesco Group plc, Lavendon Group plc and Creston plc..
November 24, 2016
Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has advised SAS, the Scandinavian airline, on the exchange of two sets of weekly take-off and landing slot pairs at Londo.
March 19, 2015