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.
There are over 140 jurisdictions around the world now applying merger control (antitrust/competition) rules to transactions. .
October 19, 2017
There are over 140 jurisdictions around the world now applying merger control (antitrust/competition) rules to transactions, as well as an increasing number of foreign investment regimes..
October 19, 2017
On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its preliminary ruling in Case C-230/16 Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH. The ECJ confirmed that a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit authorised retailers from selling its products on third party platforms, such as Amazon and eBay. This ruling brings much needed certainty for manufacturers seeking to protect the ‘luxury image’ of their luxury and prestige products through selective distribution systems..
December 07, 2017
In March 2017, the European Commission (Commission) cleared the $130 billion merger of Dow and DuPont after receiving substantial commitments from the agrochemical companies..
November 06, 2017
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has been appointed as one of two firms to the global panel of DNV GL (the merged Det Norske Veritas and Germanisher Llloyd)..
August 09, 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