John is a Senior Advisor in our Regulatory and Public Affairs practice. He is a former lawyer and was a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he founded and managed the Brussels office and led the Global Competition Practice. Prior to Freshfields, John worked as a case officer in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition.
John assists clients on the policy and communications aspects of competition and foreign investment challenges, drawing on his broad understanding of the drivers of competition and regulatory intervention in Europe and elsewhere, and his experience advising high-profile clients across different industries and jurisdictions. He works with colleagues in both London and Brussels on some of our clients’ most complex and contentious matters. John also works with our teams globally providing senior counsel to clients on regulatory challenges in the context of cross-border transactions and investigations.
John’s recent experience includes advising Telia of Sweden on its ultimately successful acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting following an in-depth investigation by the European Commission, another in-depth EC merger enquiry and current high profile antitrust investigations. John’s experience as a lawyer included Comcast on its bid for Sky TV in Europe and for the global assets of 21st Century Fox, and AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller both of which matters involved significant regulatory issues. He also represented a major investment bank during its successful defence of two European Commission investigations into alleged infringements in the credit default swaps market.
John was voted Antitrust Lawyer of the Year 2016 and received an Antitrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 both from Global Competition Review. He is a visiting senior fellow at King's College, University of London. He is also Chairman of UKLegalFuture and a member of the task force of the American Bar Association on public interest in merger control. For 20 years, he was the consulting editor of the leading publication on merger control, Getting the Deal Through: Merger Control.
Over the last two years, an important – if quiet– revolution has taken place. Expressed both through the adjustments made to the Enterprise Act 2002 and in the passage of the National Security and Investment Bill (now an Act), the UK Government has overhauled its apparatus for scrutinizing and intervening in deals on public interest grounds.
By John Davies
06 December 2021