John Davies
The increase in government intervention in deal-making is a real phenomenon. The interface between the public affairs and legal issues can be a critical factor in securing a successful outcome. Joining Brunswick is an exciting opportunity for me to continue to help clients manage those challenges - but through a public affairs lens.

John Davies

Senior Advisor

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 regulatory experience includes advising 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 recently 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 by global competition review. He is a visiting senior fellow at King's College, University of London, and is a nongovernmental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN). He is also Chairman on 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.

London office:

16 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3ED
United Kingdom 

Brussels office:

Avenue des Arts 27
1040 Brussels
Belgium