John Davies is a partner at Freshfields and former co-head of the firm’s global antitrust, competition and trade group. He divides his time between the Brussels and London offices. He was previously the head of the group and served as managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office for over 10 years, having founded the office in 1989. Before joining Freshfields, John worked as a case officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition.
John’s practice focuses on competition and regulatory matters at both European and national levels, including the coordination of cases before several different competition authorities in major international transactions and investigations.
His recent experience includes representing AB InBev on the global regulatory aspects of its proposed acquisition of SAB Miller; Rexam on the European Commission’s Phase II enquiry into its proposed acquisition by Ball Corporation; and a global investment bank in the European Commission’s investigation into anti-competitive behaviour in credit default swap markets.
John is a visiting senior fellow at King’s College London and is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN). He is recognised as a leading competition law practitioner in the principal legal directories and a number of guides. John speaks English and French.
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