Simon Priddis is a partner in Freshfields' antitrust, competition and trade group. He practises across the full range of EU and UK competition law (merger control, Articles 101/102 and the equivalent UK legislation, and cartel investigations), and before EU and national regulators and courts.
Simon represents clients across a wide range of sectors and industries, including financial services (stock exchanges, re/insurance, investment and retail banking asset management), pharmaceutical and healthcare (R&D ventures, biotech, product development, distribution and specialist products), and telecoms, media and technology.
Simon's major matters include advising Spire Healthcare on the Competition Commission investigation into private healthcare; the London Stock Exchange on its proposed acquisition of LCH. Clearnet Group Ltd, its proposed acquisition of the Toronto Stock Exchange, its acquisition of Turquoise Trading and on the defence of Article 102 litigation brought by PLUS Markets; Lightcatch Ltd (Betfred) on its acquisition of Totesport; advising Zipcar Inc on its acquisition of Streetcar Limited and on Avis' offer to acquire Zipcar; WPP plc on the OFT's inquiry into outdoor advertising; acting for a pharmaceutical company subject to the European Commission's pharmaceutical sector inquiry; and various institutions on matters arising from the financial crisis, including RBS on the restructuring of Four Seasons Healthcare.
Until December 2006, Simon held various senior positions at the OFT, including head of the mergers branch, and, most recently, senior director of markets and projects. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on EU/UK competition matters, and has authored a number of publications on competition issues.
Freshfields' antitrust competition and trade practice comprises more than 50 partners and 260 specialists based in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the UK and the US. Our coverage of Asia, Europe and the US enables us to advise our clients in competition cases involving many jurisdictions around the world.
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