Simon Priddis is managing partner of Freshfields’ London antitrust, competition and trade practice. He assists clients 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’s clients cross financial services (stock exchanges, insurance and reinsurance, investment/retail banking, and asset management), pharmaceutical and healthcare (R&D ventures, biotech, distribution, patent regime), and telecoms, media and technology.
Key matters include advising: Muller Wiseman Dairies on its proposed acquisition of certain dairy businesses from Dairy Crest; Betfair on its proposed merger with Paddy Power; AstraZeneca on its defence against Pfizer Inc.’s hostile approach; Smith and Nephew on its acquisition of Arthrocare; Spire Healthcare Group Plc on the private healthcare market investigation (including successful appeal of the Competition Commission’s evidence disclosure) and its acquisition of St Anthony’s Hospital, London; London Stock Exchange Group Plc on various acquisitions (Russell Investments, LCH.Clearnet Group) and on defending Article 102 litigation brought by PLUS Markets; a consortium of investment banks on the establishment of an FX trading platform; Lightcatch Limited (BetFred) on its acquisition of Totesport; Bank of Montreal on its acquisition of the F&C asset management business; Zipcar Inc on the acquisition of Streetcar Limited and on its acquisition by Avis; and WPP on the OFT market investigation into outdoor advertising.
Until December 2006, Simon held various senior positions at the OFT, including head of the mergers branch. He is a regular speaker and author on EU/UK competition matters. Simon is ranked in both Chambers and Who’s Who Legal.
Freshfields’ antitrust competition and trade practice comprises more than 50 partners and over 210 other specialists working worldwide to support our clients wherever and whenever they need us.
WWL says: Simon Priddis’ past experience at the UK regulator helps to make him a "tremendously effective" asset to his clients
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