Alex Potter is a partner in Freshfields’ London antitrust, competition and trade practice group. He is a specialist in EU and UK competition law, and in coordinating the review of international cases. Alex’s practice includes merger control, state aid law and competition enforcement actions brought by agencies. He has experience across a wide range of industries, including in the consumer goods, chemicals, health care, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, regulated utilities and defence sectors.
Alex has handled numerous matters before the European Commission and UK national authorities, such as advising: the Rank Group plc on obtaining clearance subject to remedies from the UK Competition Commission for the acquisition of Gala Casinos; Sara Lee on the disposal of its household and body care division, including the €1.2 billion sale of its global body care and European detergents business to Unilever, cleared subject to conditions after a Phase II review by the European Commission, and the €320 million sale of its air care business to Procter & Gamble, cleared unconditionally by the European Commission; Phoenix Natural Gas on the review by the UK Competition Commission of its price control determination by the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation; Northern Rock on the successful application for State aid clearance for the restructuring aid granted to Northern Rock by the UK government; and BAE Systems on obtaining EU merger clearance for its joint venture with VT Group to consolidate the UK naval shipyards.
In 2008–2009, Alex spent 18 months in our Beijing office as co-head of our China ACT group, leading the firm’s response to the introduction of the Anti-Monopoly Law in China.
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