John Boyce studied at King's College London and at Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He joined Slaughter and May in 1985, became a partner in 1994 and has been based in the firm's Brussels office since 1996.
Since the adoption of the Merger Regulation in 1989 he has regularly been involved in the notification of deals to the European Commission for a broad range of clients. Phase II cases include acting for Bertelsmann on the Sony/BMG case and on the disposal of its music publishing interests (to Vivendi/Universal), as well as deals such as Ball/Rexam, Cargill/Degussa, IBM/Telelogic and SC Johnson/Sara Lee. He has also advised on many cases where the parties have been able to secure Phase I clearances by offering commitments (such as AkzoNobel/ICI, IAG/Aer Lingus, IAG/bmi, Intel/McAfee, Linde/BOC, Medtronic/Covidien, Procter & Gamble/Gillette, Reckitt Benckiser/SSL and Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies), as well as several cases where the parties have successfully used the Article 4(4) and 4(5) pre-notification procedures.
He acted for British Airways on the Commission's investigation into its transatlantic joint venture with American Airlines and Iberia. He has also acted in many UK merger and behavioural inquiries. Industry inquiries and cartel investigations he has advised on have covered a wide range of industries, from chemicals, car parts and consumer goods to financial services and the IT sector.
His practice also involves contentious work, including national court proceedings as well as pending cartel investigations by the European Commission and CMA. His experience before the General Court in Luxembourg includes successful appeals in merger, state aid and cartel cases and in parallel trade matters.
John is a contributing author to Bellamy & Child (European Union Law of Competition, 7th edition, Spring 2013), Chapter on Merger Control. He is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) in the Competition/European Law sections of Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, and in the EU Competition Section of IFLR 1000.
John is fluent in French.
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