Andrew is a Brussels-based partner in Freshfields’ antitrust group. Andrew has represented companies, governments and international organisations on a range of competition and state aid issues since 1989. He has considerable experience of high-profile, multi-jurisdictional mergers and joint ventures as well as licensing, distribution, cartel and market dominance issues across a number of industrial and financial sectors.
He represented Rolls-Royce at the time of the Commission’s prohibition of the GE/Honeywell merger and Alcan on its acquisitions of Alusuisse and Pechiney. More recently he advised Alcan on its successful defence of the Alcoa hostile takeover bid and later on the agreed offer by Rio Tinto; and Rolls-Royce on its acquisition of Tognum and the subsequent sale of its GT energy business to Siemens. Most recently, Andrew helped steer the merger of the UK’s two specialist enhanced annuity providers (Just Retirement and Partnership) to an unconditional approval.
He advised Rio Tinto Alcan on its settlement of claims by the European Commission regarding its licensing of smelter technology. Andrew also represented Visa Europe in its settlement of proceedings regarding Visa’s payment card interchange fees.
In the state aid arena, Andrew advised BNFL on a number of proceedings including the restructuring of the UK nuclear industry; and the Bank of England in respect of its financial crisis stabilisation measures.
Andrew was educated at Bristol University and the College of Europe. He has also taught EU law at the College of Europe, HEC in Paris and King's College London. He sits on the editorial board of the European Competition Journal and on the Scientific Committee of the GCLC.
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