Mat Hughes is a managing director in AlixPartners’ European competition practice, which is part of a broader litigation practice. He has over 25 years of experience as an antitrust economist and in dealing with European and UK competition authorities and specialist utility regulators in relation to all aspects of competition law.
Mat started his career as an economist at the UK Office of Fair Trading, and until March 2013 was chief economist at Ashurst LLP. Mat was described in the economists’ section of Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2015 “as one of the foremost competition economists in the UK”.
Mat is acting in relation to the European Commission’s ongoing investigations of the Credit Default Swap market and e-books. He is also acting in relation to a number of competition damages cases, including for two international car/truck companies and in relation to a pharmaceutical “pay for delay” case, and secured a damages settlement in relation to the polyurtherane foam cartel in 2015.
Mat has acted for clients before the Competition and Market Authority (CMA)/Competition Commission (CC) on more than 30 cases covering detailed phase-two merger and market investigations, as well as on a very large number of first phase mergers. For example, Mat is acting before the CMA in relation to its market investigations relating to personal current accounts and SME banking, acted before the CMA in relation to its private motor insurance investigation, and in relation to the CC’s Groceries investigation and in the subsequent remittal. As regards mergers, Mat acted on Ballyclare/LHD (CMA), Imerys/Goovean (CC), Kemira/GrowHow (CC), Billerud/Kinnervik (DG Comp), P&O/Stena (CC), Sky/ITV (CC), Arla/Milk Link (DG Comp), Ahlens/NK (Sweden second stage) and Edmundson Electrical/Electric Center (OFT).
Mat has a BA degree in economics and accountancy from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and an MSc in economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Mat has written and spoken widely on competition matters. This includes a series of articles on the economics of EU and UK merger control in ICLG’s Comparative Legal Guide to International Merger Control, including a chapter on “The Economics of Retailer Mergers” in the 2016 edition, and co-authoring the leading book on UK merger control (Parr, Finbow and Hughes).
He has also written about the importance and application of economic evidence in standalone private actions in the UK courts from 2010 to 2014, a practical guide to the assessment of damages under UK and EC competition law, the certification of claims by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal as eligible for inclusion in collective proceedings, and on the assessment of unilateral public price announcements.
WWL says: Mat Hughes is commended by corporates and legal counsel alike for his "commercial instincts coupled with tremendous expertise"
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