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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition - Economists 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Liam Colley is "articulate and very well informed" and "is always on top of the key issues".  

Peers and clients say:
"Everyone thinks very highly of Liam; he is a very persuasive and compelling individual."
"He is a terrific public speaker."

Biography

Liam is global head of economics consulting at AlixPartners, and has over 25 years' experience in economics consulting, specialising in competition, and competition litigation. Liam was described in Global Competition Review as having "earned an excellent reputation among his peers and clients", and in Who’s Who Legal as "praised for the unassailable quality of his work" and for “his impressive testimony in competition cases”.

Liam has represented numerous clients before the European Commission and national competition authorities, regulators and courts on the full range of competition issues, in particular in the financial services, telecoms, media, technology and automotive sectors.

Liam has acted as expert economist before the UK High Court and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on many antitrust damages matters including NHS & Ors v Reckitt Benckiser; WM Newson & Ors v IMI plc and Boliden AB; Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK Ltd & Ors v Pilkington Group Ltd & Ors; BMW AG v MOL, K-line & Ors; Hilding Anders International AB & Ors v Vita Cellular Foams (UK) Ltd & Ors; and Graiseley Properties Ltd & Ors v Barclays Bank plc (the Libor ‘test case’). He has also acted on successful regulatory appeals at the CAT for BSkyB in BSkyB & Ors v Ofcom (pay-TV appeal) and for Lloyds Banking Group in Barclays Bank plc & Ors v Competition Commission.

Liam has wide experience estimating damages in both a competition and a commercial litigation context (including class action) and has worked on a significant number of both stand-alone and follow-on actions in abuse of dominance cases. Other cartel damages matters include FX, aluminium warehousing, trucks, LCD, air cargo, occupant safety systems, automotive lighting, HVAC, wire harnesses, starters and alternators, smart card chip, construction, recruitment and flat glass.

Liam has advised clients on a wide range of market inquiries including retail banking, cash savings, credit information, payment protection insurance, motor insurance, audit, new cars and buses, and has worked on a significant number of merger cases at both the national and EC level, in particular on cases involving deployment of efficiency and failing firm evidence.

Liam holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from Birkbeck College London, an MA in EC competition law (with merit) from King's College London, and a BA in economics in EC competition law (with merit) from King's College London, and a BA in economics from the University of Sussex. Liam is an active member of the competition law forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and he has written and spoken widely on competition and litigation matters.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Liam Colley stands out among peers as “a great public speaker” and a “very persuasive and compelling” economist. One commentator says, “Everyone thinks very highly of him.”

Biography

Liam is global head of economics consulting at AlixPartners, and co-leads the firm’s investigations, disputes and risk practice in EMEA. He has over 23 years' experience in economics consulting, specialising in competition, litigation, regulation and strategy. Liam was described in Global Competition Review's Economics 20 as having "earned an excellent reputation among his peers and clients", and in Who’s Who Legal as "praised for the unassailable quality of his work" and for “his impressive testimony in competition cases”.

Liam has represented numerous clients before the European Commission and national competition authorities, regulators and courts on the full range of competition issues in many industries, in particular financial services, telecoms, media, technology and automotive.

Liam has acted as expert economist before the UK High Court and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on many antitrust damages matters including Graiseley Properties Ltd & Ors v Barclays Bank plc (the Libor ‘test case’); NHS & Ors v Reckitt Benckiser; WM Newson & Ors v IMI plc and Boliden AB; Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK Ltd & Ors v Pilkington Group Ltd & Ors; Peugeot SA & Ors v NSK & Ors; and Hilding Anders International AB & Ors v Vita Cellular Foams (UK) Ltd & Ors. He has also acted on successful regulatory appeals at the CAT for BSkyB in BSkyB & Ors v Ofcom (pay-TV appeal) and for Lloyds Banking Group in Barclays Bank plc & Ors v Competition Commission

Liam has wide experience estimating damages in both a competition and a commercial litigation context (including class action) and has worked on a significant number of cartel matters including polyurethane foam, air cargo, automotive bearings, roll-on roll-off car carriers, automotive lighting, HVAC, starters and alternators, copper tubes, construction, auto-glass, recruitment, LCD and flat glass.

Liam has advised clients on a wide range of market inquiries including retail banking, payment protection insurance, motor insurance, audit, new cars and buses. He has acted in various abuse of dominance cases including in stand-alone and follow-on actions, and has worked on a significant number of merger cases at both the national and EC level.

Liam holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from Birkbeck College London, an MA in EC competition law (with merit) from King's College London, and a BA in economics from the University of Sussex. Liam is an active member of the Competition Law Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and he has written and spoken widely on competition and litigation matters.

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