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Competition - Economists 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matt Hunt is “a standout economist” praise sources who credit his “great work ethic”, adding that he is “very hardworking and diligent”.

Biography

Matt Hunt is a managing director and partner at AlixPartners. He has over 18 years’ experience advising clients on complex competition and regulatory matters that often require testimony in court. He has served as an expert in cases in the English High Court, Irish High Court, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, and Hong Kong courts and he regularly submits expert reports to regulatory authorities and competition authorities. Matt leads AlixPartners economics work in the telecoms, media and technology sectors and has significant experience in financial services, electricity, healthcare and gambling sectors.

Matt has led teams of economists defending clients in major Article 101 and 102 cases such as Slovak Telekom (margin squeeze and refusal to supply) and Telefónica UK (alleged excessive pricing). He has also advised numerous major companies on bringing competition complaints to authorities or the courts, or in defending actions in court.

He has worked on several patent and copyright cases in the English High Court. These include: representing HTC on Philips v HTC, a standard-essential patents/FRAND case; representing a major international handset manufacturer on another SEP/FRAND case; and acting as a testifying expert for Sports Information Services Ltd on a copyright infringement case related to horse racing betting information.

Matt has a strong track record leading the economic advice on mergers and joint ventures. This has included securing the unconditional clearance at phase II of BT/EE (for EE’s owners Deutsche Telekom and Orange), specifying the network sharing theories of harm on Hutchison 3G UK/Telefónica UK (for a third party), and obtaining unconditional clearance at Phase II for Vodafone UK/Everything Everywhere/Telefónica UK.

In the telecoms sector, he has extensive expertise and knowledge of regulatory issues and supports clients in appeals of regulatory decisions regarding, inter alia, spectrum auctions, price controls, interconnection and universal service. For example, Matt was the joint expert for all four UK mobile operators regarding a dispute at the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal over interconnection charges and an expert for eir in the Irish High Court regarding an appeal of a ComReg decision on universal service.

Matt has worked in several jurisdictions outside Europe, including leading the advice to OFCA, the Hong Kong Communications Authority, on several cases that included providing expert evidence for an appeal of a decision regarding alleged excessive pricing. Recently he has also advised a major DRAM supplier related to an antitrust investigation by the SAMR, the Chinese antitrust authority. 

Matt has published articles on industrial organisation in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Competition Law & Economics and Telecommunications Policy. He holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and an MPhys in physics (with first class) from the University of Oxford.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sources "highly recommend" Matt Hunt for his depth of expertise in economic matters, particularly in relation to the TMT sector.

Biography

Matt Hunt is a managing director and partner at AlixPartners. He has over 18 years’ experience advising clients on competition, regulatory and litigation issues and regularly submits expert economic evidence to competition authorities, regulatory authorities and courts. Matt leads AlixPartners economics work in the telecoms, media and technology sectors and also has significant experience in financial services, electricity, healthcare and gambling sectors.

Matt has led teams of economists defending clients in major article 101 and 102 cases such as Slovak Telekom (margin squeeze and refusal to supply) and Telefónica UK (alleged excessive pricing). He has also advised numerous major companies on bringing competition complaints to authorities or the courts, or in defending actions in court.

He has a strong track record leading the economic advice on mergers and joint ventures. This has included securing the unconditional clearance at Phase II of BT/EE (for EE’s owners Deutsche Telekom and Orange), specifying the network sharing theories of harm on Hutchison 3G UK/ Telefónica UK (for a third party), and getting unconditional clearance at Phase II for Vodafone UK/Everything Everywhere/Telefónica UK (for the joint venture parties). Matt has also led teams on several mobile and fixed telecoms mergers across Europe, including Deutsche Telekom/GTS, which was unconditionally cleared by the Commission at Phase I.

In the telecoms sector, he has extensive expertise and knowledge of regulatory issues and supports clients in appeals of regulatory decisions regarding, inter alia, spectrum auctions, price controls, interconnection and universal service. For example, Matt was the joint expert for all four UK mobile operators regarding a dispute at the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal over interconnection charges and an expert for eir in the Irish High Court regarding an appeal of a ComReg decision on universal service.

Matt has worked in several jurisdictions outside Europe, including leading the advice to OFCA, the Hong Kong Communications Authority, on several cases that included providing expert evidence for an appeal of a decision regarding alleged excessive pricing.

Matt has published academic articles on industrial organisation in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Competition Law & Economics and Telecommunications Policy. He holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and an MPhys in Physics from the University of Oxford.

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