Derek Holt

Derek Holt
6 New Street Square


Who's Who Legal Competition: Economists

Derek has represented numerous clients before the European Commission, national competition authorities, infrastructure regulators and courts in matters relating to restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance, and market investigations. He has particular experience in the utilities, aviation, financial services, telecoms and automotive sectors.

Derek has appeared as a testifying expert economist on several matters including on behalf of Visa Inc before the UK High Court in Arcadia et al v Visa; on behalf of Verizon UK, Virgin Media and Vodafone before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in relation to a dispute on wholesale Ethernet charges (British Telecommunications plc v Ofcom); and before the South African Competition Tribunal on behalf of the South African Competition Commission (SACC v South African Airways). He was the expert on behalf of the claimants in a cartel damages matter before the CAT (Peugeot SA v SKF et al) and acts as expert for Visa in the European Commission’s ongoing article 101 investigation into multilateral interchange fees. Derek was also the testifying expert on behalf of Ping before the CAT in relation to an appeal of a CMA decision that its restriction of online sales is anticompetitive.

He provided evidence as an economic expert in several price control inquiries before the CMA, including on behalf of BSkyB and Talk Talk in each of Local Loop Unbundling and Wholesale Broadband Access; as well as on behalf of British Gas in British Gas v Ofgem, the first third-party appeal of an Ofgem charge control. He has also presented evidence before the French postal regulator and the European Parliament in relation to universal service obligations in postal services.

Derek has acted as expert adviser in relation to regulatory investigations, arbitrations and competition litigation matters including in the pay TV, automotive parts, mobile payments, postal delivery services, airports, airlines and energy sectors.

Derek has previously acted in a range of market investigations carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority and its predecessors, including PCAs and Small Business Banking, Payday loans, Aggregates and Cement, BAA Airports and Rolling stock leasing. He has also advised in relation to mergers and acquisitions in the airports, energy networks, fuel services, telecoms and forestry sectors.

Derek holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, a BA (honours) in Economics and Finance from McGill University.

Derek frequently presents at conferences on competition and litigation matters including estimation of damages, the use of economics in court cases, and developments in regulatory economics.

WWL says: Derek Holt is a noted specialist in European competition policy where he regularly appears before the regulatory authorities on numerous complex matters.

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