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Compass Lexecon has been involved in many of the largest and most complex antitrust litigation and financial market cases over the past 30 years.

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06/10/19

On 16 April 2019, the CMA approved the acquisition of Exterion Media by Global Media & Entertainment Limited (Global) at Phase I, combining two of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the UK. Compass Lexecon experts worked closely with the legal...

04/23/19

Following a Phase I investigation, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared the acquisition by Marsh & McLennan Companies (“MMC”), one of the leading global insurance and reinsurance brokers, of Jardine Lloyd Thomson (“JLT”) conditional on the divestment of JLT’s global Aerospace...

07/06/18

In a landmark judgment on July 4, 2018, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales decided in favour of Compass Lexecon's clients on the lawfulness of interchange fees. The Court relied heavily on Compass Lexecon's Neil Dryden in its...

09/27/17

In February 2017, Integra LifeSciences agreed to buy Johnson & Johnson’s global neurosurgery business – branded Codman – for more than $1 billion. Both Integra and Codman are leading suppliers of neurosurgical products in the United States, with largely complementary...

01/06/17

In September 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) unconditionally approved, after a Phase II investigation, the merger between Cardtronics and DC Payments, both active in the provision of ATMs and related services in the United Kingdom. Compass Lexecon assisted...

01/15/16

In January 2016, the European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of beverage can manufacturer Rexam by its competitor Ball, subject to the divestment of 12 plants in the European Economic Area. In June 2016, the FTC cleared the proposed acquisition...

01/15/16

Compass Lexecon experts provide oral and written evidence in complex merger On January 15, 2016, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") unconditionally cleared the acquisition by BT Group plc ("BT") of EE Limited ("EE"). The £12.5 billion acquisition combines...

09/08/15

In September 2015, the Competition Tribunal of South Africa concluded that media firm Media24 had engaged in exclusionary behavior as it priced below the average total costs of its newspaper and in addition, had a plan of predation, thereby foreclosing...

07/17/15

In June 2015, the Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (the CAC) absolved Sasol Chemical Industries of the excessive pricing complaint against it. In doing so, the CAC overturned the decision of the Competition Tribunal. Compass Lexecon initially advised Sasol...

06/22/15

In June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accepted a plan for the proposed combined group to sell 16 pubs to pave the way for the anticipated acquisition by Greene King plc of Spirit Pub Company plc, both...

12/21/12

In December 2012, the UK Office of Fair Trading unconditionally approved a completed acquisition by Sports Direct of certain JJB Sports stores. This approval came two years after the UK Competition Commission had concluded that Sports Direct and JJB Sports...

09/14/12

In September 2012, the Dutch competition authority, the NMa, approved the planned joint venture between Buitenfood and Ad van Geloven subject to a rebranding remedy for Van Dobben meatballs and croquettes. A Compass Lexecon team including Neil Dryden, Enrique Andreu,...

05/17/12

In May 2012, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) closed an investigation into outdoor advertising. The OFT had opened a competition investigation into street furniture advertising contracts held by Clear Channel and JC Decaux following its 2011 market study...

12/12/11

Following a seven-year investigation, in 2010, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reached a decision that two tobacco manufacturers and ten retailers had entered into illegal vertical agreements whereby the retailers agreed to set their shelf prices for the...

08/30/11

Compass Lexecon experts Neil Dryden and Jon Orszag were retained by Level 3 and Global Crossing as part of the merger review process at the UK Office of Fair Trading and the U.S. Department of Justice. The parties overlapped in...

03/09/11

Compass Lexecon expert Neil Dryden was retained by Asda Wal-Mart in the context of its acquisition of Netto Foodstores Limited. Compass Lexecon assisted in analyzing approximately 12,000 face-to-face surveys and implementing a more complex form of the illustrative price rise...