John Davies is an Executive Vice President with Compass Lexecon, based in Paris and London. He began his career in 1994 as a consulting economist specializing in regulation and competition, working on mergers (such as HP/Compaq), regulatory reviews in gas, electricity and airports and privatization of utilities.
John returned to consulting in 2016, after 12 years working in several public sector roles. He was Director of Economic Analysis and then Chief Economist at the UK Competition Commission (CC) from 2003 – 2008, leading the CC’s team of economists and responsible for economic analysis on all the CC’s cases, including the major Groceries, Airports and Payment Protection Insurance market investigations, merger investigations such as BSkyB/ITV, Somerfield/Morrisons and rail franchise mergers, as well as regulatory reviews in energy, telecoms and transport. John left the UK CC in 2008 to found the Competition Commission of Mauritius, where as Chief Executive he established the organization and led it through its first years of enforcing the new competition law in Mauritius.
In 2011, John moved to head the OECD’s competition division. He led the team in organizing regular ‘roundtable’ meetings of competition agency heads from around the world, including supervising the analytical papers produced for those events. John also led the OECD’s capacity-building programmes for newer agencies in Asia and Eastern Europe and advised Governments at ministerial level on competition policy.
Since joining Compass Lexecon, John has advised clients on mergers and abuse of dominance cases in the EU and UK, follow-on litigation for cartel damages and on matters relating to intellectual property rights and technical standards.