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, then spent 12 years working in 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 around 50 mergers including Safeway/Morrisons, BSkyB/ITV and EWS/Marcroft.
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 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.
He recently led Compass Lexecon teams advising on the following mergers:
- Neles/Valmet (2022), industrial machinery, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.
- Thermo-Fisher/PPD (2021), scientific testing equipment, cleared Phase I by EC and UK CMA.
- PKN Orlen/Lotos (2020), cleared (Phase 2) after one of the longest reviews in EC history.
- eBay/Adevinta (2020), online advertising, cleared in UK, Germany and Austria.
- GSK/Pfizer (2019), health products, EC and worldwide
He has advised clients including Spotify, Amazon, Vodacom, Epic Games, Aspen Pharmaceutical, Teva Pharmaceutical and others on abuse of dominance cases.
He has provided expert testimony on behalf of both defendants and claimants in cartel follow-on damages cases in the UK, particularly in relation to power cables and to multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) on card payments.
He has advised clients throughout market inquiries conducted by the CMA, notably in the tech sector in the CMA’s investigations of online advertising and music streaming.