James Ashe-Taylor

James Ashe-Taylor is a member of the firm’s Antitrust Litigation and Counseling Practice Group. His practice focuses on competition law at European Community level and in the United Kingdom. He specialises in merger control, state aid and the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution and agency agreements. He has significant experience in European cartel investigations with a private US litigation dimension and has represented clients (both companies and individuals) in a number of recent prominent cases (rubber chemicals, grocery retailing, marine hose, air cargo). He is a leading expert on EU payments legislation, is a frequent speaker at Fintech conferences, and mentors start-up companies in the Fintech sector.  A former barrister, Mr. Ashe-Taylor advises on antitrust litigation and has also represented clients before the UK VAT and Duties Tribunal.

Recent Representations

  • acting for Zoopla on its acquisition of Digital Property Group;
  • acting for Vivendi on its acquisition of See Tickets;
  • acting for Ticketmaster on its merger with Live Nation (OFT and Competition Commission investigations);
  • advising Hewlett Packard on its acquisition of Autonomy plc;
  • acting for Watson Wyatt on its merger with Towers Perrin;
  • acting for Delta Air Lines in relation to the investigation of the SkyTeam Alliance by the European Commission;
  • acting for a Japanese client in relation to the marine hose cartel investigation;
  • acting for a major US branded goods manufacturer in relation to the OFT investigation of the UK grocery retailing sector.
  • Mr Ashe-Taylor’s other recent representations include significant matters on behalf of Amazon, AT&T, Cardtronics, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Euronet Worldwide, Investcorp, Marriott International, Pfizer-Wyeth, Walmart and Which?.

Mr. Ashe-Taylor was recommended as a leading lawyer for Competition/Antitrust: non-contentious by Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? for the seventh consecutive year (2006-2012). Before joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Ashe-Taylor was partner in charge of a major international law firm’s London and Brussels offices. He was previously partner in charge of the European antitrust practice of a leading Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to that, he spent two years at JP Morgan, Inc. in London and New York. He is fluent in French and German.

James Ashe-Taylor's Publications & Speeches

Assessing how Brexit will affect antitrust litigation and payment services in the UK

BrightTalk webinar, July 2016

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Compliance programmes and cartel convictions

Talk presented at the law firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in Tokyo, Japan.

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Antitrust Mediation

Global Competition Litigation Review (Volume 8, Issue 4, 2015)

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The MasterCard ECJ Judgment: What does it mean for the litigation and regulatory challenges facing payment cards?

Webinar; London, England, and Brussels, Belgium (October 9, 2014).

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Antitrust Litigation: Bridging the Divide

Presentation at the offices of Constantine Cannon, London, England (July 16, 2014).

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Due Process: What Does It Mean in a Divided World?

Competition Law in Transition: Trends and Challenges (Dubrovnik, June 2011)

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Recent Developments in UK and EC Merger Control

speech to the Japanese Fair Trade Commission, Tokyo (October 2010)

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Competition Law and the Banking Crisis: Eighteen Months On

Paper delivered to State Aid, Merger Control and Anti-Competitive Practices Conference (Lexis Nexis) (October 2009)

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Antitrust Interest in Private Equity

Business Law International (IBA) (May 2008)

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Recent Developments in Antitrust Enforcement in the Energy Sector

Emart Conference, Berlin (October 2006)

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Contributing Author to "Antitrust Year-in-Review"

IBC Competition Law Conference (May 2006)

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EU Competition Law and Third-party Access to Gas Transmission Networks

Utilities Law Review, (June 2005)

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The Criminal Aspects of UK Cartel Investigations

Chair (May 2005)

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The Urge to Merge vs. The Need to Merge

speech delivered at IBC Communications and EC Competition Law Conference (2004)

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Structuring, Negotiating & Implementing Strategic Alliances

Chairs: James Ashe-Taylor, Kenneth A. Clark. (Practising Law Institute, 2003)

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The Future of Tax Policy in the EU—From 'Harmful' Tax Competition to EU Corporate Tax Reform

report of the CEPS Tax Task Force. Centre for European Policy Studies (2000)

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