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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.
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.