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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.
- 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.
- Solicitor, England & Wales
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