While at CRA Simon has led the economic analysis on mergers before the European Commission and the UK competition authority, as well as several other jurisdictions worldwide (US, Australia, Singapore). He has provided economic advice on vertical agreements (including online distribution agreements, MFNs and retail price maintenance) and assessments of alleged abusive conduct and dominance, as well as regulatory submissions to the UK sector regulators.
Prior to joining CRA, Simon spent over five years at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and its predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading, where he directed the team of economists analysing UK mergers as Head of Merger Economics and was involved in most major merger decisions during his time there. Prior to this Simon was the lead economist on merger cases.
Following his time at the CMA, Simon was a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Government responsible for directing the economic analysis for UK consumer and competition policy, covering a wide range of issues including implementation of the damages directive, geo-blocking, competition issues with digital platforms and other Digital Single Market issues, competition in public sector markets, competition in the B2B supply chain, and the Consumer Rights Act. In this position, he was also responsible for UK economic regulation policy and sponsorship of Ofcom (on postal issues) and the UK Regulators Network.
Simon has led or directed the analysis across a wide range of cases and sectors, including for example: platform/digital markets (e.g. Google/Waze), local/retail markets (e.g. Pure Gym/The Gym, Breedon/Aggregate Industries, Cineworld/Picturehouse, Rank/Gala), fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. Diageo/United, Unilever/Alberto Culver, Barr/Britvic), transport (e.g. Ryanair/Aer Lingus, Eurotunnel/MyFerryLink), financial markets (e.g. LSE/LCH.Clearnet, ICE/APX-Endex, Blackrock/Credit Suisse ETFs), and media markets (e.g. Local World, Kent Messenger/Northcliffe).
Recent project experience:
easyJet’s acquisition of Air Berlin gets clearance from European Commission (12/12/2017)
DFS and Sofology merger cleared in Phase 1 with no remedies (20/11/2017)
Just Eat’s acquisition of Hungryhouse cleared after Phase 2 review (16/11/2017)
Commitments accepted in online auction platforms antitrust investigation (29/7/2017)
Settlement of antitrust investigation in the light fittings sector (3/5/2017)
UK Competition Appeals Tribunal upholds CMA decision to prohibit ICE/Trayport (8/3/2017) (see CRA Competition News)
Abbott/Alere cleared by EC, subject to conditions (25/1/2017)
CMA unconditionally clears Cineworld acquisition of 5 Empire cinemas in Phase I (12/12/2016)
Ofcom decides not to impose changes to triple-play switching process (15/12/2016) (submission page 89-)
CMA prohibits ICE/Trayport vertical merger (18/10/16) (see ICE/Trayport in CMA Doldrums)
CMA gives final approval for Tullet Prebon’s acquisition of ICAP’s global broking business (13/9/2016)
CMA clears Tullett Prebon/ICAP Merger in Phase One (4/8/2016)
The Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry – Time to change presumptions on vertical restraints?
Competition Law & Policy Debate, 2017
The decision to investigate mergers in the UK’s voluntary regime (available for download here)
Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 2017