Alistair Lindsay practises exclusively in competition law, specialising in merger control, cartels/restrictive agreements, and abuse of market power.
He is the author of “The EU Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues” (Sweet and Maxwell; 4th ed, 2012, jointly with Alison Berridge), which was described by a leading partner in a review as a “masterpiece“.
He was twice listed as one of the top 40 antitrust lawyers in the world aged under 40 by Global Competition Review.
He was a partner in Allen & Overy LLP from 2001 to 2009.
He is described by Legal 500 (October 2014) as “a brilliant barrister“.
- Merger Control
Alistair advises extensively on merger cases at the Competition and Markets Authority, on appeal, and under the EUMR.
His recent work at the CMA includes:
- Alliance Medical / IBA Molecular (cleared in phase 2)
- WGSN / Stylesight (the largest transaction that has been cleared in phase 1 under the de minimis exception)
- East of England Pathology JV (structured to fall outside UK merger control; FNTQ)
- Eurotunnel / SeaFrance (original consideration and on remittal)
- North London Pathology JV (cleared in phase 1)
- AG Barr / Britvic (cleared in phase 2)
- Poole Hospital / Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals
His recent mergers appeal cases include:
- GET v. Competition and Markets Authority (pending; meaning of “enterprise“)
- AzkoNobel v. Competition Commission (meaning of “carrying on business” for the purposes of s. 86(1) Enterprise Act 2002)
- Eurotunnel v. Competition Commission (right to fair hearing)
- Global Radio v. Competition Commission (meaning of “substantial lessening of competition”)
- Ryanair v. OFT (whether investigation time barred)
- Eventim v. Competition Commission (Competition Commission report quashed by consent)
- Cartels / Restrictive Agreements
Alistair’s recent cases include:
- Skyscanner v. CMA (duty to investigate complaints)
- Gallaher v. OFT (extension of time for appealing)
- Nokia v. Samsung SDI (defending follow-on claims)
- Perindopril (EU)
- LIBOR (EU)
- Abuse of Dominance
Alistair has extensive experience of abuse of dominance cases before competition authorities and in court, with a particular expertise in pharmaceuticals.
His recent cases include:
- HOTT v. ABP (defending abuse of dominance claims in ports sector: High Court/CA)
- Mesalazines (advising Procter & Gamble on OFT’s abuse of dominance investigation; case closed)
- Gaviscon (advising Reckitt Benckiser on the OFT’s investigation (settled) and follow-on claims)
- What the Directories Say
Competition Law: “He has an immense ability to rapidly grasp the most complex factual issues and translate them into clear, concise and compelling analysis and arguments.” – Chambers UK, 2018
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘He has a complete grasp of the law, meticulous attention to detail and a down-to-earth approach.’’ – Legal 500, 2017
Competition – Future Leaders 2017: Barristers Analysis: “Alistair Lindsay wins praise for having an “absolutely superb knowledge of the law”. He possesses “considerable experience across a range of areas of competition law” and clients recommend him for his “practical and reassuringly calm manner”, which makes him “very pleasant to work with”.” – WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL), 2017
Competition Law: “He has a very sharp intellect and fantastic technical knowledge.” – Chambers UK, 2017
Leading Junior in EU and Competition: “He has an incisive mind, and is willing to roll up his sleeves and weigh in to get the job done.” – Legal 500, 2016
Competition: “One of the best minds practicing competition law; he is highly cerebral and a phenomenal talent”. Many consider him “the first port of call” for merger control matters in particular.” – WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL) UK BAR, 2016
Competition Law: “He is a heavyweight when it comes to competition law” and is “very knowledgeable about the healthcare sector.” – Chambers UK & Chambers Global, 2016
”An absolute expert on the subject matter.” Leading Junior in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2015
Competition Law: “Working with him is an absolute pleasure” – Chambers UK, 2015
‘A brilliant barrister who is on top of merger control law.’ Alistair is recommended as a leading Junior in EU & competition Law. Legal 500, 2014
Under Competition Law: Thanks to his previous role as a solicitor he has fast become a go-to barrister for merger work. Both clients and peers highlight his impressive experience in the area. Other recent work has involved competition appeals and private damages claims. “Highly disciplined, highly able and extremely intelligent.” “He is very thorough and a real team player.” Chambers UK, 2014
“Alistair Lindsay is ‘a go-to person for dominance and merger control‘”, he is recommended as a leading Junior in EU & competition Law. Legal 500, 2013
“Alistair Lindsay is highly valued by those instructing him, and his “unbelievable practical and academic experience” is singled out as just one of his many qualities. One commentator notes that “his ability to retain information and his eye for detail are astonishing.” Another went as far as describing him as “a computer in the form of a barrister.”” Chambers UK, 2013
Competition/European Law – “Former Allen & Overy partner Alistair Lindsay wins praise as “someone who eschews prolix opinions and comes straight to the point.” Appreciated by instructing solicitors as “forward thinking and an excellent team player,” he has been acting on behalf of Fortis regarding an OFT investigation into the motor insurance market.” – Chambers UK, 2012
EU & Competition Law declares that Alistair Lindsay gives ‘well-reasoned, balanced’ advice in an ‘unflustered’ way;” Legal 500, 2011
Recommended under Competition/European Law in Chambers UK, 2011 “Alistair Lindsay has come full circle following his return to the Bar after eight years as a partner at Allen & Overy. “A decisive and practical adviser, once he has reviewed the facts and made up his mind, he provides delightfully consistent advice,” enthused one solicitor. Lindsay recently acted for Eventim on competition issues relating to the merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster.”
“The EU Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues” (Sweet and Maxwell; 4th ed, 2012, jointly with Alison Berridge), which was described by a leading partner in a review as a “masterpiece”.
The new “Market Definition” chapter in “European Community Law of Competition”, Bellamy & Child, 6th edition (2008) and 7th edition (2013) (jointly with Nick Scola)
- Additional Information
MA, Cambridge University
PhD, Cambridge University