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    MA (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)

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    Introduction

    Alistair Lindsay practises exclusively in competition law, specialising in merger control, cartels/restrictive agreements, and abuse of market power.

    He is the co-author of “The EU Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues” (Sweet and Maxwell; 5th ed, 2017, 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 was described by Legal 500 as “a brilliant barrister“.

    • News
    • Merger control

      Alistair advises extensively on merger cases at the Competition and Markets Authority, on appeal, and under the EUMR.

      Cases

      His recent merger work includes:

      • Sabre / Farelogix (phase 2)
      • JD Sports / Footasylum (phase 2)
      • Bottomline Technologies / Experian (phase 2)
      • Roche Holdings / Spark Therapeutics (phase 1)
      • J Sainsbury & Asda v. CMA (fairness challenge; upheld)
      • J Sainsbury / Asda (phase 2)
      • Electro Rent v. CMA (penalty appeal)
      • Stars Group / Sky Betting and Gaming (phase 1)
      • 21st Century Fox / Sky (negotiation of undertakings at the end of phase 2)
      • H3G v. European Commission (for BT/EE in the EU General Court, judgment pending)
    • Cartels / restrictive agreements

      Cases

      Alistair’s cases include:

      • Skyscanner v. CMA (duty to investigate complaints)
      • Gallaher (extension of time for appealing)
      • Nokia v. Samsung SDI (defending follow-on claims)
      • Perindopril (EU)
      • LIBOR (EU)
    • Abuse of dominance

      Cases

      Alistair’s cases include:

      • ATF v. Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority (for ATF in successful appeal against findings of abuse through refusal to supply, price discrimination)
      • HOTT v. ABP (successfully defending an allegation of abuse in High Court and Court of Appeal)
    • What the directories say

      Competition Law: “He has an amazing ability to distil complex information. He is proactive.” “Excellent, deeply analytical, very calm and a team player.” – Chambers UK, 2022

      Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Super smart, collaborative, effective.’’Legal 500, 2022

      Competition Law: “He is extremely intelligent, very logical and gives very well-reasoned advice.” “He has a really measured way of explaining very difficult issues.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021

      Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Deep thinking, careful, courteous. A good communicator; incredible technically; imbues confidence. Responsive, clear (no sitting on the fence), pragmatic and excellent with clients.’’Legal 500, 2021

      Competition Law: “Works very collaboratively with clients and solicitors, and gives very succinct and pragmatic opinions.” “He is great on merger control, which is one area that the Bar doesn’t cover that much. Alistair is very cerebral but is also user-friendly and good at explaining issues to clients.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020

      Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Excellent, concise and clear.’’Legal 500, 2020

      Competition Law: “Formidably intelligent and really authoritative.”Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2019

      Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘He is really excellent, with fabulous drafting, astonishingly quick, listens hard, and gets really well integrated into the team.’’Legal 500, 2018

      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.”

    • Additional information

      MA, Cambridge University

      PhD, Cambridge University

    • Publications

      The EU Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues” (Sweet and Maxwell; 5th ed, 2017, jointly with Alison Berridge), which was described by a leading partner in a review as a “masterpiece“.

      The “Market Definition” chapter in “European Community Law of Competition“, Bellamy & Child, 6th edition (2008) and 7th edition (2013) (jointly with Nick Scola).

      Numerous articles, including recently:

      • Do we need to prevent pricing algorithms cooking up markets?” (2017) ECLR 533 (jointly with Eithne McCarthy)
      • Brexit, merger control and potential reforms” (2017) ECLR 435 (jointly with Alison Berridge)
      • UK merger control developments in Q1 2017” (2017) ECLR 301
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