While at CRA Simon has worked on both EU and UK mergers, vertical agreements (including online distribution agreements, MFNs and retail price maintenance), abuse investigations, and regulatory submissions.
Prior to joining CRA, Simon spent over five years at the Competition and Markets Authority and Office of Fair Trading. As Head of Merger Economics and Deputy Director in the Mergers Group, Simon directed the team responsible for the economic analysis of merger cases 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 the implementation of the damages directive, geo-blocking, regulation of digital platforms and other Digital Single Market issues, public interest tests in merger control, analysis of competition/intervention in the supply chain, and the Consumer Rights Act including changes to the private actions regime. 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: fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. Diageo/United, Unilever/Alberto Culver, Barr/Britvic), local markets (e.g. Breedon/Aggregate Industries, Cineworld/Picturehouse, Rank/Gala), transport (e.g. Ryanair/Aer Lingus, Eurotunnel/MyFerryLink, various rail franchises), financial markets (e.g. LSE/LCH.Clearnet, ICE/APX-Endex), and media markets (e.g. Local World, Kent Messenger/Northcliffe).
MSc, Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)