Effects Analysis in Hub and Spoke Cartels
Email communication which may appear to be consistent with hub and spoke cartel behaviour may simply be unsanctioned and inaccurate speculation by relatively...
Alan Overd is a vice president in CRA’s London office. He studied economics at Cambridge University and the University of Oxford, where he held a lectureship at Keble College.
Prior to joining Lexecon Ltd. in 1995, he worked for Oxera. He has handled a wide range of competition cases in various jurisdictions. Recent UK merger cases include Hammerson/Grand Central, BCA Marketplace/SMA, Bauer Media/Absolute Radio, and Pork Farms/Kerry Foods. He also has extensive experience in UK market investigations and dominance cases across a range of industries including energy (for Centrica), banking (for Lloyds TSB), supermarkets (for Asda), and pharmaceuticals (clients include Astra Zeneca and Reckitt Benckiser).
He has handled a number of European merger investigations, including Refresco/Pride Foods, Schlumberger/Cameron, GrandMet/Guinness, Price Waterhouse/Coopers & Lybrand, EMI/Warner Music, Ernst & Young/Andersen, adidas/Reebok, and MyTravel/Thomas Cook. He led the Lexecon Ltd. team in Airtours’ appeal to the Court of First Instance over the Airtours/First Choice decision. This was the first successful appeal to the court made by the parties to a merger.
He has written extensively on a range of competition and regulatory issues. His article “Sponsored Entry” won the Best Business Economics Article in the 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards.