Alan Overd

Vice President

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.

Selected engagements

  • 01
    CMA clears Capco’s acquisition of Shaftesbury
    On 22 February 2023, the CMA unconditionally cleared Capco’s acquisition of Shaftsbury after a Phase I review. Capco and Shaftesbury are UK-registered Real...
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  • 02
    Hammerson and Grand Central Shopping Centre merger
    A team of CRA competition economists advised parties to the merger of Hammerson and Grand Central Shopping Centre, two adjoining shopping centers in...
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  • 03
    CRA advises third party on UK commercial radio merger (Global/GMG)
    CRA consultants advised Bauer Radio, a third party active in the UK commercial radio sector, during the OFT and Competition Commission’s reviews of the merger...
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