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
    Hammerson and Grand Central Shopping Centre merger
    CRA advised parties to the merger of Hammerson and Grand Central Shopping Centre, two adjoining shopping centers in Birmingham. The CMA cleared the merger...
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  • 02
    CRA advises third party on UK commercial radio merger (Global/GMG)
    Alan Overd and Rameet Sangha advised Bauer Radio, a third party active in the UK commercial radio sector, during the OFT and Competition Commission’s reviews...
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  • 03
    European Commission approves Südzucker's acquisition of control over ED&F Man
    The European Commission has approved sugar producer Südzucker’s acquisition of control over UK-based sugar trader ED&F Man following a Phase II investigation....
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