The law and economics of most-favoured nation clauses
This article provides a broad frame of reference for analyzing most favoured nation (MNF) clauses, based on the case law and practice of the European courts...
Dr. Matthew Bennett has extensive experience in cases in front of a wide arrange of authorities, including the CMA, European Commission, ACCC, Korean Fair Trade Commission and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) amongst others.
Matthew has deep expertise in the area of mergers. These include several multi-jurisdictional mergers such as Schlumberger/Aker, Broadcom/VMWare, Natura/Avon, Fibria/Suzano, Microsoft/Linkedin and O2/Three, as well as many prominent CMA Phase II mergers including Optum/EMIS, Cellnex/CK Hutchinson, CHC/Babcock, TVS/3G, Sainsbury’s/Asda. Tullet Prebon/ICAP and Ladbrokes/Coral.
In addition to mergers, Matthew has worked on a number of Article 101 and 102 cases including most recently, Liothyronine and Hydrocortisone, both of involved providing expert testimony in front of the UK CAT.
Prior to joining CRA, Matthew served as the Director of Economics at the Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for the economic policy, financial analysis, and statistics and econometrics teams within the OFT. During his time at the authority he provided advice across all of OFT’s competition cases, including the banking, construction, retail, and tobacco industries, among others.
Before the OFT, Matthew worked at LECG and for the UK Communications Regulator, OFCOM. Matthew has authored papers in the area of competition and consumer policy, including several papers in the areas of Information Exchange, Vertical Pricing practices and Behavioural Economics. He earned his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Warwick and completed his Post-Doctorate in Competition Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics.