Simon Chisholm

Vice President

Simon advises firms on mergers, acquisitions and JVs, competition and market investigations, litigation and arbitration, horizontal agreements and vertical restraints, and abuse of dominance, and public policy. He has led teams of economists advising firms before the European Commission, the UK competition authority and UK courts, and other national competition authorities worldwide (US, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Germany, Poland, Norway).

Prior to joining CRA, Simon spent over six years at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessor the Office of Fair Trading) where, amongst other roles, he directed the team of economists analysing UK mergers as Head of Merger Economics.

Simon has previously been a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Government responsible for directing the economic analysis for UK consumer and competition policy in the Dept. for Business, and has also worked at Cabinet Office/HM Treasury (at the National Economic Council).

Simon’s antitrust and mergers experience spans a broad range of sectors, including: tech and platforms, manufacturing, pharma, biotech and medical equipment, retail and local markets, transport (airlines, rail, bus), financial services and insurance, FMCG, oil & gas, gaming, payments, news media, data and privacy, and healthcare.

Simon currently teaches about merger assessment on KCL’s PGDip in Economics for Competition Law.

Who’s Who Legal Thought Leader in Competition Economics, 2022
Who’s Who Legal Competition Economics and Consulting Expert Global Leader, 2021
Who’s Who Legal Competition Economics Leader, 2020
GCR’s 40 under 40 2020, a quadrennial list of the top young antitrust professionals in the world
Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal Future Leader in Competition Economics in 2019

Selected Engagements

  • 01
    Global clearance for subsea drilling services joint venture
    Global merger control clearance has been obtained for a joint venture between Baker Hughes and Akastor ASA (formerly Aker Solutions). The JV will combine their...
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  • 02
    Waterstones acquisition of Foyles Bookstore is cleared
    CRA supported the merging parties in seeking regulatory clearance, including through showing the dominance of Amazon in book selling, the impact of competition...
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  • 03
    Frasers Group acquires DW Fitness
    Frasers Group obtained regulatory clearance for its acquisition of DW Fitness. A team at CRA led by Simon Chisholm and including Marissa Li and Edward Selway...
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