Uğur Akgün

Director

Uğur specializes in applying industrial organization theory in merger, abuse of dominance, and dispute cases. He has substantial experience in developing theoretical models which inform on effects of mergers and regulatory actions. His work for merging parties on the European Commission’s Phase II investigations includes ASL/Arianespace, UTC/Goodrich, and Posten/Post Danmark which involved conglomerate effects concerns and INEOS/SolVay and BHB/RioTinto JV in which production capacity and utilization rates were considered as important elements of competition.

A notable experience was working for Aer Lingus during the EC’s review of Ryanair’s last hostile takeover bid which led to a prohibition decision and throughout the UK investigation by which Ryanair was required to divest most of its minority shareholding in Aer Lingus. He has also assisted Sky in reversing the Competition Commission’s provisional finding of dominance during movies on pay-TV market investigation.

In addition to cases before the European Commission, the CMA, the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal, ICSID, and the WTO, Uğur has worked on cases in non-EU jurisdictions. For example, in Turkey he helped Mars and AFM, the two leading two cinema chains, gain approval of their merger. He has worked on projects in aerospace, airline, automotive parts, broadcasting transmission, film exhibition, chemical, electricity generation, energy retail, FMCG, grocery retail, mining, pay-TV, postal, telecommunication, tobacco, and truck industries.

Uğur speaks English, Spanish, and Turkish. His academic work was published in the Journal of Industrial Economics and the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Selected Engagements

  • 01
    CMA unconditionally clears acquisition of Autocab by Uber
    On March 29, 2021, the CMA unconditionally cleared the acquisition by Uber of Autocab following a Phase 1 investigation. Uber is active in the supply of taxi...
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  • 02
    LSEG’s acquisition of Refinitiv conditionally approved by the European Commission
    On 13 January 2021, the European Commission (EC) conditionally cleared London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) acquisition of Refinitiv. LSEG operates trading...
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  • 03
    Weyerhaeuser sells pulp mills to International Paper
    We advised on Weyerhaeuser’s $2.2 billion sale of its five Cellulose Fibers pulp mills and two converting facilities to International Paper. CRA advised both...
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