Matthew Johnson

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Matthew specialises in competition economics. His areas of expertise include merger analysis, abuse of dominance and the effects of vertical and horizontal agreements between firms. He has provided analysis for clients involved in litigation, as well as those facing investigations by competition authorities in a number of jurisdictions.

Before joining Oxera, Matthew worked as an economic adviser at the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT), now part of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), and at the European Commission. He has over 15 years’ experience as a professional economist and has been appointed as expert in the context of UK litigation proceedings.

Matthew’s extensive experience in UK and European Commission merger cases includes analysis of local markets, vertical mergers and coordinated effects. He has also advised on market investigations in a range of industries. Matthew is listed in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2015, and is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN) Working Group on Unilateral Conduct. Matthew sits on the advisory board of the Competition Law Journal.

Selected project experience

  • Advice to a major European retailer on a European Commission merger filing (2014–)

  • Advice to an independent co-operative society on a potential funeral homes acquisition (2014)

  • Advice to Royal Bank of Scotland during the CMA’s retail banking market investigation (2013–)

  • Advice to a retailer under investigation by the UK OFT for alleged breach of Chapter 1 CA98 and Article 101 TFEU (2013–14)

  • Appointed economic expert in the context of litigation involving a restrictive covenant in a land agreement (2014–)

  • Advice to a leading insurer during the Competition Commission inquiry into private motor insurance (2012–15)

  • Advice to the OFT on market definition in private healthcare (2011)

  • Advice to a leading insurer during the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) market study into general insurance add-ons (2014–)

  • Analysis including mapping and consumer surveys for a UK grocery retailer in advance of a merger notification to the CMA (2014)

  • Advice on pass-through to a number of public-sector clients jointly defending a claim for damages (2013–14)

  • Advice to Skyscanner following the OFT Commitments Decision involving Booking.com, Expedia, and Intercontinental Hotels Group (2014)

  • Advice to Optimax during the OFT and Competition Commission investigations into its completed acquisition of Ultralase (2013)

  • Advice to Grant Thornton during the Competition Commission market inquiry into statutory audit services (2011–13)

  • Peer review advice to the OFT in the context of an ongoing abuse of dominance investigation (2012)

  • Advice to a large bank during a European Commission Article 101 case (2012–13)

  • Advice to Midcounties Co-operative during an OFT investigation of an acquisition in the UK grocery sector (2012)

  • Advice to a third party during the European Commission’s phase II investigation into the UPS/TNT merger (2012)

  • Advice to Bottomline Technologies on its acquisition of Albany (2012)

  • Advice to Belgacom during a phase II investigation into its acquisition of The Phone House (2011)

  • Advice to a major UK bank in relation to alleged anticompetitive agreements in the UK financial services sector (2011)

  • Merger advice to Thomas Cook, CGL, and Midlands Co-operative during European Commission, OFT and UK Competition Commission investigations of their proposed travel agency joint venture (2010–11)

  • Competition and regulatory advice to ITV, the UK’s largest independent television broadcaster (2010–12)

  • Advice to Arriva, one of the UK’s largest local bus operators, during the Competition Commission market inquiry into local bus services (2010–11)

  • Advice to a European payment systems operator in the context of the proposed roll-out of a new Europe-wide e-payments system (2009)

  • Advice to Allied Irish Banks on its State Aid restructuring plan and subsequent interactions with the European Commission (2009)

Selected publications

  • Makhkamova, L., Johnson, M. and Niels, G. (2012), ‘Under examination: The OFT’s Study into the Private Healthcare Market’, Competition Law Journal, 11:2.

  • Buelens, C., Garnier, G., Johnson, M. and Meiklejohn, R. (2007), ‘The Economic Analysis of State Aid: Some Open Questions’, European Economy—Economic Papers, 286, September.

Qualifications

  • MSc Economics, University College London

  • BA Economics, University of Sussex


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