Doug has acted on numerous mergers & acquisitions, with a strong track record of winning unconditional clearances from both the European Commission and the United Kingdom’s Competition & Markets Authority (and its predecessor agencies). He also counsels and represents a variety of companies in enquiries regarding their distribution practices; issues arising from potential abuse of dominance; regulatory complaints against problematic practices and transactions by suppliers, customers, and competitors; and licensing of intellectual properties.
Doug is recognized as a leading practitioner in Competition/European Law by Chambers UK 2014 and Legal 500 UK 2014. Doug has been selected to the 2014 London Super Lawyers list for his EU & Competition expertise.
Doug’s recent transactions include:
- Pre-merger review of Lenovo’s $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google (a combination of global suppliers of smart mobile devices)
- Findus Group's acquisition of Cumbrian Seafoods (a combination of two of the U.K.'s three leading suppliers of fresh seafood)
- E.U. review of Sanofi's $20 billion takeover of Genzyme Corp (a hostile tender offer combining pharmaceutical suppliers of leading and emerging therapies for a number of significant health disorders)
- U.K. review of Advent International's £925 million acquisition of The Priory Group from Royal Bank of Scotland (a combination of leading independent suppliers of specialist healthcare services in the U.K.)
- E.U. review of Panasonic's €6 billion acquisition of Sanyo (a combination of two of the world's leading suppliers of consumer/HEV batteries and consumer electronics products)
- E.U. review of General Electric's formation of an $8 billion global finance joint venture with Mubadala Development Co.
- E.U. review of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' joint venture with rival Areva for the development and production of nuclear power stations
- E.U. review of Staples' $2.7 billion acquisition of Corporate Express (a combination of leading office supply chains)