Douglas Nave


Douglas Nave
Doug Nave heads up the European Competition Law practice in our London office. A U.S.-qualified partner, Doug has specialized in antitrust for over 30 years and worked in Europe since 1998, where he has a broad regulatory practice focusing on the competition laws of the E.U. and its Member States. Doug has represented companies in numerous economic sectors, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, heavy industrial products, branded/fast-moving consumer goods, public media, and retail/wholesale operations.

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 Competition Lawyer by Best Lawyers, and has also been recognized as a leading practitioner in Competition/European Law by Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK.

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)

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