Hogan Lovells (London)

Christopher Hutton

Hogan Lovells (London)

Christopher is based in London and is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice. He advises on all aspects of UK and EC competition law, and has represented clients on a broad range of contentious matters (including High Court litigation, cartel investigations and abuse of market power inquiries), market investigations, market power assessments and transactional matters (including mergers, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements). Christopher advises clients in a range of industries, including professional services, retail, financial institutions and regulated utilities. He represents clients before the European and UK courts and competition authorities, and advises on a broad range of compliance issues.

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Christopher Peacock, Christopher Hutton, Robert Gardener, Mez Azizi The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy prohibits the acquisition of British intellectual property by a Chinese Company (Beijing Infinite Vision Technology / University of Machester)


The UK Government this week prohibited the acquisition of intellectual property owned by the University of Manchester by a Chinese company – marking the first time the UK Government has exercised its powers to block a transaction under new national security rules. On 20 July 2022, the UK’s (...)

Christopher Hutton, Christopher Peacock, Matt Giles The UK Government announces a series of proposed reforms to competition law enforcement aiming to produce a “best in class” competition regime to allow the UK to exploit post-Brexit opportunities


In what could herald the most significant changes to the UK competition regime in 25 years, the UK Government has announced a series of proposed reforms to UK competition law enforcement. The stated aims of the reforms are to produce a “best in class” competition regime to allow the UK to (...)

Christopher Hutton, Christopher Peacock, Joe Beautridge The UK Government consults on proposals aimed at improving its competition regime and strengthening its Competition Authority post COVID-19, including updates to merger review, investigation tools, interim measures, fines and more direct intervention in consumer protection


On 20 July 2021, the government launched a consultation containing substantial proposals that could herald the most important reform of the UK competition regime in 25 years (the consultation). The proposals follow multiple reports and papers and, if they survive the consultation process, could (...)

Charles Brasted, Christopher Hutton, Alice Wallace-Wright, Matt Giles, Robert Gardener The UK Government launches the Digital Markets Unit as the first step towards an unashamedly pro-competition regime focused on the position of Big Tech


The UK Government has launched the much anticipated Digital Markets Unit (DMU) as a first step towards an “unashamedly pro-competition" regime focused on the position of “tech giants”. The DMU will, however, initially lack its own enforcement powers and there is still a lot to play for in terms (...)

Susan Bright, Charles Brasted, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, Angus Coulter, Christopher Hutton The EU Commission publishes an assessment and seeks feedback on its initiative to define the application of EU competition law to collective bargaining agreements for self-employed workers


On 6 January 2021, the European Commission published an "Inception Impact Assessment" seeking feedback on an initiative aimed at defining EU competition law’s scope of application to "self-employed" workers (in advance of an open public consultation anticipated for spring 2021). This is part of (...)

Simi Malhi, Ciara Kennedy-Loest, Christopher Hutton, Matthew Giles, Angus Coulter, Mark Jones The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on forms of cooperation considered as temporarily permissible during the COVID-19 outbreak


Competition/antitrust laws generally require rival firms to operate on the market independently of each other and tolerate cooperation between competitors only in limited circumstances where any resulting loss of competition is clearly offset by consumer benefits. But as businesses scramble to (...)

Christopher Hutton The UK Competition Authority brings criminal charges for involvement in hardcore restrictions on the market for galvanised steel tanks (Peter Nigel Snee)


UK flexes its criminal enforcement muscle* In a move that signals that UK criminal cartel enforcement is set to increase, Peter Nigel Snee appeared on 27 January 2014 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to face charges under the UK’s criminal cartel offence. Mr Snee has been charged under section (...)

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