DLA Piper (London)

Matt Evans

DLA Piper (London)

Matt Evans is a partner at DLA Piper, based in London. He is recognized as a leading adviser on UK and EU competition law, focusing on both merger control and behavioral matters. On transactions, he represents clients before the Competition and Markets Authority and European Commission to obtain regulatory clearance for mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. On the behavioral side, Matt Evans advises on investigations into anticompetitive agreements and practices, including cartels and supply arrangements, market investigations, abuses of dominant position, state aid, and EU free movement issues. He has extensive experience advising clients on e-commerce, in particular on structuring brand owners’ distribution arrangements. He works with clients in a range of sectors, including financial services, energy, telecom, technology, music, betting and gaming, fast moving consumer goods, environmental, and agriculture.


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11485 Bulletin

Laurent De Muyter, Bernard Amory, Alexandre G. Verheyden, Yvan N. Desmedt, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Craig A. Waldman, Jörg Hladjk, Undine Von Diemar, Matt Evans The EU Commission unveils sweeping proposals to regulate the digital sector


In Short The Development: The European Commission ("EC") recently released two long-awaited legislative proposals, the Digital Services Act ("DSA") and Digital Markets Act ("DMA"), that would significantly increase the EC’s regulatory oversight of online platform companies (previewed in our (...)

Matt Evans, Michael A. Gleason, Prudence Smith, Jason Beer The UK Competition Authority proposes the creation of a new regulatory authority and additional regulations to govern the conduct of online platforms funded by digital advertising


INTRODUCTION The CMA has recently issued its Final Report in the Market Study into Online Platforms and Digital Advertising (“Final Report”), which sets forth its findings and recommendations from its investigation of markets involving online platforms funded by digital advertising. In (...)

Renato Antonini, Jürgen Beninca, Matt Evans, Nicolas Brice, Eva Monard The German Government tightens foreign direct investment control in light of the COVID-19 pandemic following the guidance from the EU Commission on possible increased risk of attempts to acquire healthcare capacities


On May 20, 2020, the German Federal government adopted the 15th amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV). The changes to the AWV will be effective shortly, after publication in the Federal Gazette. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendment expands the scope of (...)

Pierre Barthélemy, Renato Antonini, Stefano Crosio, Matt Evans, Nicolas Brice, Jürgen Beninca The French Government issues new rules substantially revising the French foreign direct investments regulation and adds new regulations which set up an EU screening mechanism


In Short The Situation: The French government issued on December 31, 2019, new rules substantially revising the French Foreign Direct Investments ("FDI") regulation. These new provisions mostly implement the recent PACTE law and the new EU FDI regulation which set up an EU screening (...)

Claire Lavin, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Matt Evans, Philipp Werner The EU Commission publishes a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules


In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will draft a report providing an overview of the market and the relevant (...)

Matt Evans The UK Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on proposed changes to the UK merger regime to reduce the burden of investigations into mergers where the parties operate in small markets


UK merger control process The UK operates a two-stage merger control regime. Before starting a formal merger investigation, the CMA will conduct pre-notification discussions with the parties, which typically last one to two months. Upon conclusion of these discussions, the CMA opens a formal (...)

Geoffrey D. Oliver, Kathryn Fenton, Matt Evans, Michelle Fischer, Peter J. Wang The US FTC and DOJ publish the proposed antitrust guidelines for international enforcement and cooperation


The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have published for public comment proposed Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation ("2016 Proposed Guidelines"). This would be the third iteration of international enforcement guidelines, following the (...)

Alan Davis, Matt Evans, Yvan N. Desmedt The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Szpunar encourages to adopt a strict standard for undertakings to distance themselves from potentially anticompetitive actions by a third party (Eturas)


An advisor to Europe’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU"), is encouraging the CJEU to adopt a strict standard for companies to distance themselves from potentially anticompetitive actions by a third party with which they do business. In a case involving (...)

Marguerite Lavedan, Matt Evans The UK Competition Authority rules that the operators of channel tunnel between Great Britain and France may no longer offer ferry services from Dover (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)


The UK Competition Commission (“CC”) has prohibited Eurotunnel from operating ferry services at the port of Dover, following its June 2012 acquisition of three SeaFrance vessels. The decision is notable for two reasons. First, this decision differed from that of the French Competition (...)

Frances M. Murphy, Matt Evans, Stephen Brown, Tom Bainbridge The England & Wales Court of Appeal holds that the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal has no discretion to extend limitations period for follow-on actions against alleged cartelists (BCL, BASF)


On 12 November 2010, the Court of Appeal for England and Wales ruled that the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) does not have discretion to extend the time period within which follow-on actions for damages may be commenced. The Court of Appeal’s judgment provides important clarification of (...)

Frances M. Murphy, Matt Evans, Stephen Brown The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal clarifies timing rules for follow-on private antitrust actions for damages against cartel participants (BCL / BASF)


On 19 November 2009, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) confirmed the test it will apply when assessing whether to extend the time limit by which claimants may commence follow-on actions for damages before the CAT once there has been a finding of a breach of UK or EU competition law. (...)


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