James Aitken

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

James Aitken is a partner in the Antitrust, Competition and Trade Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Based in London, he has wide experience advising clients on behavioural antitrust investigations, and on obtaining merger clearances, before the European Commission, UK Office of Fair Trading and other competition authorities in Europe and worldwide. He has particular expertise in the financial services and media and technology sectors. From 2004 to 2006 James was a ‘Référendaire’ (legal assistant) to the President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal where he was involved in leading UK antitrust litigation cases covering abuse of dominance, cartels, cooperative agreements, judicial review of merger control decisions and the first UK follow-on damages cases. James was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and qualified as a Solicitor in 2000.

Distinctions

Linked authors

BEUC (Brussels)
King’s College (London)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Financial Conduct Authority (London)
Auka (Oslo)
Shearman & Sterling (London)
Compass Lexecon (London)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)

Videos

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Articles

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James Aitken, Christopher Stothers, Gian Luca Zampa The EU General Court rules that “pay-for-delay” patent settlements can be illegal agreements but annuls abuse of dominance finding (Servier)

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The General Court has given eight judgments on a Commission fining decision concerning patent settlements entered into by Servier and five competitor producers of generic drugs, reducing the fines from a total of € 428 million to € 315 million. The Court broadly upheld the fines based on Article (...)

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James Aitken, Vanessa Turner Vanessa TURNER (Visa): From private practice to general counsel via the European Commission and the FTC - Insights into European and international Antitrust enforcement and policy

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Interview conducted by James Aitken, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s, London. 1. You have a unique professional background in the European context, having been an antitrust partner in a leading firm in Brussels, Dusseldorf, and London, a senior official in the Competition Cabinet in the (...)

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