Ashurst (London)

Tom Punton

Ashurst (London)
Senior Competition Economist

Tom is a senior economist in the competition and EU law department of Ashurst’s London office where he provides economic advice and analysis in relation to a range of competition matters including mergers and acquisitions, investigations of alleged market power and anti-competitive practices and agreements, and competition litigation. He has acted for clients across a diverse range of industries including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, software, retail markets and utilities. Tom also has extensive experience in the telecoms sector having worked for the UK communications regulator for three years. Tom has advised on a number of significant cases. These include advising UHS in relation to its acquisition of the Adult Services Division of Cambian Group Plc ; Arla Foods in relation to the acquisition of Yeo Valley Dairies ; and Virgin Media in relation to the successful appeal of Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review in front of the Competition Appeals Tribunal.


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592 Bulletin

Nigel Parr, Tom Punton The UK Competition Authority prohibits a transaction following an in-depth phase 2 investigation ruling that only full divestiture would address competition concerns in the commercial vehicle and trailer parts sector (TVS Europe Distribution / 3G)


On 12 January 2021, the CMA ordered TVS Europe Distribution Limited ("TVS") to divest its ownership of 3G Truck and Trailer Parts Limited ("3G"). After conducting a Phase 2 merger inquiry, the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") ruled that only full divestiture would address its (...)

David Wirth, Tom Punton The UK Competition Authority publishes its first state of competition report examining the effectiveness of the competition policy in the national economy


On 30 November 2020, the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published its first state of competition report, commissioned by the UK government. The purpose of the report was to at the state of competition in the UK economy. It is intended to provide a baseline for future analysis and (...)

Steven Vaz, Tom Punton The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the appeal brought by a company for a merger in the sports retail sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum)


On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") published its judgment in relation to the merger of JD Sports and Footasylum. The merger was prohibited by the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") in May, but JD Sports appealed. The CAT partially upheld the appeal and the (...)

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