Jason A.Beer

Associate

London + 44.20.7039.5263

Jason Beer has extensive experience advising on EU, UK, and international competition laws, including complex multijurisdictional merger controls, cartel and conduct issues, dominance issues, and market investigations across a range of industries.

Jason's recent merger control experience includes advising Goldman Sachs on the sale of iQ Student Accommodation, Macquarie on the sale of Condor Ferries, Pepper Group on the sale of its European Servicing business, and CBRE on numerous significant investments. Jason has also advised a number of large companies on antitrust compliance concerns and antitrust investigations, several that have been in the context of sectorwide responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day, Jason acted for a large UK supermarket in the proposed acquisition of a competitor (and the associated Competition & Markets Authority [CMA] Phase 2 investigation); a leading global asset management business in relation to the CMA's market investigation into investment consultancy and fiduciary management services; and a leading European financial institution in relation to potential competition conduct issues.

Jason worked in Jones Day's Sydney Office before rejoining the Firm in London. He also previously worked in the London office of a large European firm and in the merger control division of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Jason is a member of the Competition Law Section of the Law Society of England and Wales, the UK Competition Law Association (the British Group of the International League of Competition Law), and the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.

Experience

  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day is advising L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria’s Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland ("Victoria’s Secret UK").
  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • Macquarie sold Condor FerriesJones Day advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the sale of Condor Ferries, an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France, to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) and Brittany Ferries.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires 25% of Cityhold Office Partnership ("CHOP")Jones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in its 25% acquisition of the interests in CHOP valued at approximately €625 million from TIAA-CREF (largest U.S. life insurance company) advised by Nuveen Real Estate (an independent subsidiary of TIAA-CREFF) which also provides investment management services to CHOP.
  • OmniMax to sell Euramax Coated Products to ParcomJones Day is advising OmniMax International, Inc. in the sale of its Euramax Coated Products Business, a provider of aluminum coil coating services to the architectural products, recreational vehicles, and transportation markets, to Parcom Capital.
  • Hansteen acquired by Potter UK Bidco Limited for £500 millionJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the £500 million recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by investment funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group Inc., effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Pepper Group to sell Pepper European Servicing to Link Group for €165 millionJones Day is advising Pepper Group Limited, a leading diversified global consumer finance business, in connection with its sale of Pepper European Servicing (PES) to Link Group.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • U.S. medical device manufacturer makes administrative submissions before Australian Department of HealthJones Day advised a U.S. medical device manufacturer on administrative submissions before the Department of Health and in landmark competition policy litigation against the Minister for Health in Australia.
  • Provider of cloud computing services is advised on worldwide telecoms regulationsJones Day advises a cloud computing provider on compliance with the applicable telecoms regulations across several jurisdictions across the world.
  • Victorian electricity transmission and distribution companies and South Australian gas and electricity distributors prepare for electricity rate casesJones Day represented the Victorian electricity transmission and distribution companies, and the South Australian gas and electricity distributors, in intervening in the Australian Energy Regulator's (AER) New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory gas and electricity rate cases.
  • Citipower, Powercor, AusNet Services, United Energy, and Jemena prepare weighted average cost of capital (WACC) or rate of return aspects for regulatory proposalsJones Day represented Citipower, Powercor, AusNet Services, United Energy, and Jemena in preparing the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) or rate of return aspects of the regulatory proposals of each of five electricity distribution companies to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
  • SA Power Networks prepares weighted average cost of capital (WACC) or rate of return (RoR) aspects of the regulatory proposal to the Australian Energy RegulatorJones Day represented SA Power Networks in preparing the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) or rate of return (RoR) aspects of the regulatory proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
  • Monster Beverage enters into long-term commercial relationship with Coca-Cola and receives net cash payment of $2.15 billionJones Day represented Monster Beverage Corporation in connection with a series of transactions involving The Coca-Cola Company for a long-term commercial relationship in which Coke transferred its global energy drink business to Monster, Monster transferred its non-energy business and 16.7% of its common stock to Coke, the parties realigned their global distribution relationship, and Coca-Cola made a net cash payment of $2.15 billion to Monster.
  • Exelis acquired by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billionJones Day advised Exelis, Inc. in its acquisition by Harris Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or approximately $4.8 billion enterprise value.
  • Australian Energy Market Commission responds to request for advice on system to protect community from potential financial collapse of energy companyJones Day assisted the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) in responding to a request for advice from the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Energy Council in relation to financial market resilience in the National Electricity Market (NEM).
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Commonwealth Laminating & CoatingJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in its acquisition of Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc., an independent manufacturer and global marketer and distributor of window films and specialty films for automotive, architectural, and protective applications.
  • Bayer acquires consumer care business of U.S.-based Merck for $14.2 billionJones Day advised Bayer AG on the antitrust aspects of its $14.2 billion acquisition of the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc.
  • USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle EastJones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • August 4, 2014
      Opportunities & Risks: Competition Law Developments in the Asia-Pacific
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