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Matt Evans 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 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.

Matt's recent transactional experience includes successfully representing market leading clients in merger control cases before national competition authorities and the European Commission in a number of diverse sectors, including rail transport, telecoms, hi-tech engineering, construction materials, health care, and real estate. He is also currently advising clients in ongoing EU antitrust regulatory investigations.

Matt has authored or coauthored numerous articles, most recently on the implications of Brexit for M&A deals and the rights of the UK government to review and block acquisitions of businesses trading in the UK and raising public interest concerns. He has coauthored the UK chapter on merger control for Global Legal Insights and speaks regularly at competition law seminars. He is vice-chair of the Competition Section committee of the Law Society of England & Wales and a member of the editorial advisory board of Kluwer Competition Law.


  • Delancey and APG Joint Venture acquires Earls Court for £425 million (US$546.3 million)Jones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between a fund advised by Delancey and APG on behalf of its pension fund clients, in connection with its £425 million (US$546.3 million) acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • United Nations University obtains assistance with "Survivor's Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human traffickingJones Day conducted worldwide research for the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research to assist in the development of a "Survivor Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • Macquarie to sell Condor FerriesJones Day is advising 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.
  • Roper Technologies sells Gatan to AMETEKJones Day provided antitrust advice to Roper Technologies, Inc. in its sale of microscope peripherals business Gatan, Inc. to AMETEK, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries to acquire InvertekJones Day is advising Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • AGIC Capital acquires majority stake in Farsound for £115 million (US$143 million)Jones Day advised Asia-Germany Industrial Promotion Limited ("AGIC Capital"), a European-Asian private equity fund focused on investments in high quality industrial and medical companies, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Farsound Limited and its subsidiaries, a leading provider of technology enabled supply chain solutions, from its current owner Rubicon Partners at a total enterprise value of £115 million (US$143 million).
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • Kubota enforces its intellectual property rights to prevent sales of unauthorized grey goods products in UKJones Day advised Kubota UK Limited, a leading tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer, regarding the enforcement of its intellectual property rights in relation to imports and sales of unauthorized grey good products in the United Kingdom.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • INVISTA sells Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment HoldingJones Day advised INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its sale of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.
  • NASDAQ Technology AB acquires Cinnober Financial Technology ABJones Day provided antitrust advice in relation to NASDAQ Technology AB's acquisition of Cinnober Financial Technology AB.
  • Middlewood Locks purchases over 800 homes for rent in Greater ManchesterJones Day represented Middlewood Locks LLP, a joint venture between DOOR, S.L.P.(in which DV4 is a co-investor), Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool, and QD UK Holdings Limited Partnership, on the joint venture arrangements in connection with the forward purchase of over 800 homes for rent at Middlewood Locks, Greater Manchester, as part of a wider strategy amongst the joint venture partners to support the creation of large-scale residential-led developments in the top five cities in the UK by population.
  • Huadong Medicine announces £169 million (US$222 million) takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma PlcJones Day advised Huadong Medicine Co. Ltd. ("HMC") and its subsidiary, Huadong Medicine Aesthetics Investment (HongKong) Limited ("Huadong"), on Huadong's takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma Plc with a total value of approximately £169 million (US$222 million).
  • LaSalle acquires $7 billion Real Estate Multi-Manager business and management of €1.7 billion pan-European fund from Aviva InvestorsJones Day advised Jones Lang Lasalle Incorporated’s subsidiary LaSalle Investment Management on its agreement to acquire the entire Real Estate Multi-Manager (“REMM”) business of Aviva Investors and full ownership of the management of the Encore+ fund (“Encore+”).
  • Sanofi sells Holmes Chapel manufacturing site to RecipharmJones Day advised Sanofi on the sale to Recipharm of its contract manufacturing business located in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires 6,458-unit portfolio of Spanish residential properties for €870 millionJones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in connection with its acquisition of a 6,458-unit portfolio of Spanish residential properties valued at €870 million.
  • Greystar recapitalizes Chapter student accommodation portfolio in Central LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in a recapitalization of its and PSP’s Chapter portfolio of student accommodation properties, one of the largest in Central London, by consolidating the portfolio under a new joint venture in which Allianz acquired an interest.
  • DV4 and Oxford Properties form DOORJones Day advised DV4 Ltd (“DV4”), which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd, on the sale of DV4's interests in Get Living, the UK’s leading privately backed residential company, to Delancey Oxford Residential (“DOOR”) a new co-investment platform with initial capital commitments of £600 million; the establishment of DOOR, which includes the joint venture between DV4 and Oxford Properties; and on real estate matters related to the London scheme, Elephant Central in Elephant and Castle which is part of the Get Living portfolio.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Clean Line Waste Water Solutions LimitedJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company National Response Corporation of Clean Line Waste Water Solutions Limited, a provider of environmental, industrial and emergency response services in the United Kingdom.
  • Additional Publications

    • June 2019
      Jones Day Talks: Podcast: Oversight of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK
    • April 2019
      Brexit And M&A: The Final Round, The M&A Lawyer
    • May 2016
      Commentary: European Antitrust Enforcers Move on Holdings of Big Data
    • August 2010
      OFT widens its net to catch company directors, Jones Day Bulletin
    • June 2010
      OFT should look at anticompetitive activity, City A.M.
    • May 2010
      New focus on the anti-competitive effects of minority interests in competitors, Jones Day Bulletin
    • February 2010
      The European Union in 2010: What does a new Treaty and a new Commission mean for UK PLC?, Jones Day Bulletin
    • July 2009
      The Reaction of the Competition Authorities to the Global Financial Crisis, The Bulletin
    • July 2009
      The Reaction of the Competition Authorities to the Global Financial Crisis, Jones Day Bulletin

    Speaking Engagements

    • May 9, 2019
      Chair, 2019 Annual Conference, Competition Section of The Law Society of England and Wales
    • May 2, 2019
      Foreign Direct Investment Laws in the UK and the Impact of Brexit on M&A, panelist, The New M&A Paradigm: Guiding Your Company in Today's Global Environment
    • May 2, 2019
      The New M&A Paradigm: Guiding Your Company in Today's Global Environment - International Trade Regulation
    • April 17, 2019
      Foreign Investment Review and Public Takeovers in the UK - Key considerations for Chinese investors, Jones Day Shanghai Outbound Seminar
    • April 16, 2019
      Key considerations for Chinese investment into the UK, Jones Day Beijing Outbound Seminar
    • April 15, 2019
      Foreign Investment Review and Public Takeovers in the UK - Key considerations for Chinese investors, Seminar to CAPE
    • November 1, 2018
      EU and UK Antitrust Enforcement and Merger Control: Key Practical Considerations and Does Politics Play a Role?, conference co-hosted by Ningbo Chamber of Commerce and Jones Day
    • November 1, 2018
      Foreign Investment Review and Public Takeovers in the United Kingdom: Key Considerations for Chinese Purchasers, conference co-hosted by Ningbo Chamber of Commerce and Jones Day
    • September 5, 2018
      Understanding full functionality in joint ventures, Law Society
    • July 12, 2018
      The Latest in Competition Law, co-presenter
    • September 20, 2016
      Competition law in the UK after Brexit - what can we expect and what do we want?, Jones Day client event
    • July 2016
      Matt Evans spoke with Wolters Kluwer about geoblocking challenges facing clients operating in the EU, YouTube
    • June 29, 2016
      Brexit: UK votes to leave the EU: What happens next?
    • June 8, 2016
      Masterclass in Competition Law For In House Counsel, Central Law Training
    • October 1, 2015
      Drivers and Trends in Global M&A 2015: This Year's Exposition On How to Close Deals in a Turbulent Regulatory and Increasingly Protectionist World
    • October 1, 2015
      Jones Day Client Day 2015: Continuing To Profit In A Shifting Risk Environment - Drivers And Trends In Global M&A 2015: This Year's Exposition On How To Close Deals In A Turbulent Regulatory And Increasingly Protectionist World
    • October 1, 2015
      Jones Day Client Day 2015: Continuing To Profit In A Shifting Risk Environment - Competition and Regulatory Enforcement: Current Trends And What To Expect
    • February 26, 2015
      The UK concurrency regime, IBC Legal's 14th annual forum: UK Competition Law 2015
    • January 14, 2011
      Recent Developments in EU Competition Law, 19th MCLE Annual Fair
    • June 8, 2009
      Preparing for the Unexpected, a Jones Day Competition Law Conference
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