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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 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.


  • Freudenberg acquires Low & Bonar PLCJones Day represented Freudenberg SE, the global technology group, in connection with the £107 million takeover offer by group member, FV Beteiligungs-GmbH, of Low & Bonar PLC via a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • 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.
  • Universal Weather and Aviation fuel business sold to World Fuel Services for $170 millionJones Day advised Universal Weather and Aviation in the $170 million sale of its fuel business to World Fuel Services, Inc.
  • Goldman to sell iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionJones Day is representing Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust in connection with the £4.66 billion sale of the UK focused iQ Student Accommodation student housing property portfolio and business to Blackstone.
  • 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.
  • Inflexion Private Equity acquires Aspen PumpsJones Day advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP, one of the UK's leading mid-market private equity firms, on its acquisition of the Aspen Pumps group from 3i Group plc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Western Digital sells IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®)Jones Day advised Western Digital Corp. in the sale of its IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management.
  • Flint Hills Resources sold chemical manufacturing facility to MotivaJones Day advised Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on the sale of its chemical manufacturing facility located in Port Arthur, Texas, to Motiva Enterprises LLC.
  • 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.
  • Additional Publications

    • May 2020
      M&A Lawyer - Sabre/Farelogix: Innovation, Two-Sided Platforms, and the Risks of Multijurisdictional Merger Reviews
    • November/December 2019
      Is UK Merger Clearance Still Voluntary?, The M&A Lawyer
    • 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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