MattEvans

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5180

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 United Kingdom 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 was chair of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England & Wales in 2019-2020 and a member of the editorial advisory board of Kluwer Competition Law.

Experience

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber to be sold to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for approximately $2.5 billion enterprise valueJones Day is advising Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in its $2.5 billion sale to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Signature Aviation to sell Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day is advising Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • STERIS to acquire Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day is advising STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • TransDigm Group acquires Cobham Aero Connectivity for $965 millionJones Day advised TransDigm Group Incorporated as regulatory counsel in the $965 million acquisition of Cobham Aero Connectivity, a leading provider of highly engineered antennas and radios for the aerospace end market.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • Framatome to acquire Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and ChinaJones Day is advising Framatome, an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and value added technologies for the global nuclear fleet, in its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and China.
  • Astellas transfers DIFICLIR in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected CIS to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 millionJones Day advised Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. on the sale of distribution rights to the product "DIFICLIR" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 million.
  • Koch Equity Development invests preferred equity in AIM listed Victoria plcJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on its investment into AIM listed Victoria plc ("Victoria"), a UK-based global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring products.
  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria's Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Smith & Nephew to acquire extremity orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation for $240 millionJones Day is advising Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology company, in its acquisition of the extremity orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) for $240 million on a cash and debt-free basis.
  • Get Living Plc forms joint venture in connection with development of Lewisham Gateway Phase 2Jones Day advised Get Living Plc on the corporate and joint venture arrangements in connection with the £252 million forward-funding development of Lewisham Gateway Phase 2 with Muse Developments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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