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UK: Latham snaps up UK mergers regulator

 |  February 17, 2016

The UK Competition and Markets Authority’s director of mergers is to join Latham & Watkins as a partner in the firm’s London competition practice, at busy time in the UK and European competition sectors.

Latham & Watkins has hired a partner from the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK government department responsible for regulating anti-competitive behaviour.

Jonathan Parker is director of mergers at the CMA, and will join the Los Angeles-headquartered firm’s London office on 3 May.

Parker joined the agency from London-headquartered Allen & Overy in 2014, where he spent six years and was a senior associate. At the CMA, he has reviewed high-profile mergers, including that between US information management provider Iron Mountain and Australian company Recall, the GBP 125 million purchase of the pharmacies chain of UK supermarket Sainsbury’sby German company Celesio, and the proposed GBP 2.2 billion merger between UK gambling companies Ladbrokes and Coral.

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