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  Alasdair Balfour



Alasdair has over 20 years' experience advising clients involved in competition investigations and litigation at UK, EU and global levels. His practice spans merger control, cartel and other antitrust infringements, market sector investigations and general antitrust regulatory and EU law counselling across many industry sectors. Alasdair has also spent time on secondment at Visa Europe.

He has secured EC, UK and international merger clearances for many clients, including Phase II and "remedies" cases before the EC and UK authorities, including advising Marks & Spencer on its joint venture with Ocado, BTG on its £3.3 billion takeover offer by Boston Scientific, Lloyds on the CMA clearance of its acquisition of MBNA, Tullett Prebon on the CMA clearance of its acquisition of ICAP, Aviva on the EC clearance of its acquisition of Friends Life and Asahi on the EC clearance of its acquisition of the European SAB Miller business.

Alasdair has defended clients involved in the air cargo, automotive components, card interchange, foreign exchange, window fittings and construction cartel investigations and litigation. He has also advised clients involved in the European Commission financial services, energy and ecommerce sector investigations and the UK SME banking, corporate banking, British airports and pharmacy market investigations.

Alasdair is recognised as a "leading individual” in his field in the main legal directories. Recent comments from the legal directories include the following: "Alasdair Balfour is highly recommended for his ability to see to the core of a problem and explain issues simply"; "Alasdair Balfour is outstanding" and has "in-depth knowledge"; and "Alasdair Balfour is viewed as "very analytical" as well as a "practical thinker". Clients describe him as "a very pragmatic, calm, measured individual who comes up with solutions"

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2017

Academic qualifications

MA, Law, Worcester College, Oxford University, 1995

Diploma, EU Competition Law, Kings College London, 2000

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