John D. Colahan

  • Partner
  • Ejohn.colahan@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1015
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  • Boulevard du Régent, 43-44
  • Brussels B-1000
  • Belgium
  • T +32.2.788.6000
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Profile

John Colahan is based in Latham & Watkins' London office and divides his time with the Brussels office. He is a member of the global Antitrust & Competition Practice, having previously been a Legal Advisor at the UK Cabinet Office and international competition law counsel at The Coca-Cola Company. John represents clients before the European Commission, national authorities in Europe and internationally, as well as conducting litigation in the European courts and numerous national courts. He has advised on a variety of international antitrust matters, including structuring and implementation of international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, cartel enforcement, single firm conduct and compliance counselling. As a Cabinet Office Legal Advisor to the European Secretariat, Mr. Colahan was responsible for policy coordination with the Treasury and other departments on financial services.    

Mr. Colahan regularly lectures on a range of international antitrust and compliance issues.

Experience

Mr. Colahan's past matters include:

  • Turbomeca/ Rolls Royce
  • P&O/Carnival with the related UK Competition Commission proceeding
  • Reebok/Adidas
  • MGM/Sony & others
  • Bayer/Schering
  • Aviva/HSBC/Hamilton (Insurance)
  • Unum/Swiss Life (third party)
  • Nestlé/A.S. Watson
  • Coca-Cola/Carlsberg (a joint venture in the Nordic countries)
  • Coca-Cola/Schweppes (global acquisition in over 100 countries)
  • Adecco/MPS
  • British Energy/EDF
  • The UK Competition Commission/CMA market investigations into groceries; BBA Airports; Personal Protection; Statutory Audit Services; Private Healthcare and Market Studies in multiple sectors
  • International Cartel investigations in car parts and cables
  • GTCR UK/Gorkana
  • Actavis UK/Auden McKenzie
  • Smith & Nephew/Arthrocare Care Corporation
  • Coopervision/Sauflon Pharmaceutical His past European court cases include:
  • T2/93 Dan Air (EC Merger Regulation - air transport)
  • T3/93 TAT (EC Merger Regulation - air transport)
  • C384/93 Alpine Investments (financial services)
  • C9/93 Ideal Standard (exhaustion of trade mark rights)
  • T86/95 FEFC v. Commission (challenge to EC decision)
  • C296 and C307/93 France and Ireland v. Commission (interim measures challenge to agricultural measure)
  • C408/95 Eurotunnel v. SeaFrance (challenge to the legality of the duty free regime)

Thought Leadership

  • Key Industry Lessons From the FCA's First Competition Law Case -  May 24, 2019
  • 5 Antitrust Trends for Private Equity to Watch -  March 21, 2019
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review, Ninth Edition - UK -  January 30, 2019
  • Land Agreements and Competition Law: Lessons From Recent CMA Guidance -  January 09, 2019
  • UK Adopts New Powers To Investigate Smaller Transactions Raising National Security Concerns -  June 11, 2018
  • CAT Rules on Disclosure in Peugeot S.A. and others v NSK Ltd and others  -  March 27, 2018
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - UK -  January 13, 2018
  • UK Competition and Markets Authority Increases Thresholds in Updated “De Minimis” Guidance -  June 16, 2017
  • Dow/DuPont: MOFCOM Grants First Conditional Clearance of 2017  -  May 27, 2017
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Seventh Edition - UK -  December 20, 2016
  • New UK Foreign Investment Controls May Restrict PE Deals -  November 08, 2016
  • UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs -  October 19, 2016
  • Digital Single Market: An Overhaul for Telecoms Regulation -  September 30, 2016
  • UAE Merger Control Update: Behold the Threshold -  September 29, 2016
  • UK Government Expected to Adopt a More Interventionist Approach to Takeovers and Critical Infrastructure Projects  -  September 29, 2016
  • New Foreign Investment Control of UK Critical Infrastructure Projects -  September 16, 2016
  • European Commission Adopts New EU Copyright Rules -  September 15, 2016
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2015 – Competition Law  -  December 07, 2015
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review -  December 07, 2015
  • Bolt-on Acquisitions Risk Exposure to Surge of CMA Interim Enforcement Orders -  December 15, 2014
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2014 -  October 29, 2014
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2014 - Competition Law Overview -  October 28, 2014
  • Risk of Intervention in Market for Information and Communications Technology Services for the Public Sector -  October 29, 2013
  • Information and Communications Technology Suppliers May Face OFT Focus -  August 02, 2013
  • Statutory Audit Services — The Competition Commission’s Proposed Provisional Remedies -  August 02, 2013
  • Structural Change to the UK Competition Regime -  October 01, 2012
  • China Offers First Official Clarification on Merger Notification Provisions of New Anti-Monopoly Law -  April 9, 2008
  • Consumer Products: Safety First -  March 20, 2008
  • Akzo Judgment: The CFI Clarifies Scope and Procedural Safeguards for Claims of Legal Professional Privilege -  September 26, 2007
  • Product Safety in Europe: Recent Recalls Provide a Salutary Reminder of Businesses’ Obligations -  August 23, 2007
  • Japanese Authorities Amend Consumer Products Safety Law to Require Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers to Disclose Accident Information -  April 23, 2007
  • The Last Chapter for Liner Conferences and the Extension of EU Competition Rules to Bulk Shipping -  November 22, 2006
  • Das letzte Kapitel für Linienkonferenzen und Erweiterung der europäischen Wettbewerbsregeln auf die Massengutbeförderung -  November 22, 2006
  • Banque et assurance – la Commission européenne lance des enquêtes sectorielles dans le domaine de la concurrence -  July 19, 2005
  • Banking and Insurance — European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiries -  July 19, 2005
  • Die Europäische Kommission eröffnet Untersuchungen des Wettbewerbs im Bereich der Retail-Bankdienstleistungen und Unternehmensversicherung -  July 19, 2005
Chambers UK ranks Mr. Colahan as a notable practitioner for Competition Law and notes that clients single him out as having a “hugely valuable input” to their businesses and "have nothing but positive things to say about him".Chambers UK 2015 and 2016
Bar Qualification
  • Brussels-E List
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Ireland (Solicitor)
Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law, King's College London, 1998
  • LSF, College of Law, Guildford, 1990
  • Standard Graduate Officer Course, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 1986
  • LLB, University of Nottingham, 1985
Industries
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
Practices
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Advertising & Marketing Regulation