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Gibson Dunn

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Partner, Gibson Dunn
London, Great Britain

Experience & Areas of Interest:

Ali Nikpay is a partner in the firm's global antitrust and competition practice and head of the competition and antitrust practice group in London. A partner of both our London and Brussels offices, he has more than 20 years of competition, antitrust and litigation experience in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Nikpay was at the UK competition authority where he served as the Senior Director for Cartels and Criminal Enforcement from 2009 to 2013. In this role he was responsible for leading all of the Cartel enforcement activities in the UK and liaising with senior officials in other major authorities such as the US DOJ, EU Commission, the Korea FTC and the Japanese FTC in worldwide investigations. He was also one of the main decision makers in merger cases. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the Senior Director responsible for Policy, Legal Advice and International matters. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Senior Director for Competition Case Scrutiny and Policy. In these leadership roles, he developed and implemented major changes to the UK's competition enforcement regime, reshaping in particular its cartels and criminal practices and delivering decisions in some of the most significant merger cases in recent years, including Anglo American/Lafarge, LSE/LCH.Clearnet, BATS/Chi-X, and Rank/Gala. Mr. Nikpay also led the OFT's ground-breaking work on the reform of the UK's private competition litigation system and of the legislation governing the prosecution of the criminal cartel offence. During his time in charge, the National Audit Office found that the OFT was "leading the intellectual debate on substantive issues in competition analysis."

Prior to his tenure at the OFT, Nikpay was in private practice where he worked on some of the most significant merger matters in Europe, including GE/Honeywell, GE/Instrumentarium (the EC's first "non-dominance" unilateral effects merger case) and the OFT's Chapter II investigation into BSkyB. Before that he spent almost five years at the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission in Brussels, where he provided legal and policy advice in over 50 antitrust and merger cases. He was also lead case-handler on a number of the most important competition and merger cases, including the investigation in Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile/Formula 1 and the merger clearance of a joint venture between Kirch/BSkyB, which was upheld in its entirety on appeal to the European General Court. He was also significantly involved in important policy reform in the areas of vertical agreements and non-cartel horizontal agreements.


  • Master of Science, London School of Economics

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