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John Davies is a Senior Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in Paris. He began his career in 1994 as a consulting economist specialising in regulation and competition, working on mergers (such as HP/Compaq), regulatory reviews in gas, electricity and airports and privatisation of utilities.
He has recently returned to consulting after 12 years working in several public sector roles. He was Director of Economic Analysis and then Chief Economist at the UK Competition Commission (CC) from 2003 – 2008, leading the CC’s team of economists and responsible for economic analysis on all the CC’s cases, including the first ever CC investigations under the Enterprise Act. Notable cases included the major Groceries, Airports and Payment Protection Insurance market investigations, merger investigations such as BSyB/ITV, Somerfield/Morrisons and rail franchise mergers, as well as regulatory reviews in energy, telecoms and transport. He left the UK CC in 2008 to found the Competition Commission of Mauritius, where as Chief Executive he established the organisation and led it through its first years of enforcing the new competition law in Mauritius. In 2011 he moved to head OECD’s competition division, where he led the team organising regular ‘roundtable’ meetings of competition agency heads from around the world, including supervising the analytical papers produced for those events, and he advised Governments at ministerial level on competition policy.
He graduated from King’s College Cambridge in 1989 with a 1st class degree in Economics and then completed his M. Phil. in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1992, specializing in Industrial Organization. After leaving Oxford, he taught economics at the University of Namibia for two years.
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