John D. Colahan

Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

John D. Colahan

John D. Colahan

Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

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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.

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)

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John D. Colahan
Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
Education
Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law
Class of 1998

King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs.

LSF
Class of 1990
Graduate
Class of 1986
LLB
Class of 1985

The School of Law is situated in the idyllic surrounds of the beautiful University Park Campus - the perfect location for studying, accessing facilities, and the hub of student life. They value excellence in teaching coupled with a strong research base and have a broad range of impressive teaching and research activities. Their students and staff come from all over the UK and the rest of the world.

Career History
Partner
Current

Latham & Watkins LLP is a full-service law firm. The firm offers services in the areas of finance, litigation, tax, banking, life sciences, private equity, real estate, government relations, employment law, and outsourcing. The firm practices in a spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Latham & Watkins was established in 1934 and is based in New York, New York.

International Antitrust Counsel
Prior

The Coca-Cola Co. is the nonalcoholic beverage company, which engages in the manufacture, market, and sale of non-alcoholic beverages which include sparkling soft drinks, water, enhanced water and sports drinks, juice, dairy and plant-based beverages, tea and coffee and energy drinks. Its brands include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Minute Maid, Georgia, Powerade, Del Valle, Schweppes, Aquarius, Minute Maid Pulpy, Dasani, Simply, Glaceau Vitaminwater, Bonaqua, Gold Peak, Fuze Tea, Glaceau Smartwater, and Ice Dew. It operates through the following segments: Eurasia and Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific, Bottling Investments and Global Ventures. The company was founded by Asa Griggs Candler in 1886 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Transactions
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ACCO Brands Corp., Acco Europe Ltd. purchase Esselte Sverige AB from Prospect Hill Growth Partners LP

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ONEX Corp., Onex Wizard Acquisition Co. II SCA purchase SIG Combibloc Group Ltd from Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd.

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The Emirates Group, dnata purchase Gold Medal International Ltd. from Thomas Cook Group plc

Awards & Honors
Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
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John D. Colahan is affiliated with Latham & Watkins LLP, The Coca-Cola Company

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