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John Embleton


John Embleton

An associate in our Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice, John advises on all aspects of antitrust and competition law, with a particular focus on international merger control. He has extensive experience in merger control proceedings with a large number of competition authorities worldwide. 

John advises large global clients on competition regulations and merger control requirements, working with authorities and local lawyers across a range of different jurisdictions and legal systems. John has experience helping clients with the competition aspects of a variety of different transaction structures and across a range of industry sectors.  John provides clients with pragmatic solutions to coordinate competition obligations around the world to help clients close their deal in the most effective and streamlined way possible. 

John studied law (jurisprudence) at Pembroke College, Oxford University before taking the LPC at BPP Law School in London. He completed his training contract with Hogan Lovells in London.  Alongside competition law, John also gained experience in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Infrastructure Finance and Insurance practice areas. On qualification in 2013, John joined the Hogan Lovells team in Brussels, before returning to the UK team in 2016.

Representative experience

Acting for IBM on the EU and worldwide merger control aspects of the sale of its $2.3bn x86 server business to Lenovo.

Advising Foxconn on its acquisition of the Nokia feature phone manufacturing and distribution business from Microsoft.

Advising a leading technology company on joint ventures with major life sciences companies for the development of an e-health services and bio-electronic medicines.

Acting for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to secure global antitrust merger approvals for the integration of Mitsubishi Hitachi Metals Machinery with Siemens MT.

Advising Suzo-Happ on the competition aspects of its acquisition of certain assets from Crane, which were divested pursuant to a European Commission decision.

Advising IBM on the merger control aspects of its US$1.5bn sale of its microelectronics (semiconductor) business to GlobalFoundries.

Advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in respect of the competition aspects surrounding the establishment of an offshore wind turbines joint venture with Vestas.

Education and admissions


  • L.P.C., BPP University, 2010
  • B.A. Law, University of Oxford, Pembroke College, 2009

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Republic of Ireland
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