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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Jim Back

Jim Back

Counsel

Counsel
Jim Back

Jim Back is a counsel who advises major corporations on EU and multi-jurisdictional competition law issues. He specialises in merger notifications, abuse of market power, distribution and supply practices, and compliance questions across a range of sectors.

Jim's focus on energy and pharmaceutical issues is complemented by a wide range of experience in IP- driven and networked industries, particularly in telecommunications and standardisation.

  • Advised Citigroup on:
    • the acquisition of EMI
    • the subsequent US$1.9 billion sale of EMI Recorded Music to Universal (Phase II investigation)
    • US$2.2 billion sale of EMI Music Publishing to a consortium led by Sony
  • Advised Pfizer on:
    • its US$68 billion acquisition of Wyeth
    • its US$3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals
    • the US$11.85 billion sale of its nutrition business to Nestle

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Career and qualifications

  • Joined Clifford Chance 2001
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2001
  • Counsel since 2010
  • Admitted as an avocat in Brussels 2018

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Brussels Bar

Awards and citations

  • "Responsive and client-focused."
    Chambers Global 2018, Competition/European Law