UCL Faculty of Laws


Andrew McLean

Key Information

Andrew McLean joined UCL as a PhD candidate in September 2018. He is writing a thesis on the implications of financialisation for competition law, titled ‘Competition Law in an Era of Financial Capitalism’.

To support his doctoral research, Andrew has been awarded scholarships by UCL Faculty of Laws and the Modern Law Review. Although postponed due to covid-19, Andrew has also been named as an International Scholar-in-Residence by the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association and appointed as a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.

Andrew holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an LLM in Law and Economics with Distinction from Queen Mary University of London. Before joining UCL, he worked as an investment consultant with KPMG.

Andrew holds additional positions as a Teaching Fellow at UCL Laws and as a Junior Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society.

PhD title: 'Competition Law in an Era of Financial Capitalism'

Qualifications / Education Summary:

  • LLM in Law and Economics, Queen Mary University of London
  • MA (Hons) in Economics, University of Edinburgh

Email address: andrew.mclean@ucl.ac.uk

Research Supervisors

Research Interests

Competition law and economics, corporate governance/finance, law and political economy

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Fellow, UCL Faculty of Laws, 2019—
  • Junior Research Fellow, UCL CLES, 2018—
  • Academic Advisor on Competition Policy, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 2019
  • Investment Consultant, KPMG, 2016-17

Public Engagements & Media Coverage

  • ‘A Financial Capitalism Perspective on Killer Acquisitions: Introducing the Economic Goodwill Test’ (June 2020), 15th Annual Conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA), hosted online by University of Haifa, University of Düsseldorf and University of Zurich.
  • ‘The nascent regulatory narrative. What should be next?’ (February 2020), How Should We Regulate Platforms and Ecosystems? Competition Law and Policy Workshop, London Business School.
  • ‘Reassessing Competition Law under Financialised Conditions: Lessons from Common Ownership’ (August 2019), Thirteenth Annual Competition Law, Economics & Policy Conference, Competition Commission of South Africa.
  • ‘Common Ownership, Asset Managers and Environmental Sustainability’ (June 2019), Competition Law and Sustainability Conference, Sciences Po Paris.
  • ‘Competition Law, Common Ownership and Innovation’ (June 2019), Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, Durham University.
  • ‘Competition Law and International Investment Law: Reassessing the Interaction in an Era of Global Financial Capitalism’ (September 2018), International Investment Law & Competition Law Colloquium, University of Zaragoza.


  • Ioannis Lianos and Andrew McLean, ‘Financialisation of the digital value chains and competition law’ in Marco Corradi and Julian Nowag (eds) The Intersections between Competitions Law and Corporate Law and Finance (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2021).
  • Andrew McLean, ‘A Financial Capitalism Perspective on Start-up Acquisitions: Introducing the Economic Goodwill Test’ (2020) UCL CLES Research Paper 2020/2, available at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cles/research-papers.
  • Ioannis Lianos, Andrew McLean and Azza Raslan, ‘The scope of competition law in the digital economy’ in Ioannis Lianos and Alexey Ivanov (eds) Digital Era Competition: A BRICS View (BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre 2019).
  • Andrew McLean, ‘Bond Exchange-Traded Funds’ (2018) 15(4) International Corporate Rescue 240.
  • Andrew McLean, ‘Beyond the Regulatory Border: Shadow Banking and the Asset Management Industry’ (2018) 15(1) International Corporate Rescue 56.
  • Andrew McLean, ‘Monetary Policy Normalisation in the United States: Implications for Corporate Solvency in Emerging Market Economies’ (2017) 14(1) International Corporate Rescue 60.