Competition

Cartels & Competition Damages / Abuse of Dominance /
Mergers / State aid

CEG economists have substantial experience of applying economics to competition policy proceedings across the globe. We use advanced economic theory and econometric and simulation techniques to test market definition and competitive effects issues, including state aid, as well as the quantification of efficiencies.

CEG has provided economic analysis critical to getting transactions through and blocking them, determining whether and how firms exercise substantial market power and estimating the competitive effects of cartels and other restrictive agreements.

 

Cartels & Competition Damages

CEG economists have substantial experience of applying economics to Article 101 cases (and their national equivalents) before the European Commission, national authorities and courts. We have advised on a number of major cartel and restrictive agreement investigations brought by the European Commission and other competition agencies. CEG experts work for both defendants and plaintiffs in competition damages before courts.

  • UK CAT Sainsbury's against Mastercard
  • UK High Court Sainsbury's against Visa
  • Cartel Damages cases in products such as CRT, detergents, FOREX, freight forwarders, LCD, sugar and trucks
  • Cartel cases on Aircargo, bathroom fittings, car parts, cosmetics, gas insulated switches gear, oxygen therapy, public transport vehicle insurance and vending

Abuse of Dominance

CEG economists have substantial experience of applying economics to Article 102 cases (and their national equivalents) before the European Commission, national authorities and courts. Using applied economic theory and empirical techniques, we assess whether firms have substantial market power, whether there is an abuse of market position, whether competition is being harmed, quantify expected concentration efficiencies, and whether state aid constitutes a distortion of competition.

  • Assessing dominance issues for a certification system (IP / Antitrust issue)
  • Dominance issues in relation to a payment system before a competition authority in the Asian region
  • The European Commission case in relation to abuse of the patent system to delay pharmaceutical competitors
  • Defining markets and assessment of dominance issues for a beverages manufacturer
  • T-Mobile UK's network sharing agreement with H3G
  • The European Commission Article 101 case against CISAC collecting societies

Mergers

CEG economists have provided economic analysis essential to clearing high-profile merger cases and presented before the European Commission, ACCC and other competition authorities. We use advanced economic theory and econometric and simulation techniques to test market definition and competitive effects issues as well as the quantification of efficiencies.

  • KPN – Reggefiber (for Vodafone)
  • Vodafone – UPC (for complainant)
  • The BHP / Rio Tinto merger for a Japanese complainant: in-depth investigation in Australia and Europe leading to withdrawal of transaction
  • The potential acquisition of British Energy for one of the world's leading electricity utilities
  • The European Commission Phase II investigation of T-Mobile / tele.ring (for T-Mobile)
  • Advice to the ACCC on Foxtel's acquisition of the pay TV operator Austar and on Illyria's acquisition of an equity interest in Channel Ten

State aid

CEG economists have extensive experience in applying economic and financial analysis to help public and private sector clients in Article 107 cases. We provide substantiated economic analysis in all stages of State aid proceedings; in the design phase of aid measures, prior to or during notification procedures, in investigations of aid measures that are already in place, or for the purpose of ex post evaluation.

  • Compatibility assessment of aid for a solar glass manufacturer in the energy sector
  • Compliance review for the City of Amsterdam in relation to investment  in fibre networks
  • Advice to an European telecommunications incumbent in relation to potential State aid concerning ultra-fast broadband
  • Conducted a market economy operator (MEO) test for publicly owned investment funds
  • State aid compliance in relation JV between Telecom Italia and TNET for the roll out of high-speed broadband