GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Berkeley Research Group

10 January 2017

Berkeley Research Group

The Berkeley Research Group grew substantially and now has one of the largest teams of competition economists in the market.

  • Hired 135 economists, of whom 45 are competition specialists
  • Two managing directors and one director promoted
  • Had lateral hires at several offices around the world
Global heads Henry Kahwaty, David Kaplan, David Scheffman
Home jurisdiction US
Total size of firm 815
Competition economists 157
% of firm specialised 19%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 6
Group one 26
Group two 29
Group three 50
Group four 50
Lateral hires 3
Departures 1
Internal promotions 1

US-focused consultancy Berkeley Research Group grew considerably in the past year, hiring 135 new economists, of whom 45 focus on competition. The firm also added a couple of managing directors to boost its international presence; Ernesto Carrasco joined the Mexico City office from Carrasco Consultores, and Christos Pitelis – a professor and head of the strategy and international management group at the University of Bath – joined the London office. Director David Campbell also joined the Washington, DC, and Los Angeles offices after presiding over Wicomico Analytics Group.

It was a busy year for BRG, especially in front of Canada’s competition authority. Henry Kahwaty provided expert testimony in Parkland Fuel Corporation’s acquisition of Pioneer Energy, a merger involving the acquisition of gas stations and wholesale gas station supply contracts that was challenged by the Competition Bureau in Canada. Additionally, Church testified for the Toronto Real Estate Board in a high-profile dispute between the board and the Competition Bureau regarding sales prices and other information realtors used to create virtual office websites.

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