GCR 100 - 17th Edition


10 January 2017


CEG may not be the biggest or oldest consultancy, but it picks up significant work for both governments and companies.

  • Eight offices in Europe, Australia and North America
  • Involved in investigations in Brazil, Singapore and Europe
  • Several government agencies are clients
Global heads Nils von Hinten-Reed, Paul Reynolds, Jason Ockerby, Tom Hird
Home jurisdiction UK, Belgium, Italy, Australia, US
Total size of firm 44
Competition economists 30
% of firm specialised 68%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 1
Group one 11
Group two 5
Group three 8
Group four 11
Part-time consultants 9
Lateral hires 2
Departures 0
Internal promotions 4

CEG is celebrating the 10 years since it was launched by Tom Hird, Nils von Hinten-Reed, Paul Reynolds and Jason Ockerby as Competition Economists Group. In that time, it has expanded beyond Europe to Silicon Valley and Sydney. The firm opened offices in Paris in September 2015 and in Düsseldorf in May 2016.

Among other work for defendants, Von Hinten-Reed, Maarten Janssen and Loes Van Bohemen submitted an expert report for Mitsubishi Elevators Europe against a cartel damages claim brought by East-West Debt, which a Dutch court threw out in July 2016.

Barbara Veronese is advising Postemobile in a €300 million damages claim brought before the Rome court by Three Italia after Italy’s Antitrust Authority ruled that Poste Italiane must grant nondiscriminatory access to the postal office networks to Postemobile’s rivals.

The firm continues to have a strong hand in the interchange fee litigation making its way through the UK courts; it is currently acting for Sainsbury’s in the supermarket chain’s cases against Mastercard UK and Visa UK. CEG is also helping to defend Gruppo Argenta against allegations that it participated in a vending machine cartel, after Italy’s Antitrust Authority fined the company and its rivals more than €100 million in June 2016 for alleged market-sharing and price-fixing.

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