GCR 100 - 17th Edition

E.CA Economics

10 January 2017

E.CA Economics

E.CA Economics is an entirely antitrust-dedicated firm with three Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees leading the team.

  • 100% of team works on competition cases
  • Handling more than 20 litigation cases across Europe
  • Productive partnerships with European School of Management and Technology and Bates White
Global heads Hans W Friederiszick, Rainer Nitsche
Home jurisdiction Germany, Belgium
Total size of firm 24
Competition economists 24
% of firm specialised 100%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 3
Group one 3
Group two 1
Group three 10
Group four 10
Lateral hires 0
Departures 1
Internal promotions 0

Hans W Friederiszick and Rainer Nitsche continue to lead E.CA Economics, which includes fellow Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominee Vincent Verouden. The firm benefits from its partnerships with the European School of Management and Technology and US firm Bates White, and its team of 24 economists handle important cases for major clients out of Berlin and Brussels.

While many of E.CA’s cases are confidential, the firm did notable work this past year on some public matters, such as winning approval of the HeidelbergCement/Italcementi tie-up from the European Commission; performing research for a leading German waste company on the determinants of privatisation and re-municipalisation in the industry; and standing in as the court expert in a major Austrian casino tie-up, leading to the merger’s prohibition. In total, the firm worked on three Phase II mergers and two appeal cases.

The firm was very active in conduct matters this past year too, handling more than 20 cases across industries. E.CA worked on the air cargo cartel investigation, the damages claims involving Visa and Mastercard, and litigation in the bearings, beer, coffee, cold cuts, gas insulated switchgear, rail tracks, sugar, trucks and smart card chips industries. In many of those case, the team provided a quantification of damages – typically involving court testimony – in-depth settlement support, and a complex analysis of whether any higher prices had been passed on to the end consumer.

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