GCR 100 - 17th Edition

RBB Economics

10 January 2017

RBB Economics

RBB grew through promotion and lateral hires this past year, and the firm now has 82 competition-dedicated economists.

  • Provided economic analysis for many merging companies to help achieve unconditional or conditional clearances in the European Union and elsewhere
  • Involved in major multinational antitrust cases, including the investigation into Booking.com’s practices
  • Major presence across the globe, including Europe, Africa and Asia
Global heads N/A
Home jurisdiction UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, France, South Africa, Australia
Total size of firm 82
Competition economists 82
% of firm specialised 100%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 14
Group one 15
Group two 11
Group three 24
Group four 32
Lateral hires 16
Departures 7
Internal promotions 10

RBB Economics, whose 82 economists all focus on competition matters, is continuing to grow. This past year, the firm hired 16 people laterally and promoted 10 internally promotions; of the seven who left the firm, none were from groups one or two. The firm also boasts an impressive 14 Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees, and the expertise shines through with some of the major clients they represent.

On the merger front, RBB provided economic analysis for FedEx in its acquisition of TNT, a deal which was unconditionally approved in many jurisdictions, including the EU, Australia, China and Brazil. The firm also served as economists for Staples in its attempt to acquire Office Depot, attaining conditional clearance in the European Union for a deal that ultimately failed in the United States after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction. The firm also worked on many South African and Swedish mergers.

Regarding behavioural matters, RBB worked on behalf of some of the biggest companies in the world, including providing economic analysis for Google in its ongoing dominance case in front of the European Commission regarding its search feature and Android devices. The firm also helped Booking.com in investigations of its price-parity clauses by 12 national competition authorities; and provided economic analysis for JAL in the air cargo litigation, which has spanned much of the globe.

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