GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Analysis Group

11 January 2018

Founded in 1981, Analysis Group is a US consultancy born on the banks of the Charles River in Boston – and from the area’s fertile field of economists – that has included competition expertise from the start. It boasts the largest amount of antitrust litigation advisory work in our survey, with experts involved in 83 separate cases.

Global head Martha Samuelson
Home jurisdiction US
Total size of firm 591
Competition economists 205
% of firm specialised 35%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 4
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Lateral hires 0
Departures 5
Internal promotions 5

In the latter half of 2016 and first half of 2017, Analysis Group worked on major cases in the healthcare, media and communications, transportation, commodities, computer software/hardware, and payment card industries. Perhaps most notably during that time, it helped the US Department of Justice win two merger trials that dealt with two very different industries and arguments.

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division retained Analysis Group while trying to block the merger between health insurers Anthem and Cigna. Economist David Dranove acted as an expert witness on market definition, the impact on market concentration, competitive effects including the loss of innovation, the impact on medical costs and entry. He testified multiple times during the trial in late 2016, providing both affirmative testimony as well as rebuttal testimony to the merging parties’ three economic experts, and ultimately secured a spot on the winning side after a Washington, DC federal district court granted the injunction and an appellate court upheld it.

Up the coast in Delaware, another Analysis Group affiliate testified for the government in another successful merger trial: the Antitrust Division’s lawsuit against the merging of radioactive waste disposal companies EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists. Economist John Mayo analysed market definition, finding that the proposed tie-up would substantially increase concentration in the relevant markets and would eliminate the close, head-to-head competition that has demonstrably benefited customers.

The firm also found itself on the joint defence group in multidistrict litigation, alleging that several major contact lens makers artificially inflated the prices of disposable contact lenses by using unilateral pricing policies. Affiliate Edward Snyder and president Pierre Cremieux addressed issues related to class certification. Analysis Group also continues to represent several defendants in the ongoing Optical Disk Drive Products antitrust litigation. Those merger and litigation matters only scratch the surface of the firm’s work, as it handled 14 in-depth merger reviews, 83 antitrust litigations and 15 government-facing investigations.

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