GCR 100 - 19th Edition

Analysis Group

14 December 2018

Antitrust has been part of Analysis Group’s core focus since it was established in 1981. The team has worked recently on key competition cases at the heart of the healthcare, media, communications, transportation, computer and payment card industries. It boasts one of the largest practices in our survey, and has been on a notable growth spurt – adding 48 antitrust economists since the last Economics 20 survey.

Global heads Martha Samuelson
Home jurisdiction US
Total size of firm 652
Competition economists 253
% of firm specialised 39%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 4
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Lateral hires 4
Departures 3
Internal promotions 11

The group of 253 competition specialists bolstered its practice with the appointment of Claudio Calcagno as a vice president in the economic consultancy’s London office and the hiring of Antoine Chapsal as a principal in Paris in 2018. Chapsal, Pierre Cremieux, Emmanuel Frot and Analysis Group president and chief executive Martha Samuelson are Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees, while Rebecca Kirk Fair, Mark Lewis and Dov Rothman are recognised as future leaders in their field.

The group advised media company Scripps in its acquisition by television company Discovery. The deal combined Discovery’s portfolio – which includes brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet – with Scripps’ HGTV, Food Network and Cooking Channel. The deal saw Discovery own five of the top female networks in ad-supported pay-TV, accounting for more than a 20% share of women watching primetime in the US. The team supported Scripps’s lawyers in evaluating the potential competitive concerns with multichannel video programming distributors for bundled programming. The deal was subsequently approved in 2018.

Analysis Group was involved in 121 antitrust litigations in the past year – the largest number of the economic consultancies that reported the statistic. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) retained the team for the agency’s review of Sanford Health’s proposed acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic. Sanford Health is the largest rural, non-profit healthcare system in the US, and the Mid Dakota Clinic is one of the largest employers in the region. In 2017, a trial judge granted a preliminary injunction halting the proposed merger; the two hospital networks have appealed.

In one of the highest-profile antitrust cases of the year, Analysis Group assisted the economic expert testifying on behalf of former traders being criminally prosecuted by the US Department of Justice for allegedly manipulating foreign exchange benchmarks. As this publication went to press, all three defendants were found not guilty by a jury in New York federal court.

Analysis Group also advised Microsoft in a Canadian class action that accused the company of exclusionary and anticompetitive conduct regarding its operating system and applications. The case was settled.

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