GCR 100 2021



Professional notice

Global headsNils von Hinten-Reed, Jason Ockerby, Tom Hird
Home jurisdictionUK
Total size of firm22
Competition economists21
% of firm specialised95%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees1
Group one4
Group two4
Group three4
Group four9
Lateral hiresNone
Internal promotionsNone

CEG may be smaller than many of the economic consultancies we list, but it nonetheless advises on complex matters across its offices in London, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Sydney, San Francisco, Milan, Zug and Rotterdam. 

Economists Nils von Hinten-Reed and Fabian Rinnen were retained by German food retailer Metro in the sale of its Real hypermarket chain to real estate investor Redos. The team also advised a group of mobile virtual network operators on the TPG/Vodafone mobile merger in Australia. Although the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission opposed the tie-up in May 2019 after an in-depth review, an Australian court in February 2020 sided with the merging parties and allowed the €9.3 billion tie-up to proceed. 

In non-merger work, CEG advised German shoe retailer Deichmann Group in its lawsuit against the Association of German Banks, which it accused of unlawfully fixing merchant fees for card use. The consultancy provided an expert report on damages suffered as a result of the banking association’s alleged anticompetitive conduct. The case was pending before a lower regional court of Berlin at the time of writing. 

Waste management companies Suez, Veolia and Wolseley hired the firm to provide economic analysis on damages suffered for their follow-on claims arising from the Trucks cartel. The plaintiffs have accused multiple truck manufacturers, including DAF, Renault, Volvo, MAN, Iveco and Daimler, of participating in a cartel to fix the prices of trucks and passing on the cost of environmental compliance to consumers. In October 2020, a UK appellate court denied a request by the truck manufacturers to contest certain facts in the European Commission’s Trucks cartel settlement decision during follow-on litigation.

CEG is a leading economic consultancy with offices in Brussels, Düsseldorf, London, Milan, Rotterdam, Sydney and Zürich. We apply economic and financial analysis to address competition, regulatory and damages issues.  

CEG is listed among the world’s leading competition economics practices by the Global Competition Review. Our senior team is consistently rated by peers and clients in the list of recommended experts.

CEG helps clients to prepare their response to a wide range of issues. Using a combination of economic and financial theory, quantitative techniques and industry knowledge, we advise on case strategy, provide input into client submissions and prepare expert reports. We have presented before government agencies and acted as experts in courts and arbitral tribunals across the globe.

CEG brings together experienced economists from competition and regulatory agencies, industry and academia. We rigorously apply economic theory and quantitative techniques to offer  insightful and dependable advice. Our advice takes full account of the theoretical and practical issues required for effective competition and regulatory advice.

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