GCR 100 2022

Brattle Group

Brattle Group

Professional notice

Global headRosa Abrantes-Metz, Loren Smith
Home jurisdictionUS
Countries with competition specialists10
Continents with competition specialists4
Total number of economists353
Competition economists195
% of firm specialised55%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees9
Group oneNot disclosed
Group twoNot disclosed
Group threeNot disclosed
Group fourNot disclosed
Lateral hires6
Departures0
Internal promotions4

Major growth is a major theme for Brattle Group, which has recently expanded its team, global footprint and portfolio of work. It recruited Rosa Abrantes-Metz in October 2020, who now co-leads the global antitrust practice alongside Loren Smith. The consultancy also launched new offices in Beijing and Shanghai in October 2021, headed up by Vanessa Yanhua Zhang, which means it now has competition specialists across four continents in the US, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Australia and China.

During our research window, the consultancy worked on a total of 94 competition matters – 36 mergers, 37 litigations and 21 investigations – representing a 36% increase on the previous year. 

Much of that recent work is confidential, but public matters are impressive. The consultancy group contributed expert testimony and economic analysis in the Epic Games v Apple litigation. It was also instructed to assist US Airways in its claim against Sabre for allegedly inflating commissions for bookings made through its global ticketing distribution system. The US carrier filed an amended complaint after the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a jury order in 2019 that required Sabre to pay the airline $15.3 million in treble damages. Other stateside litigation work includes supporting the Writers Guild of America as the defendant in a claim brought by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Also in the US, Brattle Group’s economists played a part in the Blue Cross Blue Shield antitrust litigation, during which a landmark settlement was achieved.

Across the Atlantic, the consultancy was tapped to advise in Road Haulage Association Limited v Man, which involved the first-ever collective proceedings order application in the UK following on from an EU cartel decision. Brattle Group also helped an investment bank in three UK damages actions following on from the European Commission’s forex cartel decision. Two of these claims are class actions before the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal, while the third is a private damages action brought by Allianz before the High Court of England and Wales. 

Competition investigation matters are a particularly fast-growing area of work for the group, having taken on 50% more mandates than the previous year. All of this work is confidential, but its includes matters before the European Commission, US Federal Trade Commission and other agencies.

International consultancy The Brattle Group provides economic analysis and expert testimony on antitrust and competition matters in a vast range of sectors around the world. Our network of experts includes Nobel Laureates, professors at leading universities, former chief economists at the Competition Bureau Canada and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, and former economic staff at the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice. Brattle’s work spans numerous industries, including but not limited to technology, telecom, transportation, healthcare, insurance, financial services, and energy.

Brattle’s Antitrust & Competition practice continues to expand, through both organic and lateral growth in existing and new geographies. In the last year, new hires on our US competition team included Principal and Global Antitrust & Competition Practice Co-Leader Dr. Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz and Principal Dr. Minjae Song. Dr. Abrantes-Metz, who pioneered the development of empirical screens for detecting antitrust collusion, is based in New York, while Dr. Song, who strengthens our experience in horizontal mergers and two-sided markets, is based in Washington, DC. Principal Veronica Irastorza, who is based in San Francisco and whose work covers competition and energy regulation matters throughout North America, with a particular focus on Mexico, also joined Brattle’s US team.

Outside of the US, Principal and Europe Antitrust & Competition Leader Peter Davis in London and Principal Laurent Eymard in the Brussels office joined Brattle. Their respective capabilities in the UK arena and French market contribute to our growing Europe team. In Brussels, Mr. Eymard was joined by another new Principal, Dr. Adina Claici, who focuses on competition policy developments in the EU.

In addition, Brattle welcomed Principal and Asia Antitrust & Competition Leader Dr. Vanessa Yanhua Zhang to the firm, based in New York, and opened two offices in Asia, one in Beijing and the other in Shanghai. Dr. Zhang and her team are experts in monopolization, merger analyses, and vertical restraints in greater China and internationally.

The expansion of Brattle’s Competition team has strengthened our position as a preeminent group of competition economists, with a truly global team that is able to support client needs with complex and increasingly cross-border matters around the world. We provide testimony on in-depth and high-stakes economic issues related to anticompetitive effects, price fixing, damages claims, and monopolization conspiracies, and complete analyses for investigations conducted by national competition authorities and government institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. We also evaluate large-scale corporate mergers and acquisitions deals, including in cases of efficiencies evaluations and merger reviews. Our experience spans a variety of complex horizontal and vertical transactions internationally.

Website: www.brattle.com

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