|Global head||Nils von Hinten-Reed, Mark Conaty|
|Countries with competition specialists||6|
|Continents with competition specialists||2|
|Total number of economists||21|
|% of firm specialised||100%|
|Who’s Who Legal||Competition nominees: 4|
Compact boutique CEG has offices across Europe and Australia. The consultancy was founded in the UK in 2007 – where global co-head Mark Conaty currently resides – and now also operates in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, which is home to global co-head Nils von Hinten-Reed. In May 2021, the consultancy promoted Fred Wandschneider to director of its German office, while fellow Düsseldorf-based economist Fabian Rinnen was named head of econometrics and data analytics.
The consultancy advises on some of the most significant antitrust damages cases in Europe, including assisting Sainsbury’s with its bid for damages against Mastercard. The UK’s Supreme Court endorsed CEG’s assessment of pass-on in its judgment of June 2020, finding that the interchange fees were anticompetitive. Also in the UK, CEG advises a large group of claimants that include Veolia and Suez in their follow-on claims against the EU Trucks cartel.
Elsewhere in Europe, the consultancy assisted a major German car manufacturer with its damages calculations related to the Roll-on, Roll-off Shipping cartel. It acts for cash and carry retailer Metro in its follow-on claims against German Sugar cartelists and also assists petrol station chain JET in its bid for damages against German banking associations that were found to have fixed prices for the acceptance of debit cards. On the investigations side, Wandschneider and Rinnen advised a confidential distributor of cables in a cartel probe before Austria’s Federal Cartel Authority, which ultimately ended without any charges against the company. The pair are also assisting a major construction company during the Austrian enforcer’s largest-ever cartel probe into price-fixing in the construction industry.
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.