CRA Careers - Practice Areas - Antitrust & Competition Economics

Antitrust & Competition Economics

  • CRA economists advised counsel to Novartis throughout reviews of its three-part, $23 billion merger with GlaxoSmithKline. With the divestment of certain oncology drugs, the EC and FTC determined the deal would not hinder innovation and the development of new oncology drugs. CRA also advised Novartis on the sale of its animal health business to Eli Lilly.

  • CRA economists assisted Postmedia and Quebecor Media (QMI) throughout a review by the Competition Bureau. Ultimately, the agency decided not to challenge Postmedia’s $305.5 million acquisition of QMI’s English-language newspapers noting it is unlikely to lessen competition for advertising or readership in areas of overlap.

  • CRA’s Antitrust and Competition Economics practice is a leader in providing economic analysis, advice, and testimony for antitrust and merger cases worldwide. Our work as antitrust experts focuses on rigorous empirical assessments of whether competition in a market has been (or will be) adversely affected, leaving consumers to face higher prices, fewer choices, or stifled innovation.

    Dating back to CRA’s founding over 50 years ago, our projects are often led by prominent scholars studying the economics of industrial organization and antitrust—including Fiona Scott Morton (Yale), Kevin Murphy (Chicago), Steven Salop (Georgetown), and Carl Shapiro (Berkeley). CRA’s expertise in antitrust and competition economics finds application in a wide range of cases including those related to monopolization, collusion, exclusive dealing, innovation policy, and merger review. We tailor our analyses to the facts of each case, employing tools such as econometrics, game theory, upward pricing pressure analysis, or merger simulation as needed. Whether before a court or a regulatory agency, CRA consultants set a high standard for the clear communication of sophisticated economic analysis in complex cases.

    Clients include government agencies, law firms, and corporations of all sizes. Our engagements address issues at the forefront of the evolution of antitrust policy and enforcement. Projects arising from antitrust litigation include competitive analysis of open versus integrated software systems (e.g. iPod/iTunes integration), two-sided payment platforms (e.g. credit/debit card payment systems), and delayed entry of generic pharmaceuticals. Merger review projects undertaken by CRA’s teams span a wide spectrum of industries, and often involve the evaluation of high-profile acquisitions. Past engagements include Microsoft/LinkedIn, CVS/Aetna, Staples/Office Depot, AT&T/T-Mobile, and Virgin America/Alaska Airlines.

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