Cristina Caffarra

Cristina Caffarra

Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice
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GCR Economist of the Year, 2013
GCR Economist of the Year Finalist, 2014
GCR Merger of the Year Europe, 2014

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Dr Cristina Caffarra heads up the Competition Team of CRA in Europe - a team of over 70 economists based between London, Brussels and Paris.

Dr Caffarra holds a Master and PhD in Economics from Oxford University and is an expert in the application of modern industrial economics to competition law, as well as the empirical analysis of markets in the context of competition investigations. She has provided economic advice to companies on issues of merger control, assessment of vertical restraints, finding of dominance, evaluation of abusive conduct, and several other competition / antitrust issues including bundling, tying, rebates, price discrimination, other forms of potentially exclusionary conduct, intellectual property rights, information exchanges, collusion and the assessment of damages.

She has directed and coordinated empirical and theoretical economic analyses, and provided expert economic advice and testimony on several cases before the European Commission, the competition authorities of several member states (including the UK, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Finland and Sweden) as well as the Courts in several jurisdictions.

She has been advising before the European Commission (DG Comp) on several of the most high-profile merger investigations of recent years. She has also been involved in numerous Art 101 and Art 102 investigations before DG Comp, including cartels, agreements and information exchange cases, abuse of dominance cases such as margin squeeze and investigations of conduct around standard essential patents, investigation of interchange fees, as well as investigations of market coordination / abuse in matters such as LIBOR, CDS, manipulation of financial and energy benchmarks among others. She has been also involved in various follow-on damages actions arising from EU Commission decisions of cartel infringements, as well as anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominance. As well as working before various agencies in numerous Member States, she has given expert evidence before the General Court in Luxembourg, the CAT in the UK, the High Court in Dublin, the Competition Appeal Tribunal in South Africa, and the courts in various Member States.

Dr Caffarra has worked for research institutions both in Italy and at Oxford. She is on the Editorial Board of the European Competition Law Journal, she lectures in competition economics at UCL, and has published articles for competition journals as well as presented papers on the economics of competition law at numerous international and academic conferences.


PhD, Economics, University of Oxford
BA, Economics, University of Modena

European competition practice leader Dr. Cristina Caffarra is an antitrust and competition expert. Dr. Caffarra has provided antitrust and competition expertise in legal matters throughout Europe and the European Union.