Helen Weeds

Senior Consultant to CRA

Dr. Helen Weeds is a Senior Consultant to the European Competition Practice of CRA.

She is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Management Department at Imperial College Business School, where she taught a Masters course in Digital Economics, and a Member of the Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy at City University London. She is a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee and an Academic Panel Member of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Dr. Weeds has extensive experience in competition policy, providing economic analysis and advice in more than one hundred merger, competition, and regulatory investigations in the UK, EU (EC and Member States), South Africa, and Canada. While in recent years her work has focused mainly on the media, communications and internet sectors, she also has experience in energy, mining, banking, transport, brewing, and agricultural markets, among others. In addition to competition issues she has advised on media plurality, spectrum pricing, and financial issues in regulation. She has acted as an adviser to the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Irish Competition Authority and UK Competition Commission (now CMA). She was formerly Chief Economist at Ofcom.

After obtaining a D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, Dr. Weeds held academic positions at the universities of Cambridge, Warwick and Essex, and visiting positions at MIT and Northwestern University. She has research interests in media economics, industrial organisation, and the economics of information. She has published articles in the Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, and International Journal of Industrial Organization, among others, and written a number of policy papers on current issues in broadcasting.

Selected engagements

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    CAT Upholds the BSkyB Appeal of the Ofcom 2010 Pay-TV Decision
    After a year-long deliberation, on August 8, 2012 the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) announced its decision in the appeal of BSkyB against the Ofcom 2010...
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