Joanna Tsai

Vice President

Joanna Tsai is a Vice President in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice of Charles River Associates in Washington, DC.  She has over 15 years of experience in antitrust and intellectual property matters, and has held positions in private practice, academia, and government.

Who’s Who Legal ranked Dr. Tsai as the #1 “most highly regarded” competition economist in North America 45 years old and under in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  One of the sources Who’s Who Legal interviewed expressed that “Joanna offers a great balance of being insightful in her analysis, practical in her dealings with clients and clear in her advocacy.”  In 2020, the publication states that “Joanna Tsai is a ‘standout economist’ who consistently exceeds client expectations in a broad range of competition issues.”

Dr. Tsai is Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, and Member of the ABA’s 2020-2021 Transition Task Force.  She was economic advisor to Commissioner Joshua Wright at the Federal Trade Commission from 2013-2015, advising on a broad range of competition, intellectual property, and consumer protection issues.  She is a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences and has published articles in the Antitrust Source, Antitrust Bulletin, Antitrust Magazine, and the Antitrust Law Journal.  Dr. Tsai has also served as faculty at Stanford University’s Hoover IP Squared Summer Institute and visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Selected Engagements

  • 01
    CRA expert Joanna Tsai advises e-commerce platforms in successful merger
    CRA economists advised a global e-commerce leader in a $300 million acquisition of a US-based specialized online platform.  The transaction was announced and...
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  • 02
    Large multinational corporation’s acquisition of a medical device business
    Economic expert for a large multinational corporation’s acquisition of a medical device business from another multinational pharmaceutical company.
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  • 03
    Merger between two digital promotion network and data analytics businesses
    Economic expert for merger between two digital promotion network and data analytics businesses.
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