Lars Wiethaus

Vice President
Lars Wiethaus | European Antitrust and Competition | Charles River Associates

Dr. Lars Wiethaus is an expert in the application of economic and quantitative techniques in the space of competition law and litigation, including merger control, abuse of dominance and damage estimations. He represented clients in front of the European Commission, German Federal Cartel Office, Austrian Federal Competition Authority, Swiss Competition Commission, as well as German and Austrian courts.

With more than 15 years of consulting experience Lars’ merger appointments include BP/Iberdrola, CIMC/Maersk MCI, Ali Group/Welbilt, DHL/Hillebrand, Greiner/Recticel, Synthomer/Omnova, Karstadt/Galaria Kaufhof, Daimler/BMW/Car Sharing JV, Microsoft/LinkedIn, Deutsche Börse/London Stock Exchange (third-party), Energizer/Spectrum Brands, Synthomer/BASF, Glatfelter/Georgia Pacific, Telefónica Deutschland/E-Plus, SIX/PayLife, Edeka/Kaiser’s/Tengelmann, Unity Media/Kabel BW, among others.

He represented clients in high-profile litigations, including pesticides, construction, trucks, emission control systems, drugstore products, smart card chips, car glass, various automotive parts, beer, telecoms, payment cards, and in the online distribution sector.

Lars worked on a large variety of Article 102 cases including in the mobile mobility platforms industry, mail, concert ticketing, social networks, payment cards, and telecoms. Advised clients in the space of purchasing alliances, spectrum auctions, and premier league rights.

In-depth sector-specific knowledge includes EV charging stations, container shipping, logistics, chemicals, platform markets, automotive, construction, retailing, telecommunications, advertising media, payment cards, and energy.

Lars is a co-editor of the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice and Competition Law & Policy Debate. He published widely in economics and law journals including the International Journal of Industrial Organization, Telecommunication Policy, Review of Industrial Organization, Information Economics and Policy, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb. Lars regularly speaks at conferences and competition law seminars and provide training for judges.

Regularly lauded by Who’s Who Legal as “One of the best economists in Europe“, “A very clever economist and an asset to the market,” “Superb economist who understands business logic and provides very sound economic advice – His advice is crystal clear,” “advice is second to none in terms of quality, robustness and speed.” Repeatedly selected as “Thought Leader – Global Elite.”

Selected engagements

  • 01
    European Commission unconditionally cleared EV charging station joint venture between Iberdrola and BP
    On October 26, 2023, the European Commission unconditionally cleared the – first of its kind – joint venture between gasoline and service station provider, bp,...
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  • 02
    CRA consultants support Trainline in landmark Bundeskartellamt decision
    In a landmark decision, the Bundeskartellamt found that Deutsche Bahn abused its dominant position in the German rail market by, among others, foreclosing...
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  • 03
    Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn
    For Microsoft, CRA economists advised on the $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in Europe and the US. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cleared the...
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