Svend Albaek

Senior Consultant to CRA
Svend Albaek | European Competition | Charles River Associates

Svend Albaek has more than 25 years of experience at the highest levels of European competition policy development, antitrust investigations, and rules enforcement.

Prior to joining CRA, Svend was for several years Deputy Chief Economist in the European Commission’s Competition Directorate-General. He joined the Commission in 1998, working first for two years in the unit in the Industry Directorate-General dealing with industrial aspects of competition policy before moving to the Merger Task Force (MTF) in DG Competition in 2000.

While at the MTF he was involved in several Phase II merger investigations, coordinated the MTF’s Centre for Excellence in Economics, and was a main author of the Commission’s horizontal merger guidelines. He then moved to the Antitrust Policy and Strategic Support Unit where he worked on the Commission’s Article 82 Review until joining the Chief Economist Team in 2007. In the CET Svend worked on merger and antitrust cases as well as the revision of various guidelines. He coordinated the work of the CET in the field of antitrust from 2011 to 2024 and was furthermore the Deputy Chief Economist from 2014 to 2020.

From 1992 to 1997 Svend was associate professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen, where he taught industrial economics. He has also done research at University of Aarhus, UCLA, the European University Institute and Tilburg University, and published articles in the Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, European Competition Law Review, Antitrust Bulletin, Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Concurrences, and other international journals, as well as in various edited books.