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Mark Ponder provides in-depth economic analysis for mergers and acquisitions and antitrust litigation for clients in such industries as midstream and downstream oil and gas, online real estate advertising, airport services, construction materials, electronic article surveillance (EAS) technologies, internet media, food product wholesalers, and men's apparel.


In the men's apparel industry, Dr. Ponder developed statistical models to assess the potential competitive effects in a $1.8 billion acquisition that resulted in the successful clearance by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) without any remedies. He also managed a team of researchers analyzing the proposed acquisition of an online real estate advertising firm for $3.5 billion, resulting in a unanimous vote by the FTC commissioners to close their investigation into the acquisition.

Before joining NERA, Dr. Ponder was a research assistant at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.


  • PhD in economics, University of Minnesota
  • BSc in economics, George Washington University