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Grant Saggers

Managing Director

Contact

London
Tel: +44 20 7659 8802
Fax: +44 20 7659 8501

Email: grant.saggers@nera.com
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Education

Master of philosophy in economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge University
Masters in economic science with Distinction, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Honours in economics with Distinction, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Bachelor of Science with Distinction, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Experience

Grant Saggers, head of NERA’s London office, specializes in competition economics in the context of high value, complex disputes, where he has advised companies and regulators on competition matters for over 15 years in more than 100 assignments. Mr. Saggers’ clients describe him in international directories as “flexible, insightful, and authoritative” and commend his “strategic awareness,” “intellectual rigor,” and “eloquent manner”.

Mr. Saggers has led companies successfully through matters involving market investigations, merger clearance, state aid, competition enforcement, competition litigation, and abuse of dominance. He has particular expertise in financial services, health care, life sciences, and industrial products.

Mr. Saggers has presented expert economic evidence, on the record, in over 25 hearings in front of competition authorities and has been retained as the named expert in several recent matters in the commercial courts. For example, in 2018, Mr. Saggers was
instructed by the UK Government to provide expert evidence at the International Trade Commission in the high-profile dispute between Boeing and Bombardier.

Mr. Saggers has advised clients in matters in front of the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA, and its predecessors), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), the High Court of England and
Wales, and national competition authorities and courts.

Mr. Saggers has advised market-leading companies in CMA and FCA market studies and investigations into: 

  • Aggregates, Cement, and Ready-Mix Concrete
  • Care Homes
  • Cash Savings
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Credit Cards
  • Funeral Services 
  • Investment Consulting and Fiduciary Management
  • Payment Systems
  • Private Healthcare
  • Retail Banking
  • Retirement Income
  • Statutory Audit
  • Wholesale Insurance Brokering

Mr. Saggers has provided expert economic analysis to clients in several large merger notifications and interventions. For example, he led the economic advice to University Hospitals of Birmingham in its merger with Heartlands Hospital to form the largest hospital system in Europe, the first NHS merger that the CMA approved at Phase I on benefits. Other examples include:  Bupa / CSH (CMA); McGraw Hill / Cengage (CMA); MMC / JLT (EC); Aon / Willis (EC, for intervenor); Steris / Cantel (US); AXA / Simplyhealth (CMA); Compagnie de Saint Gobain / Maxit (EC); MyTravel / Thomas Cook (EC); Yara / Kemira GrowHow (EC); INEOS / Kerling (EC); and, Project Kangaroo (CC).

Additionally, Mr. Saggers has acted as an expert economic advisor on abuse of dominance matters in matters including: Glass; Industrial Products; Medical Devices; Mobile Handset Technology; Airline Travel Agents; Steel; GGBS; Polymers; Electricity Connections; Electricity Generation; and, Bank Charges.

Mr. Saggers has advised on cartel and information exchange issues and damages in markets including: Construction Equipment; FOREX; Aviation Insurance Brokering; Network Sharing; Trucks; Groceries; Fertilisers; and, Private Ophthalmologists.

Mr. Saggers has also supported public bodies and private companies on various State Aid matters and Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP) reports, including: the Asset Protection Scheme; the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme; the Restructuring of the Royal Mail; the funding of Ordnance Survey and UK Coal; the Bombardier ITC dispute; and the Paks II Nuclear Plant. Grant has acted as a State Aid expert in High Court litigation involving procurement disputes.

Mr. Saggers’ work has been recognized by clients and peers in leading industry publications and awards, including the Global Competition Review and Who’s Who Legal. And in 2015 the Management Consulting Association named Mr. Saggers ‘Strategy
Consultant of the Year.”  In 2022, Grant was recognised as a Thought Leader in Competition by GCR.

The publications heap superlatives on Mr. Saggers, calling out his “in-depth expertise in the financial services sector” and naming him the “go-to economist on any market study/investigation”. They also describe him as having an “outstanding set of advisory and consulting skills”, offering advice that is “continuously impressive and right on the mark”.

Mr. Saggers has three postgraduate degrees in economics. Prior to working in economic consultancy, he was a university lecturer in economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  

Title Type Author
Who’s Who Legal Interviews Grant Saggers as a Competition Thought Leader Expert QA Grant Saggers
The Role of Economics on the Road to Autonomous Vehicles and Digital Mobility White Paper Daniel Hanson, Richard Eichmann, Richard Marsden, George Anstey, Grant Saggers, Dr. Garrett Glasgow, Dr. C-Philipp Heller, Dr. Hector Lopez, Dr. Bruno Soria, Dr. Will Taylor, and Adam Rhoten