NERA Economic Consulting Announces Senior-Level Promotions

28 July 2022

NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic advice and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, is pleased to announce that Nathan Blalock, Leen Dickx, Dr. Ignacio Franceschelli, and Zuzana Janeckova have been promoted to Associate Director. In addition, Robert Lauer and Rachel Northcutt were promoted to Senior Consultant.

Associate Directors

Nathan Blalock specializes in the evaluation of liability and damages in antitrust lawsuits; the competitive effects of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; and global trends in the enforcement of intellectual property rights. He has analyzed economic issues across a wide range of industries, including technology; agricultural products; energy exploration, production, distribution, and retail; pharmaceuticals; securities and finance; chemical; and natural resources. In addition to legal and regulatory work, Mr. Blalock consults on demand forecasting and the evaluation of procurement prices using econometric methods and economic theory. His analyses help guide strategic planning through the development and implementation of models that elucidate the underlying economic drivers of clients’ businesses.

Leen Dickx specializes in the economics of utility markets and regulation, advising clients in the energy, transport, and telecommunications sectors across Europe. Her works spans regulatory, advisory, and competition policy; arbitration and litigation; due diligence; and valuation. Ms. Dickx supports regulated utilities and infrastructure companies during price control reviews. She also advises investors on regulatory due diligence assignments in the energy, water, and transport sectors around the world.

Zuzana Janeckova has nearly 10 years of experience working as a regulatory and financial economist, specializing in quantum and damages assessment for litigation and international arbitration as well as the economics of utility regulation. Ms. Janeckova has acted as a consulting expert in more than a dozen investor-state and commercial disputes. She has experience in regulatory economics with a particular focus on the financial aspects of utility regulation. Ms. Janeckova advises clients on finance issues across all regulated utility sectors.

Senior Consultants

Based in Berlin, Robert Lauer specializes in litigation, merger analysis, and abuse of dominance, among other matters. His experience spans a range of industries—including the automotive, energy, financial services, telecommunication, and transport sectors—and he has worked with corporations, law firms, policymakers, and regulators. Mr. Lauer’s work covers several jurisdictions, including Germany, the UK, and the EU, having prepared submissions to competition authorities including the Federal Cartel Office in Germany, the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK, and the European Commission.

Rachel Northcutt works with utilities and government agencies concerning the procurement of renewable energy credits and wholesale energy, capacity, and full requirements supply through competitive bidding processes. Ms. Northcutt has managed competitive energy procurements and auctions throughout the US, including procurements for renewable energy from utility-scale solar, wind, and brownfield projects. 

About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For more than six decades, we have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real-world industry experience to issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. Continuing our legacy as the first international economic consultancy, NERA serves clients from major cities across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.