Antitrust and Competition

Cartels/Price Fixing

Cartels/Price Fixing

Investigations of and litigation concerning alleged cartel activity may cross international borders and include multiple legal jurisdictions. Fortunately, NERA’s global reach enables us to provide assistance to clients across Europe, Asia, and the Americas where regulators have heightened their focus on allegations of collusive anticompetitive behavior. As a result, NERA experts have extensive experience evaluating allegations of price fixing, bid rigging, customer and geographic allocation, buyer cartels, rate manipulation, and other collusive behavior throughout the world. Our economists have worked on a broad variety of criminal investigations and civil litigation involving allegedly anticompetitive agreements, including horizontal (between competitors) and vertical (between firms at different levels of the supply chain) agreements. Our previous work covers a wide variety of products and services, including agricultural commodities and natural resources, capital equipment, transportation and fuel surcharges, industrial inputs, consumer goods and services, and financial benchmarks.

NERA’s economists provide the full suite of capabilities and services needed to evaluate allegations of price fixing and other cartel activity, and to address all aspects and phases of the regulatory, enforcement, and legal processes that such allegations put into motion. We examine detailed transaction or bidding data and conduct a wide range of economic analysis to determine whether the alleged conspiracy is consistent with actual market conditions and rational economic behavior. Our experts assess the volume of commerce affected by alleged conspiracies, calculate the associated pecuniary gains or losses, and evaluate the effective duration and impact of alleged conspiracies.

In criminal matters, NERA's analyses have helped companies and individuals accused of anticompetitive collusion evaluate their exposure, prepare their best defense, or even avoid criminal charges altogether. In civil litigation, we examine whether liability, impact, and damages may be proved on a classwide basis using common proof; estimate overcharges, if any; and assist clients in reaching settlements with opposing parties. NERA experts also have testified at criminal and civil trials arising from cartel investigations, including testimony for individuals accused of criminal conduct.

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Dr. Lawrence Wu President San Francisco +1 415 291 1007
Bradley A. Heys Senior Managing Director Toronto
New York City
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+1 212 345 3000
Dr. Graeme Hunter Senior Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 7724
Dr. Hiroaki Ishigaki Senior Managing Director Tokyo +81 3 6871 7041
James Mellsop Senior Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice
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+64 4 819 2550
+61 2 8864 6536
Dr. Christine Siegwarth Meyer Senior Managing Director White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4119
Grant Saggers Senior Managing Director London +44 20 7659 8802
Dr. Ramsey Shehadeh Senior Managing Director Washington, DC +1 212 345 6089
Dr. Lauren Stiroh Senior Managing Director White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4143
Dr. Ling Ling Ang Managing Director Washington, DC
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+312 573 2827
Dr. Will Taylor Managing Director Auckland
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+61 2 8864 6535
Dr. Nicola Tosini Managing Director Berlin
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+32 2 674 88 17
+39 345 3942428
Dr. Garrett Glasgow Director San Francisco +1 415 291 1029
Tilling Lee Director Washington, DC +1 202 466 9268
Bryan Ray Director White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4004
Dr. Kristin Terris Director Los Angeles +1 213 346 3003
Dr. Michael Baye Affiliated Academic Washington, DC +1 202 466 9298
Dr. Alan Cox Affiliated Consultant San Francisco +1 415 291 1000
Prof. Dr. Marc Ivaldi Affiliated Academic Paris
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+32 2 282 4340
+44 20 7659 8500
Dr. Andrew Joskow Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 3510
Dr. Chantale LaCasse Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC
+1 202 466 9218
+1 416 868 7314
Dr. Alyssa Lutz Affiliated Consultant Los Angeles +1 714 545 3000
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