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.

Name Title Location Phone Email
Dr. Lawrence Wu President San Francisco +1 415 291 1007
Dr. Alan Cox Managing Director San Francisco
+1 415 291 1009
+1 415 291 1009
+1 416 868 7314
Dr. Graeme Hunter Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 7724
Dr. Hiroaki Ishigaki Managing Director Tokyo +81 3 3500 3295
Dr. Chantale LaCasse Managing Director Washington, DC
+1 202 466 9218
+1 416 868 7314
Prof. Dr. Frank P. Maier-Rigaud Managing Director
Head of Competition Economics Europe
+49 30 700 1506 80
+32 2 674 8818
+33 1 70 75 0180
James Mellsop Managing Director Auckland
+64 9 928 3290
+64 4 819 2550
+61 2 8864 6536
Dr. Christine Siegwarth Meyer Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Intellectual Property Practice
White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4119
Dr. Ramsey Shehadeh Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 6089
Dr. Lauren Stiroh Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice
White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4143
Bradley A. Heys Director Toronto
New York City
+1 416 868 7312
+1 212 345 2691
Grant Saggers Director London +44 20 7659 8802
Dr. Ling Ling Ang Associate Director New York City +1 212 345 5409
Bryan Ray Associate Director White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4004
Dr. William S. Taylor Associate Director Auckland
+64 9 928 3292
+61 2 8864 6535
Dr. Kristin Terris Associate Director Los Angeles +1 213 346 3003
Dr. Nicola Tosini Associate Director Berlin
+49 30 700 1506 70
+32 2 674 88 17
+39 345 3942428
Dr. Stephanie Demperio Senior Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 9227
Dr. Garrett Glasgow Senior Consultant San Francisco +1 415 291 1029
Tilling Lee Senior Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 9268
Dr. Elizabeth M. Bailey Affiliated Academic San Francisco +1 415 291 1041
Dr. Michael Baye Affiliated Academic Washington, DC +1 202 466 9298
Prof. Dr. Marc Ivaldi Affiliated Academic Paris
+33 1 70 75 01 90
+32 2 282 4340
+44 20 7659 8500
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwalbe Affiliated Academic Berlin
+49 711 4592 2992
+32 2 674 8810
Dr. Andrew Joskow Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 3510
Dr. Alyssa Lutz Affiliated Consultant Los Angeles +1 714 545 3000
Linda McLaughlin Affiliated Consultant New York City +1 212 345 5340
Todd Morrison Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 9213
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