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10 April 2024 | News
Winner of Antitrust Writing Award Read More

E.CA Economics has won the Antitrust Writing Award. Our “EU publication on State aid: E.CA supports DG Competition with revision of Railway Guidelines” was awarded in the category “cross-border”. Congratulations to our directors Elzbieta Glowicka and Anselm Mattes and all other involved colleagues. The study was conducted by a consortium lead by E.CA and included LEAR, Sheppard Mullin, UEA and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.

Click here if you want to read more details about the study and the results.

19 March 2024 | News
European Competition Law Read More

The new edition of the European Competition Law by Prof Helmut Schröter, Robert Klotz, and Bernhard von Wendland was published recently.

Our director Hans W. Friederiszick and associate principal Rafael Aigner contributed the chapter “The role of economic analyses in the enforcement of European antitrust law”.

This reference work for competition law covers the entire field of antitrust and merger law with all procedural rules, enriched with commentaries and interpretations by relevant experts.

The fact that we were able to participate in this standard work is a nice proof of how much our expertise is recognised and appreciated in the industry.

The book (ISBN 978-3-8487-6325-2) can be ordered via this link.

18 March 2024 | News
Dynamics of Generative AI Read More

On the 22 March 2024 the conference “Dynamics of Generative AI,” will take place in Berlin. The central question that will be discussed is: What will define the future of AI ecosystems? The conference is co-hosted by the Weizenbaum-Institut and the Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute.

At the event lawyers, economists, computer scientists, and social scientists will gather their knowledge to find answers around this question.

E.CA Economics is proud that our director Elżbieta Głowicka has an active part in the discussion. She will talk about how vertical partnerships and/or integration in the GenAI value chain can facilitate competition in GenAI products.

12 March 2024 | Events
Women@CompetitionDE Talk on Digital Markets Act Read More

On March 11th, our manager, Pauline Affeldt, delivered an insightful presentation on Big Tech acquisitions in the app industry at the W@CompetitionDE Talk DMA – Let’s go! in Berlin, an event co-organized by Elżbieta Głowicka and Pauline Affeldt and hosted by Blomstein. The event was attended by over 50 participants who engaged in lively discussions centered around the Digital Markets Act and the legal and economic challenges in implementing and enforcing it effectively.

The key insights from the talk were:

  • The DMA is the first ex ante regulation of big tech firms and it reverses the burden of proof compared to competition policy tools.
  • In best case, the DMA will lead to more competition on the existing platforms and help firms at the edge of becoming big to compete with gatekeepers.
  • The panelists agreed that it is unclear whether the DMA will be able to significantly lower the market power of gatekeepers.
  • Gatekeepers have many means to secure their position, since many business practices are difficult to prove and transparency is missing.
  • The ban on self-preferencing might lower commissions for third-party sellers, but it is also likely to affect the profitability of product offerings by the hybrid platform.
  • Transparency of gatekeepers’ acquisitions may facilitate more transactions being investigated and remedied or prohibited under merger control.

Pauline highlighted in her presentation that most Big Tech acquisitions were not investigated by competition authorities since they did not reach traditional notification thresholds of merger control that look at turnover or the number of employees. Under the DMA, gatekeepers will now have to inform the European Commission about all their acquisitions. This increased transparency of gatekeepers’ acquisitions may facilitate more transactions being investigated and remedied or prohibited under merger control. Pauline further presented her joint research with Reinhold Kesler investigating competitors’ reactions to GAFAM acquisitions using data from the Google Play Store. The results show that competing apps innovate less following app acquisitions by GAFAM. In addition, affected developers reallocate innovation efforts to unaffected apps and affected markets experience less entry post-acquisition.

Full presentation can be found by the link.

12 March 2024 | News
E.CA contributes to Noerr Competition Day Read More

Our director Anselm Mattes will contribute to the Noerr Competition Day on 14/15 March 2024 in Munich. The conference will cover many topical issues in competition law and practice and can be expected to offer many valuable insights!

In a plenary panel Dr Mattes will discuss with Thorsten Käseberg from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action the latest developments in German competition law, e.g.

  • the new powers of the Bundeskartellamt following a sector enquiry, which were introduced with the last amendment to the German competition law (§32f)
  • the newly introduced one percent presumption of harm in the case of benefit skimming (§34(4))

Also, part of the discussion will be the following potential changes to German competition law that are currently under discussion, inter alia

  • changes to the notification thresholds in merger control with a focus on killer takeovers
  • greater consideration of sustainability in competition law, e.g. in sustainability agreements between companies
  • a stronger role for the Bundeskartellamt in consumer protection and the interplay between consumer protection and competition

We are very much looking forward to the 11th edition of the Noerr Competition Day.

2 January 2024 | News
Promotions 2024 Read More

New year – new promotions. We are happy to announce that E.CA Economics keeps growing and getting stronger. We start 2024 celebrating the promotion of our exceptional colleagues:

Promotion to Associate Principal: Brecht Boone, Juri Demuth, Harm van Leeuwen
Promotion to Manager: Benedikt Flügel, Jan Málek, Simon Specht
Promotion to Senior Economist: Julius Hohberg, Malte Jeschonneck, Raphaël Poncet, Giulia Santosuosso, Owen Weijie Yan

Congratulations!

20 December 2023 | News
E.CA recognized in GCR ranking 2024 Read More

This has become a nice tradition at the end of the year – already since 2008: GCR has recognised E.CA Economics, in its GCR 100 ranking, as one of the top 20 competition economics firms globally. 

E.CA is considered “highly recommended” by its clients and seen as a unique independent European competition economics firm, rooted in Germany and with offices in Brussels and London. Their description also points to our strong collaboration with our partners from the US consultancy, Bates White.

GCR emphasises the scholarly credentials of our economists and the strength of our academic network. Furthermore, the excellent E.CA team has nine Who’s Who Legal nominees, including four Future Leaders, which speaks – according to GCR – to the quality of our team up and down the ranks.

We want to thank our clients and partners who have contributed to this ranking year after year with their positive reviews and recommendations.

13 October 2023 | News
Alena Kozakova appointed to GEMA Board Read More

We are delighted to announce that Alena Kozakova, our Director in the E.CA’s London office, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the UK’s Board of Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA). She will exercise her new role in addition to her role with us at E.CA.

As a Non-Executive Directors, Alena will be responsible for bringing independent oversight and support, and help guide the Office of Gas and Electricity Market (Ofgem) work on current and future challenges – from restoring resilience in the energy market to maintaining progress towards the UK’s net zero goals.

Alena’s appointment is a recognition of her outstanding skills and contribution as an economist in the public and private sectors. We are convinced that Alena will fulfill her tasks at GEMA in her usual excellent manner. We are very proud and happy to have you in the E.CA team. Congratulations, Alena!

Here is the official press release from GOV.UK.

We contribute substantial value for our clients by providing tailor-made advice built on thorough economic analyses. We deliver robust results and a clear exposition.


E.CA Economics is a renowned European economics consultancy that builds its case-related advice in the fields of competition policy and regulation on thorough research. As a partner of ESMT Berlin, the highest-ranked business school in Germany and Top 10 in Europe, E.CA can draw on the latest economic research.

We contribute substantial value for our clients by providing tailor-made advice built on robust economic analyses.
We deliver accurate results and a clear exposition.

With our international team of over 45 professional economists, three of whom have been nominated by Who’s Who Legal Competition as outstanding experts, we cover projects in more than 15 European countries and beyond. On transatlantic cases, we work jointly with our US partner firm, Bates White LLC.

E.CA Economics has been named in Global Competition Review’s annual ranking of the top 21 competition economics groups since 2008.

Data security is a priority at E.CA Economics. We received the Cyber Essential Certificate, which accredits our company with being cyber-secure. Additionally, we offer our clients safe data rooms via a leading provider with servers in Germany; we work with encrypted and certified emails and comply with the most recent data protection laws.

Team

“E.CA is an economic powerhouse: we produce solid and convincing analysis within demanding time frames. I am proud that we have positioned E.CA Economics in the high-quality segment for economic consulting – this reputation gives our work extra weight.”

Rainer Nitsche, Director

“If you are interested in applying rigorous economic analysis to competition questions, E.CA Economics is the place to be. I got involved in challenging and exciting cases from the beginning. By now I have provided economic advice in all fields of competition law.”

Linda Gratz, Director

"E.CA is a great place to develop your skills. You will be challenged by projects in all areas of competition economics across all industries and you will learn from the best experts in this field."

Elżbieta Głowicka, Director

“Nowadays, rigorous empirical and analytical work – developing a sound conceptual framework, identifying strategies, plain visualisation and robust econometrics – are key factors of success. Being part of a team which excels at all of those dimensions is exciting.”

Hans W. Friederiszick, Director

“Economists at E.CA combine scientific rigour with a drive to work on relevant problems and find practical solutions. This makes E.CA a great place to work and adds real value for our clients.”

Rafael Aigner, Associate Principal

“Being an economist, it’s hard to think of a better place to work than at E.CA as both economic theory and econometric techniques form the core of our work. Furthermore, you will become part of a talented and warm team, where each contribution is valued!”

Brecht Boone, Manager