E.CA contributor to the GCR Insight – Enforcer Hub – Germany overview

28 January 2021 | News
E.CA contributor to the GCR Insight – Enforcer Hub – Germany overview Read More

Our directors Hans W. FriederiszickThomas Hildebrand, Simone Kohnz and Rainer Nitsche have written this year’s Global Competition Review Enforcer Hub’s economics perspective on Germany.

The article showcases the high level of competition law enforcement of the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office, FCO) over the past year, which led to important court victories. Besides a number of interventions in traditional industries, the FCO undoubtedly focused on recent developments in digital markets, where various policy papers demonstrate its appetite to shape the debate in this field. We do not expect any change from that perspective in the coming years: with the 10th Amendment of the German Competition Act in implementation, the FCO’s initiatives will be grounded in an antitrust law tailored towards digital markets.

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An extract from GCR’s Enforcer Hub. The whole publication is available here.

14 January 2021 | News
Promotions 2021 Read More

We are proud to announce the following promotions – Linda Gratz, Director; Michael Rauber, Associate Principal; Brecht Boone, Manager; Benedikt Fluegel, Jan Melcher, Florian Peiseler, Valeria Plata Franco, Senior Economist, Mariana Rocha, Team Assistant and Project Coordinator. Congratulations – Great success!

16 December 2020 | News
E.CA Economics listed in the GCR 100 2021 Read More

We are delighted to announce that E.CA Economics has been listed under Economics 21 in the GCR 100 2021 by . This is a great recognition for the work of our dedicated team. Over the past year, E.CA Economics has worked on major merger reviews by the European Commission and national enforcers in Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and the Benelux countries. Thank you to all our clients and business partners for their trust.

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4 November 2020 | News State aid
Revision of EEAG and GBER: DG Comp commissioned consortium led by E.CA Economics with background study Read More

Dr Hans W. Friederiszick,  Dr Ela Głowicka and  Dr Anselm Mattes will be leading an international consortium for E.CA Economics, commissioned by the European Commission ( DG Competition) with a background study on State aid in the field of environmental protection and energy.

The European Commission (DG Competition) commissioned an international consortium led by E.CA Economics with a background study on State aid in the field of environmental protection and energy. The consortium consists of E.CA Economics, DIW Berlin, LEAR, University of East Anglia and Sheppard Mullin. The results of the study will support the Commission in the revision of the EU Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy (EEAG) as well as the respective parts of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The study will assist the Commission in updating the Guidelines to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose, taking into account the general State aid modernisation objectives and the recent regulatory developments (notably the Clean Energy Package, Clean Mobility Package and Circular Economy Package), and that they facilitate the implementation of the European Green Deal. The revision of the Guidelines will also take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Member States economies and their funding capabilities together with the deployment of the Recovery Plan for Europe.


1 September 2020 | News
Alexis Walckiers joins E.CA Economics Read More

E.CA Economics is proud to announce that Alexis Walckiers joined its Brussels office as a Director since 1 September 2020. Alexis Walckiers comes to E.CA as the former Chief Economist of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA).  Alexis represented the BCA on international panels, like meetings of the national chief economists, and served as the President of the Association of Competition Economics from 2016 to 2018.

Alexis holds a PhD in Economics from the ECARES Université libre de Bruxelles where he teaches economics at the Solvay business school. His recent papers on vertical restraints and hub-and-spoke collusion have been published in the International Journal of Industrial Organization and the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice.

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29 June 2020 | News
E.CA Economics presenting at CRESSE 2020 Special Policy Session Read More

Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick will be participating in one of the three Special Policy Sessions organised by the CRESSE committee. In session 2 on US Vertical Mergers: Enforcement Developments and Guidelines, a distinguished panel of economists will discuss vertical mergers in different jurisdictions, also in the context of the recently proposed Vertical Merger Guidelines. Hans W. Friederiszick will be commenting on the different contributions.

The session will take place on 1 July 2020 at 17.00-19.00. Please register free of charge here to follow the live stream.

For the remaining sessions on 26 June 2020 and 7 July 2020, please go to the conference website for more information.

25 June 2020 | News Papers & reports State aid
COVID-19: Mind the Uncertainty! Read More

In this article, Gregor Langus and Brecht Boone explain how irreversibility of investment combined with market power can result in a delay in investments in the current climate of high uncertainty due to Covid-19. Building on these insights, the authors discuss the implications for the design of state aid and other fiscal policies.

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10 June 2020 | News State aid
E.CA Economics contributed to the support study on State aid rules for environmental protection and energy published by DG Competition Read More

E.CA Economics contributed to the support study on State aid rules for environmental protection and energy, written in collaboration with teams from Centre for Competition Policy and the Brussels office of Sheppard Mullin, which led the study. This report provides DG Competition with background information for the review of the EU Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy (EEAG) applicable in 2014-2020 and on the provisions applicable to aid for environmental protection and energy (Section 7) of Commission Regulation (EU) 651/2014 (GBER). Ela Głowicka co-authored the report in collaboration with Linda Gratz.

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9 June 2020 | News State aid
E.CA Economics contributed to the retrospective evaluation of regional State aid framework published by DG Competition Read More

E.CA Economics was the leader of the retrospective evaluation of the regional State aid framework project and collaborated with teams from Firms and Markets Department at the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung and the Brussels office of Sheppard Mullin. The report with the results of the evaluation was published by DG Competition on 2 June 2020. The study provides evidence-based assessment of the implementation of the RAF 2014 and its effects on regional development and competition. Hans W. Friederiszick, Ela Głowicka and Linda Gratz co-authored the study in collaboration with further E.CA staff Brecht Boone, Zachary Herriges, Harm van Leeuwen and Wiktor Owczarz.

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8 June 2020 | News State aid
DG Competition published four studies evaluating State aid rules provided by the consortium led by E.CA Economics Read More

On 2 June 2020 DG Competition published support studies on the retrospective evaluation of State aid rules, which will be a basis for future Commission decisions about whether to further prolong or update the rules expiring in 2020.

The consortium of DIW Berlin, E.CA Economics, Lear, Sheppard Mullin and UEA Consulting under the leadership of E.CA Economics provided evaluation studies in four State aid areas: regional State aid, State aid for access to finance for SMEs, State aid rules for operating aid under the EU aviation framework and State aid rules for environmental protection and energy.

Link to the “Fitness check” announcement

and link to all four studies:

Retrospective evaluation of the regional aid framework

Evaluation support study on the EU rules on State aid for access to finance for SMEs

Support study for the evaluation of the rules for operating aid under the EU aviation framework

Retrospective evaluation support study on State aid rules for environmental protection and energy

20 April 2020 | News
Gregor Langus joins E.CA Economics Read More

E.CA Economics is proud to announce that Gregor Langus is joining the Brussels office as a new Director.

Gregor, who holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute Florence, can look back on more than six years of work experience at the Chief Economist Team, DG COMP. During his two terms at the CET, he collaborated closely with three different Chief Economists and served under three Commissioners. In addition, Gregor held senior positions with major international consultancies in Brussels – CRA and Compass Lexecon.

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12 March 2020 | News
We are hiring! Read More

E.CA Economics is looking for a Teamassistenz/Teamkoordination/Paralegal (m/w/d), Vollzeit (ggfs. auch Teilzeit möglich, min. 75%)

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Cartels and other anti-competitive agreements, ECA Economics
5 March 2020 | News
E.CA Economics at the MACCI Career Day in Mannheim – 5th March 2020 Read More

Benedikt Flügel and Jan-Christopher Rönn attended the MACCI Career Day that took place in Mannheim on 5th March 2020.

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17 February 2020 | News
TSE Executive Education Seminar Read More

TSE Executive Education Seminar

Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick  participated in the TSE Executive Education Seminar “Preparing for Court: What it Takes to Be an Effective Expert Witness” that was held at the Renaissance Hotel, Brussels on 13th February 2020. He was part of the Economists table in the “Cross Examination Roundtable” panel.

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24 January 2020 | News
E.CA Contributor to the GCR Insight – Handbook of Competition Economics 2020 – Germany overview Read More

Hans W. FriederiszickSimone KohnzRainer Nitsche contributed to the Competition Economics Handbook 2020 – Germany overview – which is now live on GCR Insight.

Thomas Hildebrand, Principal E.CA Economics
20 January 2020 | News
Thomas Hildebrand promoted to Director Read More

E.CA Economics has promoted Thomas Hildebrand to director in Berlin.

Thomas joined E.CA Economics in 2011. He has extensive experience in supporting clients across various fields of competition economics, with a particular focus on cartel and information exchange cases and abuse of dominance cases. Thomas’ industry experience spans a broad variety of fields including grocery retailing, fast-moving consumer goods, chemicals, cement, refractories, automotive parts, trucks, freight forwarding, print/television/online advertising and digital markets.

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20 January 2020 | News
Promotions 2020 Read More

We are proud to announce the following promotions – Thomas Hildebrand, Director; Ela Glowicka and Anselm Mattes, Principal; Alia Schweiger, Associate Principal; Juri Demuth and Harm van Leeuwen, Manager; Paula Mäkelä, Thomas Nau and Juri Simons, Senior Economist. Congratulations – great success!

29 November 2019 | News
E.CA Economics at the Toulouse Business Networking Day – 29 November 2019 Read More

Valeria Plata and Juri Simons participated in the Toulouse Business Networking Day that was held Friday 29 November 2019 at the Toulouse School of Economics.

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15 November 2019 | News
E.CA Economics at ACE Conference Read More

Hans W Friederiszick, Ela Glowicka, Moritz Schwarz, Alia Schweiger are at the ACE Conference held in Copenhagen on 14-15 November 2019. Hans W. Friederiszick hosted a panel on a national Danish merger and Ela Glowicka presented our analysis in the panel on the Horizon/Brink merger in Germany.

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21 October 2019 | News
E.CA Economics at the Barcelona GSE Consulting Day Read More

Alia Schweiger and Benedikt Flügel attended the Barcelona GSE Consulting Day on 21 October 2019

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Open Positions, E.CA Economics
10 October 2019 | News
We are hiring! Read More

E.CA Economics is looking for Junior Economists and Interns, in particular for our Brussels office

For more information, please visit our Careers page

8 October 2019 | News
E.CA Economics attended the Tilburg University’s Inside Career Day 2019 Read More

Zach Herriges and Stefan Witte attended Tilburg University’s Inside the Business Day 2019 where they presented the firm and a case from the competition practice. They were delighted to meet a group of smart, interested and highly motivated students from all over the world to work the case study with them.

Link to the career fair

Alia Schweiger, Manager E.CA Economics
20 September 2019 | News
E.CA Economics presents at the UIA’s 10th Annual Business Law Forum in Vienna Read More

Alia Schweiger, Manager at E.CA Economics, will participate in a panel discussion on „E-Commerce & Platform Businesses: Legal Framework – A Moving Target for Producers, Brand Owners, Dealers and Consumers?“ at the UIA’s 10th Annual Business Law Forum on 20 & 21 September 2019 in Vienna.

Link to the 10th Annual Business Law Forum in Vienna


2 July 2019 | News
Theon van Dijk new Chief Economist at ACM Read More

Theon van Dijk, currently director at E.CA Economics’ office in Brussels, will be the new Chief Economist at the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) as of 1 October 2019.


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Link to the ACM press release.

1 July 2019 | News
E.CA Economics presenting at CRESSE 2019 Conference Read More

E.CA Economics Presenting at CRESSE 2019 Conference

Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick will be participating in a roundtable discussion on “Dealing with the digitalization of economies: should the enforcement rules be changed and how?”. Preceding the round table Fiona Scott Morton will give a the keynote address. The CRESSE 2019 14th  International Conference on Competition and Regulations will take place from 5th to 7th July in Rhodes (Greece).

Jan Melcher and Thomas Nau, will be attending courses and modules on Competition and Regulation at the 14th CRESSE Summer School and Conference that will take place from 29th June to 11th of July in Rhodes island, Greece.


30 June 2019 | News
E.CA Economics presented at The Antitrust Enforcement Symposium 2019, 28-29 June Read More

Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick spoke at this year’s Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Oxford. He gave a presentation on the topic ‘Reconciling Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Regulation – The Concept of Vulnerable Markets With an Application to Online Food Platforms.’ This year it featured keynote speeches by Frédéric Jenny and Andreas Mundt.

Link to the programme.

Link to the presentation.

24 June 2019 | News
4th Annual BCCP Conference, Berlin, 21 June 2019 Read More

Dr. Hans W Friederiszick participated in the 4th Annual BCCP Conference “Regulatory Challenges in Digital Markets: The Rise of Corporate Power” that was held at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center on 21 June 2019. Dr. Friederiszick moderated the “Policy Roundtable: Consumer and Competition Policy in Times of Rising Corporate Power”.

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17 June 2019 | News
2019 Hal White Antitrust Conference, 9-11 June Read More

Rafael Aigner and Paula Mäkelä participated in the Bates White 2019 Hal White Antitrust Conference that was held in Washington DC from 9 to 11 June 2019. Both Rafaël and Paula presented their research in the Poster session on the Academic agenda.

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12 June 2019 | News
E.CA Economics to speak at Chillin’Competition conference on 14th June Read More

On 14th June, Chillin’Competition organised its conference “State Aid: Charting the Territory” and spoke about the future of state aid control in a post-Brexit world.

Speakers at the conference included Viktor Kreuschitz (Judge at the General Court), Vincent Verouden (European Commission), Penelope Papandropoulos (European Commission), Massimo Merola (BonelliErede), José Luis Buendía Sierra (Garrigues), Jacques Derenne (SheppardMullin), Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo (Garrigues), Andreas von Bonin (Freshfields), Juliette Enser (Competition and Markets Authority), Christian Jordal (EFTA Surveillance Authority), Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE and College of Europe) and many others.

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Europe, ECA Economics
21 May 2019 | News
E.CA Economics co-authors paper on state aid control post-Brexit Read More

On May 20, the European Policy Centre (EPC) published the report “Ensuring a post-Brexit level playing field” on future EU-UK trading relations.

With contributions from Vincent Verouden (European Commision), Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE), David Baldock (Senior Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)), Larissa Brunner (Policy Analyst), Emily Lydgate (Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex; Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory), Marley Morris (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)), Martin Nesbit (Senior Fellow and Head of Climate and Environmental Governance, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)), Jacques Pelkmans (Senior Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)), and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

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6 May 2019 | News
E.CA Economics spoke at ECLA Conference in Prague on 24-25 May 2019 Read More

E.CA Economics has participated in a panel of the 2nd Annual Conference of the European Competition Lawyers Association, on 24 and 25 May in Prague. The panel discussed the updating of the EC Block Exemption Regulation for vertical restraints.

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Litigation, damages and arbitration, ECA Economics
28 March 2019 | News
E.CA cartel damages work mentioned in Juve article Read More

In a recent Juve article an E.CA team headed by Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick is mentioned and considered decisive for the withdrawal of a damages claims brought by Schlecker, Müller and Rossmann against chocolate and biscuit manufacturers.


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27 March 2019 | News
Speyerer Kartellrechtsforum, Speyer University Read More

Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick, Director at E.CA Economics, presented at the Speyerer Kartellrechtsforum in Speyer University on 25 March 2019 on the Change in Theories of Harm and the Effects of Digitization on Economic Analyses in Competition Law.

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Cartels and other anti-competitive agreements, ECA Economics
19 March 2019 | News
E.CA Economics at a career fair in Mannheim (28 March 2019) Read More

E.CA Economics will attend the first MaCCI Career Day in Competition Economics. The event will take place on 28 March 2019 at the Mannheim University.


19 March 2019 | News
We are currently looking for a IT/EDV Administrator / Software Entwickler / Datenanalyst Read More

For further details and requirements, please check our career page.

11 March 2019 | News
E.CA attended a career fair in Brussels Read More

E.CA Economics attended the Bocconi & Jobs abroad. The event took place in Brussels at the Pullmann Brussels Midi Hotel on 11 March 2019.

22 February 2019 | News
40 in their 40’s Notable Women Competition Professionals Award Read More

We are proud to announce that our Director, Simone Kohnz; our Associate Principal, Ela Glowicka and our Senior Consultant, Astrid Jung were acknowledged as ’40 in their 40s Notable Women at Competition Professionals in Economics’ Award organised by W@Competition.

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E.CA Economics
16 January 2019 | News
3rd Annual W@Competition Conference Read More

Alia Schweiger and Linda Gratz will be participating in the 3rd Annual W@Competition Conference that will be held on 21st February 2019 at The Hotel, Brussels.

The one-day conference will feature a number of renowned and yet to be discovered competition professionals from enforcement authorities, in-house, private practice and competition economics.

Link to the event

11 January 2019 | News
Nomination to 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards! Read More
10 January 2019 | News
Workshop: Re-municipalisation of municipal services in Europe and US: a trend or a hype? Read More

Hans. W. Friederiszick and Steffen Reinhold will participate in the workshop that will be held at the University of Amsterdam on 14th January 2019.

Steffen Reinhold will be presenting during Session II: Ideological and Political Motives in Reverse Privatization: Evidence from Solid Waste Collection in Germany. The presentation investigates whether and to what extent ideological and political motives drive reverse privatisation, or whether it is an efficient reaction to contracting problems in the private sector. If reverse privatisation was driven largely by ideological or political motives instead of efficiency considerations there would be potentially societal costs attached to providing services in-house. Distinguishing between ideological and political motives also sheds light on the question whether the recent trends towards in-house provision reflect the preferences of the electorate and the municipal decision makers or the preferences of smaller interest groups such as local entrepreneurs or public sector employees. While there is little support for the notion that political ideology is a main driver of reverse privatisation, there is evidence that interest groups are important determinants of the choice of mode of service provision.