News & Events

Our economists shape the debate on competition law and economics by contributing to some of the most high-profile competition cases in Europe, by conducting research and publishing in scientific and non-academic journals, and by speaking and discussing at major conferences and workshops on all topics of competition economics. Every year, we invite distinguished scholars, regulators and practitioners to exchange ideas at the E.CA Expert Forum.

Vincent Verouden, Director E.CA Economics
12 June 2019 | News
E.CA Economics to speak at Chillin’Competition conference on 14th June

On 14th June, Chillin’Competition will organise its conference “State Aid: Charting the Territory”.  E.CA Economics Director Vincent Verouden will speak about the future of state aid control in a post-Brexit world.

Other speakers at the conference include Viktor Kreuschitz (Judge at the General Court), 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.

Link to the conference website

Vincent Verouden, Director E.CA Economics
21 May 2019 | News
E.CA Economics co-authors paper on state aid control post-Brexit

On May 20, the European Policy Centre (EPC) published the report “Ensuring a post-Brexit level playing field” on future EU-UK trading relations. E.CA Economics Director Vincent Verouden co-authored the chapter on the topic of state aid control, together with by Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE).

With further contributions from 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)

Link to report

Theon van Dijk, Director E.CA Economics
6 May 2019 | News
E.CA Economics spoke at ECLA Conference in Prague on 24-25 May 2019

Dr. Theon van Dijk, Director at E.CA Economics in Brussel, 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

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.

 

Link to article

27 March 2019 | News
Speyerer Kartellrechtsforum, Speyer University

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.

Link to presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Link to W@ 40 in their 40’s list

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

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!
10 January 2019 | News
Workshop: Re-municipalisation of municipal services in Europe and US: a trend or a hype?

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.

10 January 2019 | News
Promotions 2019

We are proud to announce the following promotions – Bas Dessens, Principal; Rafael Aigner, Manager; Christoph von Muellern, Manager; Sefan Witte, Manager; Brecht Boone, Senior Economist; Harm van Leeuwen, Senior Economist. Congratulations – great success!

Rainer Nitsche, Director E.CA Economics and Research Fellow, ESMT
14 December 2018 | News
ERA Judges training – Antitrust enforcement in digital markets

Rainer Nitsche presented at the Training for National judges on Antitrust enforcement in digital markets in Düsseldorf on 13-14 December 2018. His presentation covered the characteristics of digital and multi-sided markets as well as market definition.
The 1.5-day seminar aims at equipping judges who deal with competition law cases with the tools to understand online platforms and analyse digital, two- and multisided markets and train them to take the relevant competition law and economic considerations into account in the execution of their tasks. The seminar focuses on building specialised knowledge on digital markets and online platforms with regard to the application of Article 102 TFEU and merger control.

7 December 2018 | News
European Job Market organized in collaboration with the Centre for studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) and the University of Naples.

Vincent Verouden and Harm van Leeuwen are participating in the first European Job Market, this 6 and 7 December 2018 in Naples, Italy.

The EEA launches the first European Job Market, on December 6-7 2018, in Naples, Italy. The Job Market will take place immediately after the Econometric Society Winter Meetings (ESWM). Participating candidates will be interviewed by institutions from all over Europe, including universities, business schools, research centres and central banks. This year’s edition of the job market is organized in collaboration with the Centre for studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) and the University of Naples Federico II.

Link to the event

30 November 2018 | News
European Forum on Competition Litigation

Hans W. Friederiszick participated in the European Forum on Competition Litigation that was held in Surrey (UK) on 28-30 November 2018.

Each year, the Forum’s Steering Committee welcomes up to 48 leading legal practitioners from across Europe, each of whom is personally selected and specialises in competition litigation matters. The group include representatives for both defendants and claimants, supplemented by a select group of economists and funders. The purpose of the Forum is to share the most pressing issues faced on behalf of clients, to learn how others address these problems and identify solutions that can work for each company.

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23 November 2018 | News
Business Networking Day organised by the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

Linda Gratz and Valeria Plata Franco participated in the Business Networking Day organised by the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) on 23rd November 2018.

During the event, they had the opportunity to meet students with diverse backgrounds and from different economics programs. Furthermore, they conducted interviews and presented the company during the day.

Link to the event page

18 November 2018 | News
Annual ACE Conference-Bologna 15-16 November 2018

This year’s Annual ACE Conference was held at the University of Bologna (Italy) from 15 to 16 November 2018.  During this conference, Hans W. Friederiszick chaired the Keynote Speech addressed by Lars-Hendrik Röller and followed by a discussion with Tommaso Valleti, on the role of economics in public decision making. Rainer Nitsche, gave a presentation during tha paralell session on the Germany Merger-Cement merger: Experimenting with new methods for defining local geographic markets and virtual slicing remedies, while Theon van Dijk was presenting at the Antitrust in Dutch Courts – VBO vs Funda paralell session and Vincent Verouden at the  Ex post assessment of the impact of state aid on competition paralell session.

Link to the Conference site

Link to the Program

25 October 2018 | News
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE) Consulting Day

Steffen Reinhold and Romain Defoort participated in the Consulting Day organised by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE) on 22 October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Link to event programme

Rainer Nitsche, Director E.CA Economics and Research Fellow, ESMT
24 October 2018 | News
Mannheim Competition Policy Forum

Rainer Nitsche spoke at the Mannheim Competition Policy Forum on 24 October 2018. He talked about intra-platform competition on hybrid e-commerce platforms like Amazon. The Forum aims at providing a platform for the discussion of recent cases, general competition policy issues, and relevant academic research in the field. Renowned practitioners and academics are invited to present their views on cases and general policy questions. The presentation is followed by a discussion of the economic implications with the audience.

12 October 2018 | News
London School of Economics Careers Consultancy Fair 2018

Simone Kohnz, Juri Simons and Bas Dessens participated in the LSE Careers Consultancy Fair 2018, organised by the London School of Economics (LSE) in London on 11 October 2018.

10 October 2018 | News
University College London – Banking, Finance & Economics Careers Fair

Simone Kohnz, Juri Simons and Bas Dessens participated in the Banking, Finance & Economics Fair organised by the University College London (UCL) on 10th October 2018.

29 September 2018 | News
Economics for EU Competition law: An essential tool for the national judge

Steffen Reinhold taught in the ERA Course on Economics for EU Competition Law  from 27 to 28 September 2018 in Trier.

This course provided a thorough introduction to economic tools for judges in Article 101 and 102 TFEU cases.

12 September 2018 | News
The Android Decision: Which theory for what harm to competition?

On 11 September 2018 Hans W. Friederiszick presented at the  Global Competition Law Centre’s 102nd Lunch Talk in Brussels. Moderated by Eric MORGAN DE RIVERY, JonesDay, Nicholas BANASEVIC, DG COMP, Tero LOUKO, Google, and Hans, E.CA Economics, the panel discussed the recent Google Android decision.

 

Link to Hans’ view on the case

21 August 2018 | News
E.CA Economics sponsors the EARIE Annual Conference 2018

E.CA Economics is again sponsor of the EARIE Annual Conference. This year it will take place in Athens (Greece) from 31 August to 2 September 2018 and it is hosted by the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE). The Scientific Committee Chair is Paul Heidhues (ESMT Berlin and DICE, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf).

 

Link to the conference site

Open Positions, E.CA Economics
19 July 2018 | News
We are currently looking for economists at all levels

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

2 July 2018 | News
CRESSE 2018 – 13th International Conference on Competition and Regulation

Hans W. Friederiszick, Rafael Aigner and Stefan Witte participated in the 2018 CRESSE Conference titled “Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation”. It took place  from 29th June to 1st July in Crete. Hans contributed to a panel on ‘Foreclosure in platform markets‘ which was chaired by Howard Shelanski, a  former Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics.

Link to Conference Program

26 June 2018 | News
15-year celebration of the Chief Economist Team, DG COMP

On June 26th, DG Competition’s Chief Economist Team celebrated its 15th anniversary. Four current or past E.CA economists took part in this event: Lars-Hendrik Röller, the first Chief Economist and one of E.CA Economics founders, Hans W. Friederiszick, Ela Glowicka and Vincent Verouden. Commissioner Vestager and Director General Laitenberger congratulated the CET.

12 June 2018 | News
America has the internet, we have the things! The German way forward in regulating digital platforms

 

Hans W. Friederiszick spoke at the CCP 14th Annual Conference on Competition Policy and Industrial Policy: Is there a need for a new balance?, on 7-8 June at the Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich. His presentation “The German way forward in regulating digital platforms”  focussed on the evolution and effects of digital platform markets and the German vision to regulating the market.

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Europe, ECA Economics
30 May 2018 | News
E.CA Economics has been awarded a framework contract in the area of state aid policy by the European Commission, DG Competition

E.CA Economics has been awarded a framework contract for the provision of support studies for evaluations and impact assessments in the area of State aid policy by the European Commission, DG Competition

The subject of this contract is to conduct evaluation and impact assessment studies regarding one or more State aid policy instruments (legislation, guidelines, notice etc.) from an inter-disciplinary perspective and in accordance with the Commission’s binding evaluation and impact assessment standards.  The contract was awarded to a consortium of five partners: DIW Berlin, E.CA Economics, Lear, Sheppard Mullin and Uea Consulting. E.CA Economics is the consortium leader.

E.CA Economics Expert Forum - Berlin
13 March 2018 | News
E.CA Economics co-organised LIVE IP, Antitrust & Innovation conference

E.CA Economics co-organised this year’s GCR LIVE IP, Antitrust & Innovation conference, which was held in Hotel Amigo Brussels on 13 March 2018. A short report of the event can be found here.

Simone Kohnz, Director E.CA Economics
11 January 2018 | News
Simone Kohnz promoted to director

E.CA Economics has promoted German national Simone Kohnz to director in Berlin.

Simone joined E.CA Economics in 2007 after having worked for a UK-based economic consulting firm. She has extensive experience in economic consulting advising clients from a wide range of industries, in all fields of competition policy and across a number of jurisdictions including Germany, the European Union, the UK, and Austria and specialises in the quantification of damages in private litigation cases.

Download press release here.

Download the GCR article here.

Rainer Nitsche, Director E.CA Economics and Research Fellow, ESMT
11 December 2017 | News
Gesprächskreis für Beihilfenrecht

Rainer Nitsche presented at the Gesprächskreis für Beihilfenrecht on 11 December in Berlin.  He spoke about rescue and restructuring aid.

His presentation can be found here.

Theon van Dijk, Director E.CA Economics
19 October 2017 | News
CMS EU Competition Conference 2017

Dr Theon van Dijk presented at the CMS EU Competition 2017 on 19 October 2017. The conference brought together leading competition law practitioners, economists, in-house counsels, government officials, judges and academics. Johannes Laitenberger, Director General DG Competition, EU Commission, was the special guest speaker.

More details about the conference can be found here.

Maastricht, E.CA Economics
31 August 2017 | News
E.CA sponsors 2017 EARIE conference

E.CA Competition sponsored this year’s EARIE conference, which was held in Maastricht from 31 August to 2 September. EARIE is the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics. At the EARIE annual conferences academic papers in the area of industrial organization and regulation are presented and discussed. Further details of the conference can be found at www.earie2017.org.

Oxford, E.CA Economics
24 June 2017 | News
The Antitrust Enforcement Symposium 2017

With more than 40 senior law and economic experts, the Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Oxford has become one of the leading platforms for most recent competition policy issues around the globe. The symposium was organised by Ariel Ezrachi and Bill E. Kovacic and supported by E.CA. This year it featured keynote speeches by Maureen Ohlhausen, FTC, Paul Johnson, Canadian Competition Bureau and Bob Marshall Bates White. Hans W. Friederiszick, E.CA, contributed to the panel discussion on digital markets.

See the programme of the Symposium here.

Europe, ECA Economics
21 June 2017 | News
DG COMP Workshop on pass-on

DG Comp organised a workshop in Brussels with economic experts on the quantification of passing-on of overcharges in damages actions. Academic presentations were given by Roman Inderst, Özlem Bedre-Defolie, Markus Reisinger, André Romahn, Frank Verboven and Frode Steen, among others.

Hans W. Friederiszick, E.CA, discussed the practical feasibility specifically highlighting the discrepancy between economic and legal causality according to the recent Sainsbury’s vs. MasterCard decision (CAT, 2016).

Please find the presentation here.

1 June 2017 | News
CMS-Roadshow Kartellrecht 2017

Simone Kohnz gave a presentation at CMS-Roadshow Kartellrecht 2017 in Stuttgart on the methods of cartel damage estimation. She discussed different approaches to estimating cartel overcharges and the impact of market conditions and data availability on the choice of the appropriate method. She also presented factors that influence the likelihood and extent of the pass-on of overcharges to consumers.