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.

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

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.

Link to Press Release

Link to BCA news

Link to GCR news article

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

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!

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.

Link to the article

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

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.

Link to the report

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

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.

Link to the report

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

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

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!

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

Link to job description DE/EN

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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

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

Link to the flyer of the event

Link to the website

17 February 2020 | News
TSE Executive Education Seminar

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

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

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.

Download press release here

Link to GCR News article

20 January 2020 | News
Promotions 2020

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

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.

Link to the website

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

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.

Link to the Program

Link to the Website

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

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

Link to the Career Fair

 

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

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

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

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

 

Theon van Dijk, Director E.CA Economics
2 July 2019 | News
Theon van Dijk new Chief Economist at ACM

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.

 

Link to press release.

Link to the ACM press release.

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

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

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

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”.

Link to Programme

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

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.

Link to the Academic agenda

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

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.

Link to the conference website

Europe, ECA 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.

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)

Link to report

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

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

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
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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 organised 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 organised in collaboration with the Centre for studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) and the University of Naples Federico II.

Link to the event