Australia: Competition Economists 2018

This year’s research highlights 11 economists for their excellent in-depth analysis and testimonial expertise in competition issues that include M&A dealings and antitrust matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Greg Houston HoustonKemp Economists, Sydney
2. Philip Williams Frontier Economics, Melbourne

Economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics sees two individuals recognised here.
Head of the legal and competition practice Philip Williams is known for his long-standing experience in the field during which time he has advised on various high-profile competition cases in the region.
Warwick Davis enjoys a great reputation among peers who commend his extensive experience in the economics and consulting fields.

RBB Economics is a standout economic consultancy firm in the market, boasting two listings in this chapter.
George Siolis is highlighted by sources as a “regular testifier in cases” and is recognised for his first-rate work on competition issues such as mergers and alleged misuse of market power.
Yan Yu enjoys a strong reputation in the field, having worked on competition cases on both a domestic and international scale across a range of industries.

Competition Economists Group (CEG) is one of the leading groups in the practice area, with two experts recognised.
Tom Hird has extensive experience in the intersection of economics and competition. He is able to provide clients with a combination of intelligent economic analysis and a strong understanding of the competition market.
Jason Ockerby is a specialist in the Asia-Pacific region and boasts experience across various industries including telecoms and energy. He provides expert analysis on a range of competition issues, most notably mergers and acquisitions.

Charles River Associates is another strong presence in the field and has two experts listed here.
Jennifer Fish is a first-class expert who has advised clients on various competition issues including cartels and alleged misuse of market power with a history of providing analysis to national competition regulators.
Geoff Edwards has advised clients on an array of competition issues throughout various industries, particularly in the telecoms market. His specialisation includes advising on issues regarding alleged abuse of domination claims, in addition to matters concerning mergers and investigations.

Greg Houston of HoustonKemp Economists is considered "a strong practitioner with strong experience" providing economic analysis in relation to issues such as merger deals, enforcement proceedings and regulatory matters.
At the University of Queensland, Flavio Menezes is widely regarded as a “very good economist” who is frequently engaged on high-profile cases across a variety of industries.

Rhonda Smith at the University of Melbourne is noted by one peer to be "a very fine person, highly respected for her advice to the ACCC”. She wins high praise for her experience providing economic expert advice to regulatory bodies in the region.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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