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Charles River Associates

Charles River Associates is a global economic consulting firm headquartered in Boston and London, with a further 12 offices in the US and another five in Europe. The firm provides economic consultation to major law firms, corporations and governments in high-profile competition law cases before the authorities in the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. 

Total number of listings: 48
Economic Consulting - Competition Economists: 45
Economic Consulting - Quantum of Damages: 2
Forensics & Litigation Consulting - Accountants: 1

With over 150 competition economists, the firm is almost unrivalled in its capacity to provide expert opinion on some of the largest mergers and antitrust disputes. Indeed, it leads the way in our competition economists chapter with 45 experts ranked in its European and North American offices. CRA acts for an impressive roster of clients on their biggest matters, including Google, Novartis, Pfizer, Deutsche Bank, Visa Europe and Samsung.

The firm’s professionals are among the leading economists in their respective countries. A former Global Competition Review Economist of the Year Cristina Caffarra heads the competition team in Europe from the London office. She is described as “a rainmaker” who is very active before the EU Commission and national authorities and courts. Other top names in London include Matthew Bennett, a former director of economics at the Office of Fair Trading, and William Bishop, a reputed senior economist with over 26 years of experience acting as a consultant. Raphaël De Coninck leads the firm’s Brussels office and is a widely recognised name in the market with deep expertise in antitrust matters, having been a former member of the chief economist team at the European commission. Alongside him, Damien Neven is “a renowned academic” and a former chief economist at the Directorate-General for Competition, who acts as senior consultant on some of the firm’s biggest cases.

In Washington, DC, Steven Salop is a leading authority on microeconomics, antitrust, competition and regulation, ranking among the most highly regarded in our research. Respondents describe him as “deeply respected by everyone in the field.” Alongside him, Andrew Dick and Michelle Burtis also rank as among the top economists in the capital. In Boston, Michael Salinger is a director of the bureau of economics at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and is considered a highly reputed source of advice and opinions. Margaret Sanderson leads CRA’s global and Canadian competition practice. She previously headed the economics unit at the Competition Bureau, and has since testified in numerous antitrust matters before Canadian courts and regulatory authorities, and the FTC.

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