Hans W Friederiszick
Office:
Schlossplatz 1
10178
City:
Berlin
Country:
Germany
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+49 30 21231 7010

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition: Economists

Hans W Friederiszick is a director of E.CA Economics and one of the founders of E.CA Economics. He was representing the parties in the multibillion-dollar Holcim/ Lafarge merger and in the eye-catching German EDEKA/Kaiser’s Tengelmann case (which was resolved in a ministerial approval). In private litigation, his work in the synthetic rubber cartel, air cargo and credit card cases (plaintiff side) and on smart card chips and FMCG (defendant side) has been widely recognised.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.

I specialised in microeconomics as an undergraduate. Graduating as one the best of my year, I received a grant and was accepted in a PhD programme at the Humboldt University and the Free University, Berlin. After two years in private practice, I became part of the first team of the chief economist at DG Competition, having the honour to shape the application of economics in the field of state aid. Co-founding E.CA in 2007 (with Lars-Hendrik Röller and Rainer Nitsche) and building E.CA to become the market leader in Germany brought me to where I am today.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO COMPETITION WORK IN PARTICULAR?

A practical training at DG Comp’s merger task force in 1998 showed me that someone is taking economic research seriously – fascinating!

YOU ARE REGULARLY RETAINED AS AN ECONOMIC EXPERT IN PROCEEDINGS ACROSS EUROPE. WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN A TESTIFYING ECONOMIST?

Competence and honesty. Wise judgement on complex matters.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGER ECONOMISTS WHO ONE DAY HOPE TO BE IN YOUR POSITION?

Don’t do what everyone is doing – do what you consider is fun. Working hard is, however, also part of the game, as is being honest to yourself in terms of what you are good at.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALITIES THAT THE FIRM POSSESSES THAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER OUTFITS IN THE EUROPEAN MARKET OFFERING SIMILAR SERVICES?

Despite having two offices (in Berlin and Brussels), we attempt to work as one team. No vertical silos, no firm-in-firm model. A flat hierarchy and maximal knowledge-sharing are also important to us. Our close collaboration with ESMT Berlin, an international business school, is a further USP of E.CA Economics.

AS A DIRECTOR AT E.CA ECONOMICS, HOW DO YOU SEE THE FIRM’S PRACTICE DEVELOPING IN THE COMING YEARS?

One of the challenges ahead is digitalisation. The digitalisation of markets is posing risks (ie, IT security) and opportunities. We see geo-information systems, and more generally big data analytics, as new frontiers that will significantly influence the work of empirical economists in the future.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE ROLE OF THE ECONOMIST HAS DEVELOPED OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER IN THE COMPETITION SPACE?

When I began, economists took up the roles of “opinion makers” and “storytellers” – offering a conceptually fresh view on old topics. Nowadays, rigorous empirical and analytical work (developing conceptual frameworks, collecting data, identifying strategies, descriptive visualisation and econometrics) are key factors. Definitely, this is an important step towards professionalisation. 

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Acting independently.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Economists

Dr Hans W Friederiszick is a director at E.CA Economics and a former member of the chief economist team at DG Competition. Hans W Friederiszick has advised clients on the following major international engagements: the Air Berlin/TUI joint venture, EU Phase I; the Holcim/Cemex West transaction, EU Phase II, and the Holcim/Lafarge transaction, EU Phase I (merger); acting as an economic expert in the synthetic rubber cartel case, UK Court proceeding, for a group of European tyre manufacturers (private litigation); the Visa/ MasterCard litigation regarding interchange fees, UK Court proceeding, for a group of retailers (private litigation); and acting as an economic expert in the air cargo cartel case, German Court proceeding, for a group of international freight forwarders (private litigation).

Further engagements comprise the representation of the leading German grocery retailer in various proceedings (sector inquiry, EDEKA/Kaiser's Tengelmann merger); economic representation of Infineon in the EU investigation of the smart-card chip industry (administrative proceedings and follow-on litigation); and supporting Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB in relation to EU state aid and 102 proceedings in various rail markets, acting in several information exchange cases of branded products (on defence side). He also supported ASICS in the German court proceedings regarding selective distribution systems and supported the parties in the audio books case in Germany (Audible).

Hans W Friederiszick is a research fellow at ESMT Berlin. Recent research addresses the economics of regional state aid (chapter, Wolters Kluwer), efficiencies in article 102 TFEU cases (JCLE), selective distribution systems (Journal of Antitrust Enforcement) and on remunicipalisation in the German waste industry (NZKart). He is a member of the steering committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE).

WWL says: Hans Friederiszick is "one of the best" competition economists in the market today and is praised for his extensive knowledge of European cartel proceedings.

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Who's Who Legal Germany - Competition Economists

Hans W Friederiszick is a director of ECA Economics and one of the founders of ECA Economics. Dr Friederiszick has extensive experience in advising clients in all fields of competition economics (cartels, merger cases, abuse of a dominant position and state aid cases) and has led teams of economists on international antitrust investigations. He is a member of the steering committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE).

Major international engagements in recent years include: the Air Berlin/TUI joint venture, EU Phase I, the Holcim/Cemex West transaction, EU Phase II and the Holcim/Lafarge transaction, EU Phase I (merger); acting as an economic expert in the synthetic rubber cartel case, UK Court proceeding, for a group of European tyre manufacturers (private litigation); and acting as an economic expert in the air cargo cartel case, German Court proceeding, for a group of international freight forwarders (private litigation). Further engagements comprise representation of the leading German grocery retailer in various proceedings (sector inquiry, EDEKA/Kaiser’s Tengelmann merger); economic representation of Infineon in the EU investigation of the smart card chip industry (administrative cartel proceedings); supporting Deutsche Bahn in relation to EU state aid proceedings in rail passenger and bus markets; acting in several cartel/information exchange cases of branded products (coffee, cookies, flour); and acting as court expert in the recent Fluxx case (gambling markets).

Dr Friederiszick is also a research fellow at the ESMT Berlin. He has published widely and is a regular speaker at international antitrust conferences. Most recent publications address the economics of regional state aid, efficiencies in article 102 TFEU cases (JCLE) and selective distribution systems (Journal of Antitrust Enforcement).

WWL says: Hans Friederiszick is one of the foremost experts in competition economics and is highly reputed for his mastery of cartel, merger and abuse of dominance cases.

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Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting - Competition Economists

Hans W Friederiszick is a director of E.CA Economics and a former member of the chief economist team at DG Competition. Hans W. Friederiszick has extensive experience in advising clients in all fields of competition economics (cartels, merger cases, abuse of a dominant position and state aid cases) and has led teams of economists on international antitrust investigations.

Major international engagements in recent years include, in the cartel field, the smart card chip cartel, the air cargo cartel and the synthetic rubber cartel; in the merger control field, the Holcim/Cemex West, Holcim/Lafarge and the EDEKA/Kaiser’s Tengelmann transactions; and in the state aid field, rail passenger transportation cases and the application of the market economy investor principle for international airports and carriers. In the IT industry, he has worked on the following projects: Microsoft/ContentGuard; Google/DoubleClick; Google/Yahoo; Oracle/Sun; ThomsonReuters; and the market definition of online markets (online auctions; e-payment). Hans W Friederiszick is also a research fellow at the ESMT Berlin. He has published widely and is a regular speaker at international antitrust conferences. Recent publications include a paper on efficiencies in article 102 TFEU cases (JCLE) and on state aid for regional investment projects (EStAL).

WWL says: Hans Friederiszick is a top choice in the German market thanks to the breadth of his expertise and his significant experience on high-profile competition matters.

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