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Rainer Nitsche
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Berlin
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Germany
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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition: Economists

Rainer Nitsche is a director of E.CA Economics and an expert in providing economic advice in competition and litigation cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Germany, Austria, the UK and the Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of experience in supporting clients in all fields of competition policy enforcement, including cartel and abuse of a dominant position cases as well as merger control (Phase I and Phase II investigations). In addition, he has advised undertakings on a variety of regulation issues in network industries and several European national governments and state aid recipients in state aid control proceedings.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TOWARDS THE FIELD OF COMPETITION ECONOMICS? 

The mix of science and consulting. It is inspiring to influence decisions with thorough analysis.

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE DISPUTE YOU’VE WORKED ON? 

Working as an expert for the Austrian cartel court is always memorable: it is like a puzzle with pieces coming from many sides – the authorities, the parties, competitors. Judges have impressed me with their sharp analytical minds.

WHAT NEW CHALLENGES DO FIRMS LIKE E.CA ECONOMICS FACE IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT? 

Regulatory changes made pass-on analysis and discovery processes in damage cases more prominent. Developing strategies on how to best deal with those issues is an important task for competition economists. Digital platform markets generate a portfolio of fascinating new topics that need to be approached with creativity and rigour.

WHAT QUALITIES DO CLIENTS WANT IN A COMPETITION ECONOMIST? 

They want the professionality of a consultant, the creativity of an artist and the precision of a scientist.

TO WHAT EXTENT IS EUROPE AHEAD OF THE GAME ON COMPETITION REGULATION? 

For me the relevant benchmark would be the US and, with this benchmark in mind, I would see Europe neither ahead nor behind. Absurd things and excellent analyses happen on both sides of the Atlantic. Different approaches (eg, regarding pass-on in cartel matters) exist but they are evolving and practices are usually less apart than some commentators suggest.

HOW DOES THE FIRM DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM COMPETITION IN THE MARKET? 

E.CA Economics has a reputation for high-quality work that is known across the field. We combine this with the ability to deliver decisive output on time in large and complex European competition cases.

AS A MANAGING DIRECTOR AT E.CA ECONOMICS’, HOW DO YOU SEE THE FIRM DEVELOPING IN THE COMING YEARS TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE? 

We will continue to attract the best people and keep up with new developments. Maintaining the high standard of professionality is a continuous focus.

HAS THE EU’S STATE AID POLICY BEEN ON THE WHOLE A SUCCESS STORY? 

Being the opposite to Trumpism: yes! In terms of analytic quality in actual cases: so-so.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Economists

Dr Rainer Nitsche is a director at E.CA Economics and an expert in providing economic advice in competition and litigation cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Germany, Austria, the UK and the Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting clients in all fields of competition policy enforcement, including cartel and abuse of dominant position cases and merger control (Phase I and Phase II investigations). In addition, he has advised on a variety of regulation issues in network industries (transport, telecommunications, postal services and electricity) and has published widely in the field of competition economics.

Besides renowned law firms, his clients have also included the European Commission and national competition authorities. Dr Nitsche has extensive experience as a testifying expert. He has acted as a court expert for the Austrian Cartel Court in more than 10 merger and antitrust proceedings. He has served as an economic expert in numerous cartel cases for courts, plaintiffs and defendants from a broad range of industries including the elevator cartel, the rail cartel, the cold cut meat cartel, the automotive bearings cartel, the sugar cartel, the district heating tube cartel, the utility vehicle cartel, the gas cartel, the pumpers and turntable ladder cartel, the automotive glass cartel, the LPG cartel, the de-icing salt cartel as well as cartels in several FMCG industries, grocery retail, waste industries and plant construction. He has advised a number of European national governments and state aid recipients.

WWL says: Rainer Nitsche is a key name in the European market and described as “an obvious inclusion” by market commentators.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Competition which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Germany - Competition Economists

Rainer Nitsche is a director and an expert in providing economic advice in competition and litigation cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Germany, Austria, the UK and the Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting clients in all fields of competition policy enforcement, including cartel and abuse of dominant position cases and merger control (Phase I and Phase II investigations). In addition, he has advised on a variety of regulation issues in network industries (transport, telecommunications, postal services and electricity) and has published widely in the field of competition economics.

Besides renowned law firms, his clients have also included the European Commission and national competition authorities. He has extensive experience as a testifying expert and has acted as a court expert for the Austrian Cartel Court in more than 10 merger and antitrust proceedings. He has served as an economic expert in numerous cartel cases for plaintiffs and defendants from a broad range of industries including the rail cartel, the cold cut meat cartel, the automotive bearings cartel, the sugar cartel, the district heating tube cartel, the trucks cartel, the gas cartel, the pumpers and turntable ladder cartel, the automotive glass cartel, the de-icing salt cartel as well as cartels in several FMCG industries, grocery retail, waste industries and plant construction.

Recent Phase I and II EU merger cases include RHI/ Magnesita, HC/ ITC and Telefónica/E-Plus. He has advised a number of European national governments and state aid recipients.

WWL says: Rainer Nitsche draws high praise for his “sophistication and track record” and his leading work in cases before the national and European competition authorities.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Germany which can be purchased from our Shop.

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

Rainer Nitsche is a director of E.CA Economics and an expert in providing economic advice in competition and litigation cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Germany, Austria, the UK and the Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting clients in all fields of competition policy enforcement, including cartel and abuse of dominant position cases and merger control (Phase I and Phase II investigations). In addition, he has advised on a variety of regulation issues in network industries (transport, telecommunications, postal services and electricity) and has published widely in the field of competition economics.

Besides renowned law firms, his clients have also included the European Commission and national competition authorities. Rainer Nitsche has extensive experience as a testifying expert.

WWL says: Rainer Nitsche is a highly rated economist who is often called upon to assist with the most significant competition matters in Germany and Europe.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts which can be purchased from our Shop.

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