This year’s research commends 58 economists as future leaders in the competition economist space. Selected from over 28 firms and across 15 different countries, clients and peers recognise them as rising stars in providing expert testimony and advisory services.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual experts. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
Most Highly Regarded
Laura Phaff garners effusive praise for her adept handling of competition proceedings and leadership in complex merger case economic analysis.
Patricia Lorenzo comes widely recommended for her econometrics and economic analysis in estimated damages and merger impact evaluations.
The “excellent” Andy Parkinson is “a really strong economist” who peers and clients “highly rate for his advice on competition damages claims” and “follow-on damages claims in particular”.
Georg Clemens is “a rising star in the German competition economist arena”, with “impressive expertise in digital markets, and strong results in merger and cartel cases”.
The “superb” Andrew Swan is “a robust thinker who assesses issues from every possible angle”. Respondents laud his “in-depth knowledge on merger cases” and ability to be “always one step ahead of the European Commission”.
Christopher Milde is “superb” at quantifying damages arising from follow-on cartel litigation.
Alexander Gaigl is well regarded for “delivering strong results in merger and competition litigation cases”. He is also admired for his “responsiveness, client focus and ability to explain complex economic theory in understandable terms”.
Avantika Chowdhury receives effusive praise for her “in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, her excellent drafting which is written in clear and readable English, and her ability to adapt to the client’s requirements”.
Nicole Robins is commended for her outstanding grasp of state aid and its role in competition economic analysis.
Felipe Flórez Duncan has a strong reputation in technology-related competition issues, ranging from abuse of dominance cases to regulatory strategy.
Helen Ralston comes highly recommended for her excellent economic analysis in the financial services sector.
Interviewees herald Luís Campos thanks to his experience in litigation proceedings across industries including financial services and telecoms.
Malcolm Tan is championed by peers and clients alike for being “easy to work with and technically sound”.
Iain Boa earns plaudits for his quantitative analysis in merger cases, and advisory services for top-tier international clients.
James Baker excels in competition investigations, diligently advising on alleged abuse of dominance, horizontal agreements and vertical restraints.
Other leading individuals
The “very methodical and detailed” Rie Paving Mortensen of Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab has “an impressive overview of the economic aspects of competition issues, and is able to translate them into relevant legal arguments”.
KPMG’s Jenny Sugiarto comes highly touted for her “quick, high-quality reaction to developments” and her “sharp eye for strategy”.
Iona McCall at AlixPartners attracts recognition for her “sound and thorough analysis which demonstrates command of the underlying detail” of competition matters. Her “strong analytical skills, superb industry knowledge and great communication” receive further compliments.
Copenhagen Economics’ Emmi Martikainen comes highly recommended for her standout practice in competition-related economics. Her expertise covers state aid, damage estimation and strategy.
Simone Kohnz at E.CA Economics earns widespread endorsement, and stands out for her adept handling of cartel and information exchange cases in a variety of industries.
Most Highly Regarded
Subramaniam (Subbu) Ramanarayanan delivers high-quality economic analysis on competition issues, and is credited with “excellent knowledge, especially in healthcare matters”.
Timothy Watts is heralded for his exceptional expertise in merger clearance reviews conducted by various international authorities.
Paul Wong “adds tremendous value to counselling and litigation engagements”, and is praised for his “thorough, focused, and creative approach to complex economic questions”.
Fei Deng produces standout work in commercial damages cases, and has extensive experience in Chinese competition policies.
Joanna Tsai is a “standout economist” who consistently exceeds client expectations in a broad range of competition issues.
Josh Lustig is acclaimed for his competition economics practice, where he specialises in the healthcare industry.
Other Leading Individuals
The Brattle Group’s Ian Cass is admired for his standout M&A analysis, having previously led merger reviews on behalf of the Canadian Competition Bureau.
Nathan Miller at the Georgetown University Dept of Economics is “becoming increasingly central to the competition experts’ field”. His work shows a notable focus on the competitive impact of mergers.
The “well-prepared” Dov Rothman of Analysis Group is “very good at distilling complicated concepts into a commonsense narrative”, with interviewees applauding his “ability to dig into the facts key to understanding the industry he is studying”.
Interviewees commend Edgeworth Economics’ Michael Kheyfets for his “sophisticated grasp of the case and its strategic considerations”, and for his “technically excellent and effective reports”. His “responsiveness, creativity and affability” are further valued.
Ana Maria Montoya of Butelmann Consultores is recognised for her “rigorous approach and grasp of complex issues”. She earns further praise for “her deep knowledge of competition matters” and “impressive work”.
Joaquín Poblete at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is “very smart, knowledgeable and practical”. Clients and peers alike “would definitely recommend him as a competition economist”.