Frederick is a professional economist and heads the German operations of the Competition Economists Group. He specialises in competition economics, with a particular focus on damage estimations in both a competition and a commercial litigation context. He also advises national and international clients on matters relating to abuse of dominance, market power, horizontal and vertical agreements, regulatory issues and on broader dispute matters.
In his commercial litigation work, Fred has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in over 20 cartel damages cases. He has broad sectoral experience, with specific expertise in the automotive, consumer goods, financial services, retail, telecommunications, and transportation sectors. Case examples including pesticides, aluminium smelters, bathroom fittings, roll-on/roll-off shipping, trucks, German payment cards, sugar, confectionery, polyurethane foam and various car parts. Clients include household names like Deichmann, dm, METRO, Suez, United Airlines, Veolia, Volkswagen or Zentis, but also small agri-businesses and automotive suppliers.
Besides his litigation work, Fred currently represents the alleged ringleader, a major construction company, in Austria’s largest ever cartel probe before the Kartellgericht. Recently he has also advised defendants in the power cables industries in relation to cartel allegations, has advised METRO in its proposed sale of German food retailer Real before the Federal Cartel Office, has quantified joint purchasing benefits for multiple British food retailers, and has assessed competitive links between parties in a shareholder dispute.
He has written widely on competition matters. This includes a chapter in the Handbuch Kartellrechtliche Schadensersatzklagen guide to cartel damages, commentary on recent court decisions, as well as academic and editorial articles.
Fred frequently presents at conferences and external lawyer training courses on topics including typical and untypical defense arguments in cartel and abuse cases, the assessment of unilateral public price announcements, theories of harm in information exchange cases, and the use of economics in assessing damages. He also lectures on competition and litigation matters at English universities.
Fred is included among the most highly regarded German competition economists in the Expert Guides 2020: Competition and Antitrust list. Since 2019 he is repeatedly listed as one of Germany’s “Future Leaders” in the Who’s Who Legal: Competition and Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts rankings. He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, the German Competition Litigation Forum and the German Arbitration Institute.
Frederick holds a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia, a Master’s degree in Competition and Regulation Economics from Maastricht University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Passau.
He is fluent in German and English.