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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition - Economists 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sources praise Hans W Friederiszick as “excellent in state aid”, providing outstanding applied microeconomic analyses across a broad range of competition issues.

Peers and clients say:

"Hans Friederiszick is excellent in state aid."

"He is a distinguished figure in the competition space."

"He is by far the best economist in Germany and the most sought after."

Biography

Hans W Friederiszick is a director, and one of the founders, of ECA Economics. Dr Friederiszick has more than 20 years of 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 was part of the first chief economist team of DG COMP.

Major engagements in recent years include: representation of Remondis, the leading German recycling company, in its attempted takeover of the Dual System Deutschland; supporting a buyer on the purchase of REAL stores from Metro AG; winning a framework contract on impact assessments of various state aid regimes (for the EU Commission); the takeover of some assets of Unitymedia by Vodafone; the Air Berlin/TUI joint venture, EU Phase I; the Holcim/Cemex West transaction, EU Phase II; the Holcim/Lafarge transaction, EU Phase I (merger); acting as an economic expert in the air cargo cartel case, German Court proceeding, for a group of international freight forwarders (private litigation); acting as an economic expert in the synthetic rubber cartel case, UK Court proceeding, for a group of European tyre manufacturers (private litigation); and the Visa/MasterCard litigation regarding interchange fees, UK Court proceeding, for a group of retailers (private litigation).

Hans W Friederiszick is a research fellow at ESMT Berlin, where he teaches on consumer and competition policy compliance. Recent research addresses the economics of regional state aid (chapter in Werner/Verouden’s EU State Aid Control: Law and Economics, Wolters Kluwer), selective distribution systems (Journal of Antitrust Enforcement) and the reverse privatisation in the German waste industry (NZKart).

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Hans Friederiszick impresses with his “excellent” work on a range of competition matters. One source adulates, “He is by far the best economist in Germany and the most sought after.”

Biography

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).

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hans Friederiszick is “one of the outstanding figures” in the competition economics space and is “great to have on board”, praise peers.

Biography

Dr Hans W Friederiszick is a director of E.CA Economics and a founder of the firm. He 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. His major international engagements in recent years include: winning a framework contract on impact assessments of various state aid regimes (for the EU Commission); the takeover of some assets of Unitymedia by Vodafone; 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 an 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 in the UK); supporting Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB in relation to EU state aid and 102 proceedings in various rail markets; and acting in several information exchange cases of branded products (on the defence side; drugstore products, confectionery, coffee, cookies and flour). Hans W Friederiszick is a research fellow at ESMT Berlin. His recent research addresses the economics of regional state aid (Wolters Kluwer), efficiencies in article 102 TFEU cases (JCLE), selective distribution systems (Journal of Antitrust Enforcement) and reverse privatisation in the German waste industry (NZKart).

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