Antitrust & merger control

Accusations of antitrust violations can expose companies to a wide range of repercussions, including considerable fines and claims for compensatory damages.

Whether and to what extent antitrust laws have been violated is a legal question which requires an economist's input. The relevant economic analyses and arguments must therefore always be prepared with a sharp focus on the legal aspects to be clarified. Since the decision-makers at the administrative and regulatory authorities and on the courts tend to have legal backgrounds, analyses and arguments must also be presented to them in a clear and compelling manner.

This requires the economist to see and understand things from a legal perspective. Coppik Economics possesses this rare combination of expertise. Our analyses are thus not presented as isolated, stand-alone reports, but rather are systematically tailored to address the legal issues at the heart of the matter. They dovetail perfectly with the legal argumentation to deliver the most convincing impact possible.

We handle all relevant economic issues surrounding antitrust and merger control, including

  • Issues surrounding market definition (e.g., SSNIP test) and market power analyses (SMP)
  • Intensity-of-competition analyses (e.g., SIEC test)
  • Benchmark market analyses (e.g., hypothetical competitor prices)
  • Calculation of surplus and counterfactual scenarios
  • Compliance of conduct with competition law