One of our founding practices, antitrust remains a key area of expertise at Compass Lexecon. We have provided expert advice and testimony in hundreds of complex antitrust matters and have assisted clients with many of the highest-profile U.S. antitrust actions of the last 30 years.
Our staff of economists, econometricians, accountants, and industry experts use a combination of leading industrial organization theory and sophisticated economic and econometric analyses to analyze a variety of issues that often arise in antitrust cases, including: defining relevant markets, assessing the ease and likelihood of entry, performing complex merger simulations, evaluating merger-related efficiencies, and estimating damages.
Compass Lexecon has evaluated hundreds of proposed mergers and acquisitions on behalf of both private parties and government agencies. Using rigorous analytical methods applied to complex data combined with careful attention to detail, we evaluate the likely effects of proposed mergers and acquisitions on prices, costs, and competition.
Compass Lexecon regularly assists both defendants and plaintiffs in antitrust litigation, including cases involving issues such as price fixing, predatory pricing, bundling, and various forms of allegedly exclusionary conduct. An integral part of Compass Lexecon's role in many of these cases involves the estimation of lost profits or damages from elevated prices and output restrictions.
In the U.S., we have provided expert testimony or presentations before state and federal courts, federal regulatory agencies (including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Transportation, the International Trade Commission, and the Surface Transportation Board), state regulatory agencies, and arbitrators. Internationally, we have provided expert testimony and analysis in a variety of jurisdictions, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and others.
Compass Lexecon economists have extensive expertise in antitrust areas, including:
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Price Fixing
• Monopolization and Abuse of Dominant Position
• Exclusionary Conduct
• Bundling and Tying
• Predatory Pricing