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Xavier Boutin

Senior Consultant
Brussels, BEL | Paris, FRA
phone +32 2 274 22 55
fax +32 2 274 22 69

Practice Areas: Antitrust & Competition, Auctions, Damages, Energy, Entertainment & Media, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, High Technology, Intellectual Property, Internet, Pharmaceuticals, Public Policy, Securities & Financial Markets, Telecommunications, Transportation

Xavier is a Senior Consultant with Compass Lexecon. He has more than 12 years of experience in economic and econometric modelling for the analysis of competition cases, business strategies and the evaluation of public policies (including State aid). Xavier is mentionned by Who’s Who Legal as one of the best competition economists as well as a future leader.

In the Chief Economist Team of the European Commission's DG Competition from 2008 to 2015, Xavier has been involved in a wide variety of high level antitrust, merger and state aid cases, as well as policy issues. He has also participated to the defence of Commission decisions in front of the ECJ. He has a very significant experience of high-tech industries (including pharmaceutical and IT), telecoms, publishing industry, online and offline retail, transport, basic and manufacturing industries, as well as finance. 

Besides work on cases, Xavier has had a key impact on the DG Competition's policy setting in important areas. Having been in charge of the Intel case since he joined the CET, he also led the economic thinking in DG Competition following the recent judgement of the General Court and the Court of Justice in the area of Article 102. He had a major contribution to the 102 guidance paper, the 101 horizontal guidelines (agreements between competitors) and Block Exemption Regulation (BER), as well as on various policy initiatives in the food chain and competitiveness of the European Industry. He also contributed to the State Aid Modernization, in particular, in the areas of R&D&I and Regional Aid and evaluation of State Aid measures. 

Before joining the CET, Xavier worked as a research fellow at INSEE in France. A graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique, Xavier also holds a degree from ENSAE and a PhD in Economics from EHESS (Paris School of Economics). He is still active in research and teaching. His research has, for instance, appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics and in the Economic Journal. He has been teaching in Centrale, Supelec and ENSAE. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Economics and Research Fellow at ULB.