04 Oct 2021 News

Former FTC Economists Nathan Wilson and Jeremy Sandford Join Compass Lexecon

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Compass Lexecon is proud to announce that Dr. Nathan E. Wilson and Dr. Jeremy Sandford, two outstanding former Federal Trade Commission economists, are joining the firm.
Dr. Nathan Wilson joins the firm as an Executive Vice President based in our Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he worked at the Federal Trade Commission for 11 years. During his time at the FTC, Dr. Wilson served as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Bureau of Economics, Commissioner Terrell McSweeny’s economic advisor, and a staff economist. Dr. Wilson managed or led merger and conduct investigations in a wide variety of industries, including industrial chemicals, oil and gas, health care, internet platforms, computer hardware, and aerospace. While a staff economist, Dr. Wilson testified on behalf of the FTC in the successful challenge of the proposed merger of PinnacleHealth and Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Wilson has taught economics and finance courses at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, and his research on various topics in industrial organization has been accepted by such outlets as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Industrial Economics. Dr. Wilson received his PhD from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jeremy Sandford will join the firm as an Executive Vice President based in our Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he worked as an antitrust economist at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics for seven years, where he led merger and conduct investigations in industries such as internet platforms, chemicals, semiconductors, health care services, and distribution services. While at the FTC, Dr. Sandford also served as an economic advisor to Commissioner Christine S. Wilson.

Dr. Sandford’s scholarly research has been published in journals such as the RAND Journal of Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. Dr. Sandford is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington. Dr. Sandford received a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Mark A. Israel, Senior Managing Director at Compass Lexecon commented, “We are absolutely thrilled that Nathan and Jeremy are joining us. I have worked with both on multiple occasions during their time at the FTC and found them to be outstanding economists, extremely clear thinkers and presenters, and great people to interact with. With their combination of economic expertise and agency/testifying experience, they immediately enrich Compass Lexecon’s roster of experts. And I personally look forward to having each as a colleague for many years.”

Dr. Wilson said, “After having gotten to know Mark and many other Compass Lexecon economists over the years, I am excited to have had the opportunity to join the firm and look forward to working closely with them going forward.”

Dr. Sandford added, “I am excited to join Compass Lexecon’s roster of experienced and insightful antitrust economists. I benefited from analyses presented by Compass Lexecon economists while I was at the FTC, and I have no doubt I will benefit greatly from working together with my new Compass Lexecon colleagues in the coming years.”

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