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Dr. Smith specializes in applying economic and econometric tools to antitrust and competition matters, with a focus on horizontal and vertical mergers.

Dr. Smith has been the lead economic expert for both government agencies and private parties in regulatory investigations, federal merger challenges, and private litigations in numerous industries in the US and internationally. These industries include retail, healthcare, lodging, medical devices, and various consumer products and intermediate goods. He frequently advises clients on single-firm conduct investigations and litigations related to pay-for-delay, exclusionary conduct, and vertical restraints, including several healthcare litigations involving anti-steering contract provisions.

Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Smith was an Executive Vice President at an international economics consulting firm, and prior to that worked at the US Federal Trade Commission as a staff economist. While at the FTC, he oversaw several high-profile merger and conduct investigations, supported litigations, and evaluated settlements. He also coauthored a report to Congress and provided technical assistance and training to competition agencies in South Africa, Brazil, and Hungary.

Dr. Smith has taught microeconomics and econometrics at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. His research is published in academic journals including Journal of Applied Econometrics, Economic Inquiry, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Publications
Article
The Use of Econometrics in Merger Reviews
April 2020
Published in the American Bar Association Economics Committee Spring Newsletter
News & Events
May 13, 2020
Loren Smith to Discuss the Fundamentals of Economics at ABA Antitrust Section Webinar

Brattle Principal Loren Smith will join an American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Section virtual panel on economics fundamentals, which will take place on May 13 at 9:00 a.m. (PT)/12:00 p.m. (ET).

April 17, 2020
Loren Smith Coauthors Article on Econometric Analysis in Merger Reviews for the ABA Economics Committee Spring Newsletter

Principal Loren Smith coauthored an article in the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Economics Committee Spring Newsletter on the types of econometric analyses used in merger reviews to determine potential anticompetitive effects.

April 01, 2020
The Brattle Group Welcomes Leading Competition Economist Loren Smith

Competition economist Loren Smith joined The Brattle Group’s global Antitrust and Competition group as a Principal in its Washington, DC office and will lead the firm’s US mergers team.