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Dr. Renée Duplantis is the leader of Brattle's Global Competition Practice, and a former T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics (Chief Economist) at the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Dr. Duplantis has more than 15 years of experience involving complex competition matters in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has testified before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and has authored reports and presented findings to competition agencies globally, including the Canadian Competition Bureau, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition and the Chief Economist Team.

Dr. Duplantis specializes in the empirical analysis of competition issues, with a primary focus on quantifying the competitive effects of mergers. She has also been engaged on several competition matters involving allegations of abuse of dominance, exclusionary conduct, monopolization, collusion, and price-fixing.

Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Duplantis spent almost five years at the Canadian Competition Bureau in various positions, including as the Chief Economist. During this time, she advised the Commissioner of Competition on economic matters related to competition policy, and participated in the economic analysis of numerous high-profile investigations under the Competition Act involving mergers, abuse of dominance investigations, and criminal matters.

Dr. Duplantis is recognized as a leading competition economist by Who’s Who Legal, serves as an active NGA for the Competition Bureau in the International Competition Network, is a member of the CD Howe Competition Policy Council, is on the editorial board of the Canadian Competition Law Review, and is a frequent speaker at competition conferences globally.

Representative Engagements
Merger review before the Competition Bureau

Retained as the outside expert for Superior Plus, LP in connection with its acquisition of the retail propane distribution business of Gibson Energy ULC (Canwest Propane), which involved empirically estimating the anti-competitive effects of the merger and conducting the section 96 trade-off analysis. Presented findings to the Competition Bureau.

Retained as the Canadian outside expert for Agrium, Inc. in the review of its merger with PotashCorp of Saskatchewan, which involved empirically estimating the anti-competitive effects of the merger and conducting the section 96 trade-off analysis. Submitted findings to the Competition Bureau.

Retained as one of the outside experts for Cintas Corporation in its acquisition of G&K Services Inc., which involved conducting the section 96 trade-off analysis. Presented findings to the Competition Bureau.

Retained as one of the outside experts for BCE, Inc. in its acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Systems Inc., which involved empirically estimating the anti-competitive effects of the merger. Submitted findings to the Competition Bureau.

Retained as one of the outside experts for Superior Plus Corporation in its proposed acquisition of Canexus Corporation. Presented findings to the Competition Bureau.

Publications
Article
The Importance of Quantifying Non-Price Effects in Canada
June 21, 2017
Published in Concurrences Law & Economics
This article discusses the current legal framework for competition and merger reviews in Canada and the growing interest in incorporating non-price effects into competition assessments.
News & Events
December 02, 2020
Who's Who Legal Recognizes Four Brattle Economists in Global Guides for Litigation and Canada

Who’s Who Legal has recognized three Brattle principals and one Brattle associate as leading consulting experts in its 2020 global guides for Litigation Expert Witnesses and Canada Competition Economists.

October 20, 2020
Brattle to Sponsor Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Fall Symposium

The Brattle Group is sponsoring the upcoming Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Competition Law Fall Online Symposium, “Competition Law and Foreign Investment Enforcement in the Time of COVID-19,” taking place October 20–22.

October 07, 2020
Brattle to Sponsor and Brattle Experts to Speak at Fordham Competition Law Institute Annual Conference

Brattle Director of Global Development James Keyte will moderate panels and Brattle will be a sponsor at the Fordham Competition Law Institute (FCLI) 47th Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, which will take place virtually October 7–9.

September 15, 2020
Renée Duplantis to Provide NGA Perspective at Agency Effectiveness Working Group's Digital Strategy Panel at ICN Virtual Annual Conference

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis, jointly with Chris Margison of Faskens, will provide the non-governmental advisor (NGA) perspective prior to the plenary session at the International Competition Network (ICN) 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, which will take place September 14–17.

August 28, 2020
Who's Who Legal Recognizes 15 Brattle Economists as Leading Consulting Experts

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 15 Brattle economists as leading consulting experts in its global guides for: Competition Economists, Construction – Quantum & Delay, Financial Advisory and Valuation – Corporate Tax Experts, and Financial Advisory and Valuation – Quantum of Damages.

July 06, 2020
Who's Who Legal Recognizes Brattle Economists as Leading Competition Experts

Who’s Who Legal has recognized four Brattle principals, one Brattle associate and one Brattle academic advisor as leading experts in the competition field for 2020.

April 08, 2020
Renée Duplantis to Participate in CBA Teleconference on the Effect of COVID-19 on Merger Control

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will join a Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Competition Law Section Mergers Committee teleconference on the impact of COVID-19 on merger control, which will take place April 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET).

March 31, 2020
Brattle and White & Case to Co-Host a Webinar on Merger Control in the Time of COVID-19

Brattle Principals Konstantin Ebinger and Renée Duplantis and Academic Advisor Kai-Uwe Kühn will join White & Case partners Axel Schulz and Rebecca Farrington for a webinar reviewing the impact of COVID-19 on merger control on March 31 at 9:00 a.m. ET/15:00 CET.

November 19, 2019
Renée Duplantis Discussed the Relevance of Gender to the Economics of Antitrust Analysis

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis spoke on the panel “Economics of Antitrust Analysis and Policy: The Relevance of Gender” at an American Bar Association (ABA) session on November 19 in Washington, DC.

August 06, 2019
Who's Who Legal Recognizes Brattle Economists as Leading Consulting Experts

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 13 Brattle economists as leading economic consulting experts in the global guides for Competition Economists, Construction – Quantum & Delay, Data and E-Discovery, and Financial Advisory and Valuation – Quantum of Damages.

June 02, 2019
Renée Duplantis to Present at Canadian Economics Association Conference

Brattle Principal Dr. Renée Duplantis will speak at the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) Conference, to be held May 30 - June 2 in Banff.

May 30, 2019
Renée Duplantis to Present at CBA and Competition Bureau Economist Roundtable Meetings

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will speak at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and Competition Bureau Economist Roundtable meetings, to be held May 30 in Toronto.

November 15, 2018
Renée Duplantis to Present at ACE Conference

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will speak at the 16th Annual Association of Competition Economics (ACE) Conference, to be held November 15-16 in Bologna, Italy.

September 27, 2018
Renée Duplantis to Present at the CBA Competition Law Fall Conference

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will speak at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Competition Law Fall Conference, to be held September 27-28 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

July 31, 2018
Who's Who Legal Identifies Brattle Economists as World's Leading Experts in Consulting

Who’s Who Legal recognized twelve Brattle economists as leading economic consulting experts in the areas of competition, construction, financial advisory and valuation, quantum of damages, and data and e-discovery.

January 22, 2018
Brattle Assists Agrium Obtain Regulatory Approval in $36 Billion Merger

The Brattle Group assisted the fertilizer company Agrium Inc. to obtain regulatory approval in its $36 billion merger with Potash Corporation, forming the world’s largest crop nutrient company.

December 04, 2017
Brattle Client Superior Plus Cleared in Acquisition of Canwest Based on Efficiencies

Brattle’s client Superior Plus recently received clearance from Canada’s Competition Bureau to acquire Gibson Energy’s propane distribution business, Canwest, making the post-merger business the largest propane distributor in Canada.

June 21, 2017
Brattle Economists Publish Concurrences Article on Non-Price Effects in Competition

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis and Consultant Ian Cass have published an article in the recent issue of Concurrences Law & Economics that discusses the current legal framework for competition and merger reviews in Canada and the growing interest in incorporating non-price effects into competition assessments.

June 06, 2017
Renée Duplantis Named Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal Competition 2017

Renée Duplantis has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a future leader in competition economics.

October 06, 2016
Renée Duplantis to Present at Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Fall Conference

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will present at the upcoming Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) Competition Law Fall Conference, taking place October 6-7, 2016 in Ottawa, ON.

May 30, 2016
Renée Duplantis Appointed to the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis has been appointed to the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council, which consists of the top-ranked academics and practitioners active in competition policy.

April 28, 2016
Renée Duplantis to Present at International Competition Network Annual Conference

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis will present at the upcoming International Competition Network’s (ICN) Annual Conference, taking place April 26-29, 2016 in Singapore.

January 19, 2016
The Brattle Group Recognized as One of The World’s Top Firms For Competition Economics by Global Competition Review

The Brattle Group has been named one of the world’s top firms for competition economics by Global Competition Review (GCR). This is the ninth consecutive year that Brattle has been recognized in GCR’s annual “Economics 21,” an analysis of the world’s leading economic consulting firms.

January 19, 2016
Renée Duplantis and Joshua Gans to Present at Emerging Competition Issues Workshop

Brattle Principal Renée Duplantis and Academic Advisor Joshua Gans will present at the upcoming Canadian Competition Bureau’s workshop “Emerging Competition Issues: Keeping Pace in a Changing World,” taking place January 19, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario.

October 01, 2015
Brattle Experts to Present at Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Fall Conference

Brattle experts will speak at the upcoming Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Competition Law Fall Conference, taking place October 1-2, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.