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Collaborations & Cartels

All competition jurisdictions prohibit cartel behavior, as well as otherwise legitimate agreements – whether horizontal or vertical – that harm competition and consumers. While the legal standards may differ between the US, EU, Asia-Pacific, and other jurisdictions, Brattle’s economists and academic affiliates are deeply experienced in matching the economic analysis to the particular needs of the case, whether as claimant or defendant. These matters often involve the type of complex econometric analysis and modeling that is one of Brattle’s core competencies, together with ensuring that any economic analysis matches the issues at hand and marketplace realities. 


Below is a list of representative engagements for our Collaborations & Cartels practice.

Alleged collusion in the parcel-tanker shipping industry

A Brattle economist empirically analyzed the effects of an alleged agreement between firms in the parcel-tanker shipping industry to determine if the agreement resulted in an undue lessening or prevention of competition. This work was done on behalf of one of the shippers, and resulted in the Competition Bureau closing its investigation without taking any action against the client.

Brattle Experts & Consultants
Academic Advisors & Other Outside Experts
Regulatory Intervention in Card Payment Systems: An Analysis of Regulatory Goals and Impact
September 21, 2018
Eliana Garcés and Brent Lutes
Published in Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
News & Knowledge