Bates White and E.CA Economics (formerly ESMT Competition Analysis), based in Berlin, Germany, maintain an exclusive cooperative partnership to provide antitrust services in the United States and the European Union. The deep synergies of our firms provide an exceptional alliance offering clients a balance of theoretical rigor, appropriate empirical analysis, and enforcement experience. We align resources, processes, and technology to deliver complex, cross-border projects efficiently. Key to the partnership philosophy is an unwavering commitment to develop long-term client relationships and trust through collaboration.

International recognition

Our partnership includes 12 nominees to the International Who’s Who of Competition Economists and two spots in Global Competition Review’s survey of leading competition economics firms, The Economics 20.

E.CA Economics

E.CA Economics is an economics consultancy that builds its case-related advice in the fields of competition policy and regulation on research. As a partner of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), it draws on the latest and robust economic research, and as a professional consulting firm it offers effective and timely advice.

E.CA Economics is led by Hans W. Friederiszick, a former member of the Chief Economist Team of DG Competition, and Rainer Nitsche, a former Vice President of the economics consultancy CRA International.

Representative joint engagements

Bates White and E.CA Economics deliver antitrust solutions to clients in the United States and Europe.

  • Provided economic analysis and data support to defendants in connection with international freight forwarding industry investigations in the United States and Europe.
  • Appeared before the DOJ and EC regarding concerns about possible effects of the proposed online search advertising agreement between Yahoo! and Google. Developed models that explored likely competitive effects of the agreement in the United States and Europe.
  • Appeared before the FTC and supported expert presentations to the EC regarding concerns about possible effects of Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick.
  • Providing consulting services and expert testimony in a chemical industry price-fixing matter filed in Europe. Many defendants have pled guilty and paid fines to the European Commission. We are supporting clients in litigation being pursued in European courts.
  • Advised a client on possible antitrust claims relating to aftermarket conduct in the commercial aircraft industry in both Europe and the United States.