Bates White and E.CA Economics (formerly ESMT Competition Analysis), with offices in Berlin, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, 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 9 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 21.

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.

In 2014, E.CA Economics welcomed Dr. Vincent Verouden, former Deputy Chief Economist at DG Competition at the European Commission, to their team. Read more about Dr. Verouden on E.CA's website.

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.
  • Provided economic analysis and expert testimony on behalf of tire manufacturers in the UK proceedings regarding private damages claims related to the EU synthetic rubber cartel case. Worked with attorneys on both sides of the Atlantic to quantify potential damages. The case was recently closed by settlement. The terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential.
  • Supported Telefónica in its recent takeover of E-Plus in Germany. Bates White supported E.CA in studying the relationship between concentration and price levels in different European mobile markets. Further joint analyses concerned the competitive effects of mobile virtual network operators on mobile communications markets.
  • Advised a client on possible antitrust claims relating to aftermarket conduct in the commercial aircraft industry in both Europe and the United States.