For the ninth consecutive year, Bates White has been named in Global Competition Review’s (GCR) “Economics 21.” The Economics 21 is a ranking of firms that includes the world’s leading economic consultancies with experts in antitrust and competition.
The GCR profile of Bates White highlights the firm’s expert advice to American Express in the Department of Justice’s lawsuit over Amex’s provisions with merchants (the US Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judgment against Amex.) The profile also recognizes the significant work the firm has done on copyright royalty rates, mentions the firm’s work on a lawsuit alleging exclusive dealing and tying in the live music industry, and cites work the firm did on behalf of a class of direct purchasers in the Cathode Ray Tube antitrust litigation and on behalf of Dell seeking damages from overpayment for optical disk drives. In addition, the profile mentions the 16 mergers that Bates White was involved with in 2017, specifying those that reached the second request stage: Dow-DuPont, Cemex-GCC, and Aetna-Humana.
The profile also shows that Bates White was among the top 10 consultancies regarding the number of government investigations, antitrust litigation matters, and in-depth merger investigations the firm worked on in 2017.
The “Economics 21” ranking is a section of the GCR 100, a comprehensive listing of the top economic consultancy competition practices doing antitrust work around the world. The ranking is based on several criteria, including size of the practice, the firm’s work over the past year, and the number of nominees to the Who’s Who Legal: Competition; in 2017 seven of Bates White’s competition economists were nominated, placing the firm fifth among economic consultancies: B. Douglas Bernheim, Cory Capps, Eric Emch, Joseph Farrell, Leslie Marx, George Rozanski, and Michael Whinston.