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Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley, and former Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission, joins Bates White Economic Consulting

January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—Bates White is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics and an Affiliated Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, has joined the firm as a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice.

Dr. Farrell recently completed a three-year tenure as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission, where he led approximately 80 economists in analyzing the Commission’s antitrust and consumer protection portfolios. In that capacity Dr. Farrell oversaw analyses of a wide range of antitrust matters such as reverse payment settlements, exclusive dealing, and mergers, in such cases as FTC v. Intel, In re Omnicare, In re OSF Healthcare SystemFTC v. Promedica Health System, and FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals. In 2009–2010 he was a key member of the team that revised the FTC/Department of Justice Horizontal Merger Guidelines.

Dr. Farrell is an experienced expert who has been retained by US and international government and private clients for internal advice and expert testimony. His consulting has dealt with a broad range of competition questions, including pricing practices and mergers in telecommunications, payment systems, and financial exchanges, as well as issues related to aftermarkets and standard-essential patents.

Dr. Farrell’s widely cited academic research has focused on the economics of competition, mergers, innovation, and network effects, including standardization and the role of patents. He is an internationally recognized leader for his contributions in industrial organization, regulation and antitrust enforcement, intellectual property, and game theory.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Farrell to our expanding Antitrust and Competition Practice,” commented George Rozanski, co-chair of Bates White’s Antitrust and Competition Practice. “Joe brings together rigorous theoretical analysis, well grounded in the facts of a matter, with seasoned judgment about the appropriate application of antitrust policy. In addition, he has a remarkable ability to communicate analyses in a clear and compelling way, both to agencies and to the courts.”

Doug Bernheim, the Edward Ames Edmunds Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a Bates White Partner, noted that “Dr. Farrell’s impressive academic research is at the crossroads of antitrust and intellectual property. Combined with his extensive government enforcement experience, he is extremely well positioned to tackle the most challenging and high-profile competition matters.”

Prior to the FTC, Dr. Farrell served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis for the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and as Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission. Dr. Farrell joins four other former FCC Chief Economists, Drs. Martin Perry, Leslie Marx, Gregory Crawford, and Marius Schwartz, who are also affiliated with Bates White.

Earlier in his academic career, Dr. Farrell was Chair of the Competition Policy Center at UC Berkeley. Dr. Farrell is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, past President of the Industrial Organization Society, former Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and former Board Member for the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He received a doctorate in economics and an MSc and a BA in mathematics from Oxford University.

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