Partner & Managing Director, Munich
Our expert economists support our clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation and investigations; regulatory matters and commercial disputes where rigorous economic evidence and testimony is required. We bring fresh ideas and proven experience to develop and implement appropriate analytical solutions to complex problems on behalf of law firms, corporations, and government agencies.
We are a global practice with a deep bench of testifying experts in antitrust, regulatory and financial economics, as well as econometrics. Our experts have worked on many of the highest profile matters in these areas and have extensive trial experience, presenting evidence to courts and regulatory agencies in many jurisdictions, including the US, Canada, the UK, the EU, China, and Japan.
We also regularly collaborate with academic affiliates and combine academic-level rigor with first-rate consulting expertise to produce compelling evidence that best informs the questions that agencies or courts need to be answered.
Moreover, we often also collaborate with other in-house industry and subject matter experts (in fields such as data analytics, forensic accounting, and valuation) from AlixPartners’ wider disputes and industry consulting practices. Many of our testifying experts also have deep sector knowledge, in particular in financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, media, technology, pharmaceuticals, electricity, gas, and sports.
We have a multi-national and multi-lingual team. We work both before, and on behalf of, regulatory agencies and on both sides of the “v” in litigation (i.e., both for claimants and defendants). Our clients come to us for our reputation for independence and excellence, which ensures that our expert evidence and opinions carry considerable weight in regulatory and dispute proceedings.
Disney divests regional sports networks in acquiring FOX assets
Disney sought regulatory approval to acquire FOX assets, including cable networks, film and television studios, and its 30 percent stake in Hulu. The U.S. Department of Justice conditionally approved the acquisition subject to Disney divesting 22 FOX regional sports networks. Our team supported an academic economist to evaluate the competitive implications of Disney’s proposed acquisition.
The amount of private antitrust litigation outside the U.S. continues to increase dramatically. This is no longer confined to the traditional jurisdictions of the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, but is now worldwide. Follow-on claims, which rely on a regulatory decision to prove an infringement, and stand-alone claims, where the infringement must be shown, are common. In the EU, virtually every cartel decision by a regulator is now followed by a damages claim from customers; and cartel damages claims are far from the only types of claim being brought.
AlixPartners Managing Director Mat Hughes discusses the key issues raised when valuing and arguing loss in private antitrust litigation outside the U.S., from both the claimants’ and defendants’ points of view.