Hans W. Friederiszick
E.CA Economics and associated ESMT faculty staff
Hans W Friederiszick is a managing director at E.CA Economics and a former member of the chief economist team at DG Competition. Dr Friederiszick has extensive experience in advising clients in all fields of competition economics (cartels, merger cases, abuse of a dominant position and State aid cases) and has led teams of economists on international antitrust investigations. He has been retained as an economic expert in front of German, UK and other European courts and is named in GCR’s Who’s Who as one of the leading competition economists.
Major international engagements in recent years include: the Holcim/Cemex West transaction, EU Phase II, and the Holcim/Lafarge transaction, EU Phase I (merger); acting as an economic expert in the synthetic rubber cartel case, UK Court proceeding, for a group of European tyre manufacturers (private litigation); and acting as an economic expert in the air cargo cartel case, German Court proceeding, for a group of international freight forwarders (private litigation). Further engagements comprise representation of the leading German grocery retailer in various proceedings (sector inquiry, merger); economic representation of Infineon in the EU investigation of the smart card chip industry (administrative cartel proceedings); supporting Deutsche Bahn in relation to EU state aid proceedings in rail passenger and bus markets; and acting in several cartel/ information exchange cases of branded products (eg, coffee, cookies, flour); court expert in the recent Fluxx case (gambling markets). In the financial sector, he has worked on several German Landesbanken cases (State aid), abuse of dominance cases related to credit cards/ATMs, the market definition for online payment systems and litigation related to financial market manipulations.
While working at the European Commission, he was one of the main contributors to the ongoing reform in the field of EC State aid control, including contributions to the State Aid Action Plan and the R&D&I Guidelines. He worked during that time, inter alia, on the Alstom R&R case, German Landesbanken cases, the Microsoft/ContentGuard merger, the article 102 case against AstraZeneca and the copper tubes cartel cases.
Dr Friederiszick is also a research fellow at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). He has published widely and is a regular speaker at international antitrust conferences. Most recent publications address the economics of regional State aid, efficiencies in article 102 TFEU cases (JCLE) and selective distribution systems (Journal of Antitrust Enforcement).