CRA International (Brussels)

Raphaël De Coninck

CRA International (Brussels)
Vice President

Dr. Raphaël De Coninck heads the Brussels office of the global economic consulting firm Charles River Associates (CRA). Raphaël provides expert economic evidence and testimony in all competition matters, leading teams of economists at the forefront of merger, antitrust and damages analysis. He has worked on many of the landmark European competition cases of the last two decades, including over 80 mergers and 25 “Phase II” merger investigations, and over 50 abuse of dominance, cartel and damages cases. In addition to European Commission matters and multi-jurisdictional filings, he has provided expert economic evidence in Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Raphaël’s experience spans a wide range of products and industries, including in the technology sector, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and retail, transport, telecoms, energy, basic industries, financial services, media and entertainment. Prior to joining CRA, Raphaël was a member of DG Competition’s chief economist team at the European Commission. While at the Commission, he contributed to major competition policy initiatives, including the European Commission’s Best Practices for Economic Submissions and Data Collection in Merger and Antitrust Cases, and the European Commission’s Practical Guide on the Quantification of Antitrust Damages. Raphaël has published numerous articles on the economics of competition, covering in particular horizontal and non-horizontal mergers, the impact of mergers on innovation, market definition, exclusionary conduct, excessive prices, standard essential patents, bargaining power and antitrust damages estimation. Raphaël holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and degrees in law and in economics from the University of Liège, Belgium. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at New York University and taught at the University of Chicago and the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

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Raphaël De Coninck Excessive Prices: An overview of EU and national case law

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One fundamental difference between the European and American approaches to unilateral conduct relates to the treatment of exploitative conduct, including excessive prices. While the mere charging of monopoly prices is not unlawful under US antitrust law, which recognizes high prices as an important element of the free-market system that rewards innovation, exploitative practices by a dominant company are in principle considered abusive under EU law, even if the exploitative conduct is not accompanied by other anticompetitive practices.

Damien Neven, Hans Zenger, Raphaël De Coninck The EU Commission develops a novel theory of harm based on the effect of the transaction on the bargaining power of the new entity (Universal Music Group / EMI Music)

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This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Mergers and bargaining power: back to the future? Insights from the Universal/EMI merger* The decision to approve the acquisition of EMI’s recorded music rights (...)

Augustijn Van Haasteren, Cyril Hariton, Krisztian Kecsmar, Pablo Asbo, Polyvios Panayides, Raphaël De Coninck The EU Commission approves, subject to conditions, an acquisition in the Belgian electricity market (EDF / Segebel)

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EDF/Segebel (SPE) - More power to boost competition in Belgian energy markets* I. Introduction In September 2009, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration whereby Electricité de France («EDF») would acquire from Centrica, a UK energy company, a 100% stake in Segebel (...)

Miriam Driessen-Reilly, Polyvios Panayides, Raphaël De Coninck The EU Commission accepts, subject to conditions, a takeover of a company in the electricity sector (EDF / British Energy)

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I. Introduction On 24 September 2008, following ongoing talks with British Energy, EdF announced that it had agreed a takeover of the company for the sum of £12.5 billion. On 3 November 2008, given that the transaction had a Community dimension within the meaning of the Merger Regulation, EdF (...)

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Jorge Padilla, Olivier d’Ormesson, Raphaël De Coninck Quantifying damages in civil proceedings: Can economists and should competition authorities help? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 February 2011)

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La deuxième table-ronde de la conférence New Frontiers of Antitrust du 11 février 2011 à Paris est dédiée à la quantification des dommages dans les procedures civiles. Raphael de Coninck, membre de l’équipe du chef économiste de la Commission européenne, présente dans la première contribution, plusieurs (...)

Raphaël De Coninck Estimating private antitrust damages

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In light of the European Commission’s recent initiatives to bolster private antitrust enforcement, this paper discusses the general economic framework for damages estimation, reviews common empirical methods used by economic experts and highlights some of the practical challenges for estimating (...)

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