Oliver Latham is a Vice President in Charles River Associates’ European Competition Practice in London. He specialises in the application of econometric techniques to competition assessments as well as in cases involving multi-sided platforms and innovative industries. His work covers mergers (including Ball/Rexam, INEOS/Solvay, LG/Ziggo, Microsoft/LinkedIn, PayPal/iZettle, Fox/Sky, AEG/SMG, Kongsberg/RRCM, Vodafone/Liberty Global, Uber/Yandex, Uber/Grab and Uber/Careem); abuse of dominance (including working for complainants in the Google Android and Amazon eBooks cases, for Unilever in its response to concerns in relation to pricing of impulse ice cream, and a number of ongoing cases in the pharmaceuticals and technologies sector); damages litigation (including work for Visa in the ongoing payment card interchange fee litigation and for Alstom in relation to damages due to the Gas Insulated Switchgear cartel); and alleged anticompetitive agreements (e.g. alleged RPM by UK department stores and geo-blocking clauses in the Pay-TV sector). Prior to joining CRA Dr Latham completed a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a teaching fellow in the Faculty of Economics and a consultant at the Centre for Policy Studies. His academic work has been published in the Economic Journal and he has also written on economic matters in publications such as the Sunday Times, Indian Express, and Vox.
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On 4 August 2020 the CMA cleared Amazon’s proposed minority investment in Deliveroo. Having previously been concerned that the investment could damage competition by discouraging Amazon from re-entering restaurant food delivery in the UK and altering its competitive incentives in respect of (...)
Acquisitions of Potential Rivals in Digital/Tech: Valuation Analysis as Key Economic Too - PayPal/iZettle Antitrust authorities everywhere are increasingly concerned with so-called “killer acquisitions” – cases where an established incumbent buys up a small rival which might have the (...)
When do retail price communications between retailers and manufacturers become RPM?* Introduction Commercial negotiations between manufacturers and retailers necessarily involve a discussion of wholesale prices, but they may also involve a discussion of potential retail prices, including (...)
Interview conducted by Oliver Latham, Charles River Associates International, London ********** You’ve been chief economist through a period of big developments in competition policy. We have got the rise of New Brandeisian thinking in the US, a more muscular approach to merger (...)
Contents: Reining in digital unicorns: Is Europe setting the rules for the world?, Dr Katarzyna Czapracka, Partner, White & Case, Brussels and Warsaw A few thoughts on privacy and competition, Martin d’Halluin, Senior Vice President, Global Competition Law & Policy Counsel, News (...)