Cristina Caffarra

CRA International (London)
Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice

Dr. Cristina Caffarra (Vice President) is the Head of CRA’s European Competition Practice. Cristina is an expert in the application of modern industrial economics to competition law, and in the empirical analysis of markets in the context of competition investigations. She has provided economic advice to companies on issues of merger control, assessment of vertical restraints, finding of dominance, evaluation of abusive conduct, and several other competition/antitrust issues including bundling, tying, rebates, price discrimination, other forms of potentially exclusionary conduct, intellectual property rights, collusion and the assessment of damages. She has been advising before the European Commission (DG Comp) on a large number of merger investigations, including high profile cases such as GE/Honeywell, Norske Skog/Walsum/Parenco, BP/E.ON, Tetra/Sidel, NewsCorp/Telepiù, Ineos/BP Dormagen, Inco/Falconbridge, Telefonica/O2, Ryanair/Aer Lingus (for Aer Lingus), Ineos/Kerling, BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto, Unilever/Sara Lee, Google/Motorola, BA/BMI (for Virgin Atlantic), Hutchinson 3G/Orange Austria (for Orange), and many others. She has worked on a number of appeals before the CFI and given evidence before the CFI on a number of cases. She has been involved in a large number of Art 101 and Art 102 investigations before DG Comp, including investigations of interchange fees, investigations of standard essential patents, several cartels and information exchange cases, as well as abuse of dominance cases from Microsoft onwards. She has been also involved in numerous follow-on cartel damages actions and other competition-related damages in a number of jurisdictions (such as the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands). Dr. Caffarra was named as 2013 Economist of the Year in a survey of practitioners and agencies run by the Global Competition Review, an award that recognizes work in high-profile cases and quality of client service. Dr. Caffarra joined CRA in June 2005. Prior to this, she had been a Director of Lexecon Ltd since 1999. She holds a first degree in Economics (honours) from Italy, and a Master and D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Economics from Oxford University. She has worked for research institutions both in Italy and at Oxford. She is on the Editorial Board of the European Competition Law Journal, lectures at University College London, has written several articles for competition journals and presented papers on the economics of competition law at numerous international and academic conferences. She shares her time between Brussels and London.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Allen & Overy (London)
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Cristina Caffarra, Jenny Haydock, Matthew Bennett, Oliver Latham The UK Office of Fair Trading takes the view that bilateral communications of retail prices between manufacturer and retailers are problematic (Sports Bras)


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 (...)

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