Damien Neven

The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva), Compass Lexecon (Brussels)
Professor, Economist (Senior Consultant)

Damien Neven is a Senior Consultant and member of Compass Lexecon’s Advisory Committee as well as the Professor of Economics at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. He is a distinguished academic economist with a record of publications in applied industrial organization and competition policy. Previously, he was the Chief Economist at DG Competition where he led the expansion of the Chief Economist Team over just four years from around 10 to nearly 30 highly trained economists, playing a role in all major matters. He provided direct advice to the Competition Commissioner and was closely involved in a number of key developments, both in terms of policy and case assessment. These included the adoption of the Guidelines for the Assessment of Non Horizontal Mergers, with related landmark cases like TomTom/Tele Atlas and Google/DoubleClick; the Guidance Paper on the Priorities for the Enforcement of Article 102, with related cases like Intel and Velux; and the development of quantitative methods of investigation, in particular for horizontal mergers that have found extensive application in cases such as Aer Lingus/Ryanair, Friesland/Campina, Statoil/Conoco, and Unilever/Sara Lee. He also promoted the adoption of the Guidelines on the Submission and Evaluation of Economic Evidence, which sets a framework and standards for the development of economic analysis in all cases. He oversaw the economic analysis of other high-profile or significant cases such as Oracle/Sun, BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto, Mastercard, Visa, and Olympic/Aegean. Prior to his tenure as Chief Economist, he advised parties on major cases such as Airtours/First Choice, Volvo/Scania,and Tetra Laval/Sidel.

Distinctions

Linked authors

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
European University Institute (Florence)
London School of Economics
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (Brussels)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
French State Council (Paris)
DG COMP (Brussels)

Articles

159 Bulletin

Damien Neven, Jorge Padilla, Xavier Boutin Roundtable: The EU Court of Justice reverses the General Court’s decision in an abuse of dominance case against a big tech company in the market for processors and rules that rebates should be judged under rule of reason (Intel)

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Roundtable Discussion on the ECJ ruling in Intel* On 6 September 2017, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued a landmark judgment where it set aside the judgment of the General Court (“GC”) in the highly debated Intel matter. This judgment is of particular significance because it provides (...)

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 new entity’s bargaining power (Universal Music Group / EMI Music)

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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 by Universal has recently been published by the European Commission. Following a Phase II investigation, the acquisition was approved (...)

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