Analysis Group Recognized as a Leading Global Economics Consultancy by Global Competition Review

January 17, 2019

Analysis Group, one of the largest international economics consulting firms, has been recognized as a leader on the Global Competition Review (GCR) Economics 20. The annual ranking represents top firms measured by size of practice, reputation, and work on impactful competition matters over the past year, including litigations, mergers, and government investigations.

“Our recognition in the Economics 20 reflects important work we are doing in helping clients to navigate the novel antitrust issues raised by today’s complex business environment,” said Martha S. Samuelson, CEO and Chairman of Analysis Group. GCR quoted Ms. Samuelson regarding the use of data as a competitive advantage, which has become an increasingly important topic in Europe, similar to its role in US antitrust cases. “European competition authorities will now have to consider merger-specific efficiency gains seriously, as multiple consumer benefits may be generated by firms’ strategies around data, in particular in terms of innovation and access to better products.”

Analysis Group’s representation on the Economics 20 highlights the firm’s role in some of the past year's most noteworthy cases. GCR called out the firm’s involvement in several challenging matters involving mergers, market dominance, and complex damages questions, including:

Discovery Communications Inc. Acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.

  • Analysis Group worked on behalf of Scripps in its successful acquisition by Discovery to evaluate potential competitive concerns in negotiations with multichannel video programming distributors for bundled programing. The $14.6B deal united brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, and Animal Planet, with Scripps’s portfolio – which includes HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, and Cooking Channel – netting Discovery five of the top female networks in ad-supported pay TV, accounting for more than a 20 percent share of women watching primetime in the US.

Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd et al. v. Microsoft

  • Analysis Group supported three academic affiliates on behalf of Microsoft in a Canadian class action alleging that the company engaged in a course of exclusionary and anticompetitive conduct regarding its operating system and applications. The firm supported Professor Sharon Oster of the Yale School of Management to analyze factors explaining Microsoft’s success; Professor Judith Chevalier of the Yale School of Management to assess damages; and Professor Robert Hall of Stanford University to analyze damages. The matter ultimately settled.

FTC – Sanford Health Acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic

  • Analysis Group supported the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its evaluation of Sanford Health’s proposed acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic, one of the largest health systems in the nation and the largest employer in the Dakotas. The firm helped analyze whether the merged entity would result in a monopoly detrimental to patients in the region. The merger was enjoined pending an administrative trial before the FTC.

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