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Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law

Start Date: 1st October 2019

Programme Begins on 1st October 2019

Richard Whish is Emeritus Professor of Law at King’s College London; in 2014 he was appointed QC Honoris Causa. He was a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading in the UK from 2003 to 2009, and a non-executive director of the Singaporean Energy Markets Authority from 2005 to 2011. He is the co-author, with David Bailey, of Competition Law, 8th edition 2015 (OUP), and the author of many other books, articles, case-notes and book reviews on various aspects of international competition law and policy.

Dr. Adrian Majumdar joined RBB Economics in April 2004. Prior to taking his post at RBB, Adrian was the Deputy Director of Economics at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Adrian has published papers on unilateral effects, mixed bundling, pricing abuses, buyer power, merger simulation and the impact of cartels on prices, and was the principal author of the RBB report for the OFT on selective price cuts and fidelity rebates. Adrian lectures on Economics for Competition Lawyers for Kings College London. Adrian has over 12 years’ experience of a wide range of competition issues covering domestic and European mergers, Article 82 and Chapter II investigations, anti-competitive agreements, and market inquiries.

He has recently advised Nokia, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), GAME plc, SCA, Woolworths Group, HMV/Waterstone’s, Spire Healthcare Ltd, Ryanair, GE Capital, Colgate-Palmolive, EDF Energy and Cable & Wireless on competition matters before the UK and European authorities. He also provides compliance advice on Article 81 and Article 82 matters to several high profile clients. While at the OFT, Adrian was the principal author of the Competition Act guidelines on Market Definition, the Assessment of Market Power and the Assessment of Conduct.

Mike Walker was appointed Chief Economic Adviser at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 11 September 2013. As a member of the Senior Executive Team and a central adviser to the Board, Mike plays an important role in the development of the new organisation. He is also an academic at Kings College, London and the College of Europe in Bruges, and co-author of The Economics of EU Competition Law.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Director of Competition Policy at London Economics
  • Senior regulatory economist with British Telecom (BT)
  • Senior Associate at Lexecon Ltd, London and Brussels
  • Vice-President, European Competition Policy at Charles River Associates (CRA) International

The Chief Economic Adviser at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is responsible for:

  • providing strong, visible leadership across the organisation
  • ensuring that the CMA’s economists provide high-quality advice, giving guidance on the most complex cases and developing centres of expertise

Justin Coombs is a Director in Compass Lexecon’s European Competition Policy practice. Justin has 20 years’ experience as an applied economist specialising in competition policy and economic regulation.

During his economic consulting career Justin has advised clients in cases before the UK Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading, European Commission and numerous national competition authorities. He has provided expert reports to the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the European Union General Court. During his career he has given oral evidence at numerous Competition Commission hearings as well as before Parliamentary select committees.

Prior to his career as an economic consultant Justin was a Director at the Office of Fair Trading where he was in charge of the enforcement of UK and EC antitrust law in the service sector of the UK economy. During his career at the OFT, he advised on a wide range of competition policy cases and drafted many of the OFT’s guidelines on UK competition law, including its guidelines on market definition and abuse of dominance. Justin has also worked at Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, where he was the Director responsible for regulation of the gas and electricity transmission networks in Great Britain.

Bojana Ignjatovic is a Partner based in the London office of RBB Economics. She has over ten years¹ experience as an expert in competition economics. Prior to joining RBB in 2007, Bojana worked as the Deputy Head of Merger Economics at the OFT. Bojana has published and spoken widely on competition policy and industrial economics. She has also run training seminars for competition and regulatory agencies, and lectured for the Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Economics for Competition Law at Kings College, London. Bojana holds an undergraduate degree from Balliol College, University of Oxford, and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Bojana has extensive experience advising on merger cases, in both private and public practice, across a wide range of horizontal, vertical and conglomerate transactions. She has particular expertise in the application of quantitative techniques in the assessment of horizontal mergers. Bojana has also represented clients on a range of antitrust matters, in relation to horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance and market investigations. She has advised clients across a range of jurisdictions, including the EU, UK, South Africa, Australia, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Bojana has experience in competition law investigations spanning virtually all sectors of the economy including fast moving consumer goods, retail, newspaper and magazine publishing, mobile telephony, commodities, pharmaceuticals, petrol retailing and distribution, transport, insurance, and financial services. She has worked for clients including T-Mobile, BHP Billiton, Mittal, Panalpina, the Go Ahead Group, Hearst, DCC Energy, Seiko Epson Corporation, BBC and Alliance UniChem

Diana Jackson has advised clients on a wide variety of issues in a range of industries since becoming an economic consultant in 1998. She has particular experience in merger investigations, having worked for the merging parties on European Commission investigations, including INEOS/Kerling, KarstadtQuelle/MyTravel, Andersen/Ernst & Young, GE/Honeywell, and Airtours/First Choice (both at the Commission stage and in the Court of First Instance appeal) as well as on cases before the UK Competition Commission (Pan Fish/Marine Harvest, Centrica/Rough) and the German Bundeskartellamt (BP/E.ON, Avery Dennison/Jackstädt).

Nicole is head of the state aid team at Oxera, an economics consulting firm based in Brussels, Berlin, Oxford and London. Nicole has in depth-expertise advising clients on a broad range of economic and financial issues in state aid cases. This includes assessments of the market economy operator principle (MEOP), the application of state aid rules for services of general economic interest (SGEI), state aid compliance, as well as assessments of the compatibility of aid measures. Nicole also provides expert advice to clients on a range of economic and financial issues associated with state aid cases in front of the Courts. Nicole has regular speaking engagements on state aid matters and has published extensively on state aid issues in the leading competition journals. 

Mark Williams is a leading advisor in the economics of UK and EC competition policy and merger control. He has advised over the last 15 years on over 100 competition policy cases, providing a level of expertise, experience and insight derived from detailed involvement in many of the major competition and regulatory cases of modern times.

He has specific expertise in the field of UK market investigations and their particular focus on market-wide features; and he has advised companies in numerous such cases, including New Motor Cars, Groceries, BAA, Audit and Private Healthcare.

He also has a strong record of providing high-level strategic competition advice in a range of prominent global M&A situations. His merger work includes the defence of InBev/Anheuser Busch, Thomson/Reuters, EdF/British Energy, and Universal Music/BMG.

He has previously taught Economics at Oxford University and headed the European Competition Practice of US consultancy NERA. Mark Williams was educated at Oxford (BA, MPhil, DPhil).