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Frank Maier-Rigaud

    Position(s): Associate Director, NERA; Professor IESEG School of Management Brussels, Belgium Experience & Areas of Interest:

Dr. Maier-Rigaud is Head of NERA's Competition Economics Group in Europe. His expertise encompasses all areas of competition economics, notably competitive effects of mergers, cartels, abuse of dominance, and vertical and horizontal restraints. His research also addresses issues concerning the quantification of damages, the competitive effects of loyalty schemes/rebates and cartels, as well as behavioral and structural remedies.

He is a Full Professor in the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods at the IÉSEG School of Management Paris and the Université Catholique de Lille, and a member of LEM-CNRS, the prestigious French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He previously held academic positions at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Germany, at Indiana University Bloomington and at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.

Dr. Maier-Rigaud was a Senior Economist of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, where he was responsible for the review and scrutiny of antitrust and merger decisions, the peer review panels and the sector inquiry framework. In that function he also coordinated the sector inquiries into financial services, energy, and pharmaceuticals. He led among the largest European Commission inspection teams comprised also of members of the French, German, and UK authorities on dawn raids and was involved in cases such as ENI, Intel, Prokent/Tomra, MasterCard, Oracle/PeopleSoft, and Sony/BMG. He appeared on behalf of the European Commission at numerous conferences, in case hearings, and before the European courts. As a Senior Economist in the Policy and Decision Scrutiny Directorate, he was involved in the Article 82 (now 102) review and the damages project. He also repeatedly gave internal trainings for lawyers and economists both at DG Competition but also at national competition authorities.

Dr. Maier-Rigaud was also Senior Economist at the Competition Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he oversaw the Working Party on Competition and Regulation, the tri-annual meetings of OECD member and observer country competition authorities on technical economic and regulatory competition issues. He also held responsibility for the OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit, a methodology allowing the screening of laws and regulations as to their competition impact. He also gave several presentations and one-week training sessions at various competition authorities in Asia and in Europe.



  • PhD in economics, University of Bonn
  • MA in political science and MA in economics, Indiana University Bloomington
  • BA (Vordiplom), University of Freiburg

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