Bates White Economic Consulting at a Glance


  • "The experience; I was very well-positioned to apply to law school."
  • "Opportunities to learn programming and analysis skills."
  • "Bright, motivated people. Challenging work (never stop learning)."


  • "A lot of the more interesting work is done by PhDs."
  • "Limited brand name value in business development."
  • "Little opportunity for management of larger teams."

The Buzz

  • "Collegiate, dedicated to community."
  • "Best-in-class econometrics."
  • "Friendly."
  • "Rates are way too high."

About Bates White Economic Consulting

Bates White is a mid-sized consultancy specializing in advanced economic, financial and econometric analysis. The company's professional staff-among them economists, econometricians, financial analysts and IT specialists-help law firms, corporations and government entities address complex matters that require sophisticated problem solving and deep empirical analysis.

Co-founders Charles Bates and Halbert White set the bar as high for excellence as they do for diversity. They created a culture where bright minds from diverse backgrounds come together to solve difficult challenges facing today's decision makers. The firm is uniquely focused on the cultivation of diversity within its ranks. In the first decade since its founding in 1999, it established a diversity-inclusion council that tests, implements and evaluates initiatives aimed at the heterogeneous widening of the staff and corporate culture, and ensures that all employees, regardless of their differences, have opportunities to learn, develop and contribute to the firm's success. Employees come from an array of ethnicities and backgrounds, having been recruited from many different institutions and an alphabet soup of academic fields, including biology, business administration, chemistry, economics, engineering, finance, mathematics, physics, political science, and statistics. Their linguistic capabilities include Armenian, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Kannadu, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Data gurus

Bates White specializes in complex data-intensive cases in the areas of healthcare, mergers, monopolization, collusion, product liability, and financial securities litigation. The firm pays meticulous attention to uncovering relevant data and its experts are skilled at delving into issues using sophisticated analytical techniques. In particular, the firm has developed a number of robust, proprietary databases containing information on such items as employment, epidemiology, insurance claims, product pricing, and financial records from public sources such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the US Census, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the firm has extensive experience analyzing substantial amounts of company-specific information from transactional and financial data as well as business records spanning multiple industries, especially airlines, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceuticals, payment cards, and retail products. Bates White is widely recognized for its ability to collect and analyze vast amounts of data and has an IT infrastructure to quickly and efficiently respond to client requests for analyses.

Experts at antitrust and beyond

Bates White is at the forefront of applying economic theory and empirical methodologies to address issues that arise in the antitrust analysis of class certification, damages, mergers and acquisitions, monopolization, and collusion. The firm's hallmark approach to conducting business is to develop a deep understanding of relevant industry, factual, and legal contexts to support opinions with sound economic theory and rigorous empirical analyses that withstand intense scrutiny. Today, the firm has a team of more than 50 PhD antitrust professionals who advise clients on case development and strategy, assess and analyze the relative strengths of economic arguments, and determine optimal strategies for discovery, motions, trial preparations, and settlement. In addition, Bates White has been a dominant market leader for more than a decade in asbestos litigation and valuation as well as in False Claims Act litigation. More recently, the firm has earned an outstanding reputation for its expertise in mortgage-backed securities. Antitrust remains the largest practice area, but the firm also has recognized experts in environmental product liability, healthcare and life sciences, energy, and finance.



January 2015

Bates White Recognized by GCR "Economics 21" and International Who's Who

Bates White was named in Global Competition Review's 2015 "Economics 21," and six of Bates White's competition economists were ranked in GCR's sister publication, the annual International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.

This was the sixth consecutive year Bates White made the "Economics 21" (formerly "Economics 20"), which lists the world's top economic consultancies offering expert opinion and analysis on antitrust and competition policy matters. Firms are selected through an independent survey assessing firm size, market reputation, recent work in the field, and number of economists nominated for the International Who's Who. Six of Bates White's Partners were selected for inclusion in the 2015 International Who's Who of Competition Economists list. The Bates White Partners were Douglas Bernheim, Cory Capps, Eric Emch, Joseph Farrell, George Rozanski, and Michael Whinston.

July 2015

Merger of Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA

On behalf of construction material manufacturers Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA, Bates White provided economic analysis of possible competitive concerns in North America and advised the merging parties, while the firm's European partner, E.CA Economics, provided similar analysis and advice related to possible concerns in Europe. Bates White analyzed the likely competitive effects of the proposed $25 billion merger in markets for cement, ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates in North America. The merger will create the world's largest cement manufacturer, with operations in 90 countries. In addition to likely competitive effects of the merger, the firm analyzed various divestiture scenarios, and provided ongoing support to attorneys for the parties throughout the regulatory approval process. Analysis was presented in two written submissions to the FTC and two written submissions to the Canadian Bureau of Competition (CBC). After almost one year of review, the FTC and CBC approved the merger, pending certain asset divestitures.

October 2014

Dr. Oetker's acquisition of McCain Foods

Bates White worked on behalf of Dr. Oetker, a German food producer, to analyze the competitive effects of its proposed acquisition of McCain Foods' North American frozen pizza business. The firm submitted analysis to the Competition Bureau of Canada investigating the likelihood of unilateral effects. The Bureau cleared the acquisition without the issuance of a supplemental information request.

May 2015

Merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bates White provided expert analysis to the FCC on behalf of Cogent Communications regarding the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The firm analyzed and responded to the declarations submitted by the merging parties' economic experts and assessed the competitive issues that arise in the provision of Internet access on both the consumer and Internet content provider sides of the market. In April 2015, the parties announced that they were abandoning the proposed $45 billion merger.

Ongoing, 2015

United States of America v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Bates White has been retained to provide expert testimony on the economics of pharmacy dispensing, government reimbursements, and adherence in connection with alleged False Claims Act violations associated with alleged kickbacks concerning Novartis's distribution of two specialty brand-name pharmaceuticals: Myfortic and Exjade.

Ongoing, 2015

Residential Capital LLC consolidated cases

Bates White has been retained to provide expert testimony on behalf of the liquidating trust of Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) in a number of lawsuits consolidated in New York and Minnesota bankruptcy courts. ResCap was one of the world's largest financial services companies specializing in real-estate loans before declaring bankruptcy in 2013. ResCap began facing lawsuits in 2008 regarding the underwriting quality of residential mortgage loans that it purchased, packaged, and resold. The ResCap Liquidating Trust alleges that the mortgage originators misrepresented and sold billions of dollars worth of defective loans to ResCap and therefore should indemnify ResCap for any losses that it incurred as a result of the defective loans. Bates White proposed a sampling protocol to determine breach rates that can be used in the determination of liability and damages.

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Bates White Economic Consulting

1300 Eye Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 408-6110
Fax: (202) 408-7838


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Founder & Chairman: Charles E. Bates, PhD
  • 2015 Employees: 185

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Competition
    Communications and Media
    Environmental and Product Liability
    Healthcare and Life Sciences
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Labor and Employment
    Transfer Pricing and Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • San Diego, CA

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