The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group Company Profile

THE SCOOP

From Harvard Square to Trafalgar Square

The Brattle Group provides consulting and expert testimony services on economic, financial, regulatory and strategic issues to corporations, law firms and public agencies worldwide. Founded in 1990 as a five-person outfit in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts,  the firm's 200-plus employees-now working from seven offices in the United States, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom-serve a number of industries, including electric power, financial institutions, natural gas, petroleum, telecommunications media, and healthcare. 

Where its energy lies

Today, The Brattle Group's specialties lie in energy, finance and litigation throughout North America, the European Union and even in Asia Pacific, despite having no physical presence there. In the energy sector, one of Brattle's major practice areas, it services clients in the electric, natural gas and petroleum areas. The firm assists electric utilities, deregulated power producers, customers, regulators and energy policy-makers with planning, regulation and litigation efforts. It provides gas clients, whether involved in production, marketing or transport, with expert testimony and advice in regulatory and legal disputes over pricing, prudence and cost recovery, access and contract performance. For the petroleum industry, it consults on asset valuation, contract performance, corporate strategy and risk assessments, financial modeling, market power reviews, reliability, and damages evaluations and royalty disputes. The firm also has growing practices in integrated resource planning and the design and implementation of smart grid initiatives. 

Elsewhere in the halls of commerce, financial institutions call on The Brattle Group when faced with litigation and regulatory matters concerning securities, capital requirements, due diligence, structured finance, risk management, asset valuation, pricing of services, profitability, anti-trust issues, and the cost of capital. Telecommunications and media outfits engaged in fixed-line and wireless communications, mobile satellite services, and cable and satellite television look to the firm for valuation of spectrum, the assessment of damages in litigation, assistance with auctions, the pricing of network access, and interconnection and other analyses. The Brattle Group also has knowledge and experience in intellectual property, product liability, transportation and general commercial litigation, as well as an established practice in international arbitration and is regularly called on for assistance in high-profile, high-stakes disputes. Its antitrust/competition experts have worked on a number of the largest mergers, or attempted mergers, in over 50 industries. 

Brattle's brains

The Brattle Group refers to its consultants collectively as a team, and its chain of command is structured flatly to encourage input in a peer-like manner from individuals of any level. Not only does the system foster a sense of collegiality, but it also exposes junior staff to some of the biggest brains in their fields. Brattle's principals are longtime experts in their respective industries, with advanced degrees in economics, finance, management and engineering from top universities around the world. Its cadre of senior principals includes Daniel McFadden of the University of California, Berkeley, who was the co-winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics, and Stewart Myers of MIT's Sloan School of Management, co-author of the leading graduate-level textbook on corporate finance (Brealey & Myers). The firm's experts also draw on a network of advisors that includes renowned academics and former government officials, such as the former chief economist for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and deans and faculty at academic institutions, such as MIT, Duke University, the University of Chicago and London Business School. 

Rolling out the page-turners

Brattle consultants have shared their insights in countless academic papers, books, articles and reports, which have appeared in magazines, newspapers and journals all over the world. The firm frequently publishes reports and discussion papers on the state of economics economics, the environment, energy, finance and telecommunications.  Junior consulting staff are often given opportunities to co-author some of these publications.

While the firm's studies and research have won it recognition, The Brattle Group is also on the lookout for notable research outside its own firm. Every year, the firm sponsors prizes for the best papers in corporate finance to foster intellectual inquiry within the areas of finance and economics. As an incentive, winners receive $10,000, and two runner-up papers receive $5,000.

IN THE NEWS 

May 2012 

Expanding into New York

The firm recently expanded its geographic reach into New York City with the addition of Andrew Abere and Paul Hinton. Dr. Abere has over twenty years of experience consulting to public and private companies, law firms, and government agencies in matters involving antitrust, consumer protection, contracts, fraud, intellectual property, product liability, securities, and white collar crime. He joined the firm in February from Princeton Economics Group. 

Mr. Hinton has over 15 years of experience in economic consulting in a wide range of advisory and testifying engagements in connection with securities and finance litigation, commercial and contract disputes, bankruptcy, and product liability. He has testified in such matters in litigation, international arbitration, and before legislative committees. He joined Brattle in May from NERA Economic Consulting.

January 2013

Among the world's best

Brattle was named one of the top economic consultancies on the Global Competition Review (GCR) "Economics 20." The list is an analysis of the world's leading economic consulting firms that emphasizes the size of the firm's practice, reputation, evaluation of work completed in the past year, and the talent of individual economists. The GCR specifically emphasized Brattle's antitrust and competition expertise, which is supported by a vast network of outside academic advisors from several prominent institutions, including the London School of Economics, Northeastern University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, and Harvard Law School.

January 2013

Leading competition economists

Brattle principals Dan McFadden and Bob Reynolds have been recognized as two of the world's leading competition economists in Global Arbitration Review's (GAR) The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2013. Nominees for inclusion in GAR's Who's Who listing have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Four of Brattle's academic advisors were also recognized: Robert Hall, Timothy Brennan, Joshua Lerner, and Nicholas Economides.

 

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The Brattle Group


44 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 864-7900
Fax: (617) 864-1576
www.brattle.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President & CEO: M. Alexis Maniatis
  • 2014 Employees: 220

  • Employment Contact

    www.brattle.com/careers


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Functional Practice Areas

    Antitrust/Competition

    Commercial Damages

    Environmental Litigation & Regulation

    Forensic Economics

    Intellectual Property

    International Arbitration

    International Trade

    Product Liability

    Regulatory Finance & Accounting

    Risk Management

    Securities

    Tax

    Utility Regulatory Policy & Ratemaking

    Valuation

    Industry Practice Areas

    Electric Power

    Financial Institutions

    Natural Gas

    Petroleum

    Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Biotechnology

    Telecommunications & Media

    Transportation

Major Office Locations

  • Cambridge, MA (HQ)
    New York
    San Francisco
    Washington, DC

    London
    Madrid
    Rome

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