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The Brattle Group answers complex economic, regulatory, and financial questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. Originating in 1990 as a five-person outfit, Brattle combined with Incentives Research, Incorporated in 1995 to strengthen its expertise in energy matters and opened its first office in Cambridge. The firm's 300-plus employees—now working from nine offices in the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, and the United Kingdom—serve a number of industries, including electric power, financial institutions, infrastructure, natural gas and petroleum, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and telecommunications and media.
Where its energy lies
Today, Brattle's specialties lie in energy, finance, and litigation throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. 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 investor-owned utilities, public utilities, electricity and pipeline customers, power generators, transmission organizations, and regulatory authorities 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 electricity market participants, they provide business strategy support and help with developing (or responding to) new market designs and regulatory frameworks. The firm also has growing practices in integrated resource planning and the design and implementation of "Utility of the Future" initiatives.
Elsewhere in the halls of commerce, financial institutions call on Brattle when faced with litigation and regulatory matters concerning securities, tax and transfer pricing, due diligence, structured finance, risk management, asset valuation, pricing of services, profitability, antitrust issues, and cost of capital. Companies in the telecommunications, media, internet and information technology, and sports and entertainment sectors call upon Brattle for support with litigation, regulation, and policy matters, and to provide business valuation and private advisory analyses. Brattle also has knowledge and experience in intellectual property, product liability, transportation and infrastructure, 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 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 & University of Southern California, 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, Harvard, Duke University, the University of Chicago, Stanford, 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 economic issues related to the environment, energy, finance, and telecommunications industries. 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, Brattle is also on the lookout for notable research outside its own firm. Every year, the firm awards "The Brattle Group Prize" for the best papers in corporate finance to foster intellectual inquiry within the areas of finance and economics. As an incentive, winners receive $25,000, and two runner-up papers receive $10,000.
Putting their money where their mouth is
Brattle puts a high value on the development of staff and the application of its values into everything done by the firm. To that end, the firm awards two $10,000 prizes to staff – The Bill Moss Prize to recognize excellence in mentoring, and the Brattle Prize to recognize the staff member who most exemplifies the core values of the firm – respect, performance, collaboration, and integrity.
IN THE NEWS
Brattle Principal Jurgen Weiss and Research Analysts Maria Castaner and Tony Lee have authored a paper, “Electrification: EU Opportunities for Utility Growth.”
The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce ruled that Russia’s Gazprom must pay Ukraine’s Naftogaz $2.56 billion, ending two commercial arbitrations that have lasted nearly four years.
For the 11th consecutive year, The Brattle Group has been named one of the world’s top firms for competition economics by Global Competition Review (GCR).
The Brattle Group is pleased to announce that Principals Richard Caldwell, Darrell Chodorow, Dan Harris, Carlos Lapuerta, Alexis Maniatis, and Stewart Myers have been named among the world’s top arbitration expert witnesses by Who’s Who Legal.
The Brattle Group is pleased to announce that Eliana Garcés, former Deputy Chief Economist at the European Commission, has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a principal.
In the second installment of Brattle’s Retail Energy Practice Briefing Series, Brattle economists examine how “Utility of the Future” (UoF) developments could affect the measurement and compensation of business, regulatory, and other risks of a utility, especially as measured in its cost of capital.
Phone: +44 20 7406 7900
Employer Type: Private
President & CEO: M. Alexis Maniatis
2018 Employees (All Locations): 386
Boston, MA (HQ)
Energy & Utilities
Competition & Market Manipulation
Electricity Market Modeling & Resource Planning
Environmental Policy, Planning & Compliance
Finance & Ratemaking
Renewable & Alternative Energy
Analysis of Market Manipulation
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Big Data & Document Analytics
Environmental Litigation & Regulation
Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation
Securities & Finance
Tax Controversy & Transfer Pricing
White Collar Investigations & Litigation
Natural Gas & Petroleum
Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
Telecommunications, Internet & Media