Antitrust & Competition Economics: Natural resources
CRA’s antitrust consultants know the natural resources field. Whether the matter is a price-fixing investigation, a merger, or a contractual issue, we provide innovative analysis, creative thinking, and cutting-edge methodologies. We’ve been involved on competition assignments that have covered nearly all types of natural resources and minerals.
Competition analyses regarding natural resources frequently present many special economic issues including optimal extraction rates, monopsony power, geographic market, externalities, and free-riding. CRA professionals provide expertise in applying the underlying economic theory relating to these issues to the market facts in question and in examining how the simultaneous presence of several of these factors should be properly incorporated into the theory of the case.
Our practice is enhanced by the deep industry experience of our colleagues in CRA’s metals and chemicals practices. Industry experts from these practices include scientists, engineers, and former corporate leaders who regularly consult with major mining and minerals corporations on matters such as:
- Supply and demand forecasting
- Plant and equipment siting
- Acquisition strategies
- A wide range of distribution and marketing activities
By incorporating this expertise from our colleagues in our metals and mining practices, CRA ensures that its competitive analyses incorporate the most up-to-date data available and reflect an in-depth understanding of market facts.