In a moment in which all over the world there are concerns of growing industrial concentration and increasing market power by firms, some are calling for antitrust authorities to be stricter when they vet mergers, while others defend the current standards. The ensuing discussion touches upon issues which are often very technical and may not be easy to understand.

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on the Competitive Effects of Mergers will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the crucial role of competition enforcement in merger control, by looking at established and new economic theories on mergers, the relevant empirical methods, as well as providing insightful discussions on recent high-profile merger cases in Europe and the US.

The program's faculty includes leading academic and professional economists, with extensive experience in the application of economic analysis to the competition enforcement in merger cases.

The course will be structured in a series of intensive sessions over three days.


  • Giulio Federico (Head of Unit, Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission)
  • Massimo Motta (Professor of Economics, ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission)
  • Natalia Fabra (Professor of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Aviv Nevo (G. A. Weiss and L. Bravo Weiss Professor of Economics and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania; former Chief Economist, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Elena Zoido (Senior Vice President, CompassLexecon)

Key benefits

  • Understand the role of economics in the area of merger control
  • The importance of interaction among theory, empirical methods, and practice
  • Insights on the main theories of harm applicable to merger control
  • Identification of the main empirical methods to be used in casework
  • The importance of efficiency defenses, and how to assess them
  • How to think of effective remedies to redress possible competitive harm
  • Exposure to world-renowned economic experts in the field of merger control

Participant profile

Economists, lawyers, policymakers, judges, managers, practitioners interested in understanding the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions:

  • Competition authorities
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Corporations
  • Law firms
  • Courts and tribunals
  • Economic consultancy firms
  • International organizations
  • Other public institutions
  • Academics and researchers in competition law and economics

A limited number of places may be available for Ph.D. students.


Covers the tuition of all sessions, education materials, welcome dinner, all coffee breaks, and lunch breaks.

Early-bird Registration and Payment (until Oct 8)

  • Regular Fee: €2200
  • Reduced Fee (Regulators, competition authorities, academics and alumni): €1100

Fee (until Oct 31)

  • Regular Fee: €2800
  • Reduced Fee (Regulators, competition authorities, academics and alumni): €1400

NOTE: Early-bird registration fee will only be applied if payment is received before October 8. After October 8, regular fee will be applied.

Special discounts are not cumulative.


All cancelations must be received in advance by email. Participants wishing to withdraw from the course will have their tuition fees totally or partially refunded according to the following policies:

  • Before Oct 8: Full refund, except for 200 € to cover administration and admissions expenses
  • Oct 8-31: 50% of the registration fee charged
  • On or after Oct 31: No refund

All refunds will be processed after the course and confirmed by email.

The Barcelona GSE reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not met.


Please note that participation fees do not include accommodation expenses. Participants must make their own accommodation arrangements. Information and accommodation options are available on the accommodations page.

Program taught in:
  • English

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