Global economics, finance and business consulting firm, LECG Corporation (NASDAQ: XPRT), has today announced the appointment of Dr Lorenzo Coppi as a director in its European competition policy team, as part of its continued growth in this field.

Dr. Coppi, who joins LECG from Charles River Associates, will be based in the firm’s London and Brussels offices. He has more than thirteen years experience in competition policy consulting, practicing in both London and Washington DC. He has advised on a variety of high profile EU, US and UK mergers such as Procter & Gamble/Gillette, General Electric/Instrumentarium Dental, Hewlett Packard/Compaq and Bass/Interbrew. Dr. Coppi’s experience on anticompetitive practices include monopolization and abuse of dominance cases (e.g., Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft), as well as cartels (e.g. Rubber Chemicals and Hydrogen Peroxide). In addition, he was involved in the restructuring of several financial institutions, as a result of the state aid granted during the global financial crisis.

Dr. Coppi is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), where he teaches Economics of Competition Law, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and has published widely on the economics of competition law and regulation.

Dr. Coppi joins other LECG senior competition policy directors based around the EU, in providing leading edge economics advice to clients engaged in competition cases, varying from merger analysis, evaluating state aid contributions, providing economic analysis on market definition, advising on abusive pricing practices and the analysis on the effects of market cartels on companies and industry.

This latest hire is part of LECG’s continued expansion in Europe and, in particular, in its UK competition policy practice, including the recent addition of Neil Dryden as a competition policy director who joined the firm from NERA. Working closely with the firm’s other European practice areas – financial, business and tax consulting – Dr. Coppi will also help lead industry focus areas in financial services, technology, chemicals, retail and beverages in particular, and further strengthen LECG’s specialist econometrics offering.

LECG’s European CEO, Jorge Padilla, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Lorenzo on board, in what is another significant move for LECG in the competition policy space. Our practice has seen sustained growth during 2010, as a result of increased merger activity after the downturn of 2009, alongside continued activity in countercyclical areas such as state aid and competition damages cases. LECG has what I believe to be the most senior European practice in the industry and I am excited about our plans for 2011 and beyond.”

About LECG

LECG is a global litigation; economics; consulting and business advisory; and governance, assurance, and tax expert services firm with approximately 1,200 employees in 32 offices. We provide independent expert testimony, original authoritative studies, strategic financial advisory services, and innovative business consulting solutions to Fortune Global 500 corporations, middle market firms, AmLaw 100 law firms, and government agencies worldwide.

LECG's highly credentialed experts and professional staff conduct economic and financial analyses and perform independent verification to provide objective opinions and advice that inform legislative, judicial, regulatory, and business decision makers. LECG experts are renowned academics, former senior government officials, experienced industry leaders, and seasoned consultants. Attest services are provided through Smart and Associates, LLP, pursuant to an alternative practice structure. LECG is not a licensed CPA firm.

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