Partner Matthew J. Reilly of Simpson Thacher, which served as counsel for Office Depot, commented, “Peter Boberg, Andrew Dick, and the economists at CRA provided invaluable assistance throughout the FTC’s Second Request investigation process. CRA’s analyses of the merger’s likely competitive effects in the retail and contract businesses were instrumental in obtaining FTC clearance.”CRA's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh said, “Charles River Associates is pleased to have assisted Office Depot in securing antitrust clearance for its merger with OfficeMax. Our economists focus on analyses reflective of the facts as well as the current nature of economic markets, and this assisted in creating a precedent-setting merger in the office supply industry.” Vice Presidents Peter Boberg and Andrew Dick led a team of CRA economists on the matter, including Courtney Stoddard, Josh Lustig, and Spencer Graf. About CRA's Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice CRA's competition economists provide economic analysis and testimony in competition matters around the world. Many have served in government antitrust agencies and are members of premier academic, economic, and law faculties. Their experience extends to many industries, including telecommunications, health care, energy, computer hardware/software, retailing, entertainment, transportation, natural resources, sports, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and consumer products. About Charles River Associates (CRA) Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, and financial consulting, and management consulting. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at http://www.crai.com.