Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that Christopher Pleatsikas has rejoined the firm as a vice president in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice based in Oakland. Dr. Pleatsikas specializes in competition analysis and antitrust issues involving mergers and acquisitions, economic impact assessment analysis, intellectual property, class action certification and damages, and regulatory consulting. He previously worked at Charles River Associates in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice, with a focus on Asia-Pacific projects. "We are excited to welcome back Christopher Pleatsikas," said CRA's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. "His antitrust experience and testifying expertise in courts and before administrative agencies in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Republic of Singapore is valuable as clients frequently require assistance in several jurisdictions." Dr. Pleatsikas has extensive expertise in a variety of network industries including financial services, energy transportation and distribution, telecommunications and computer services, and transportation. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at the Berkeley Research Group. Previously, Dr. Pleatsikas was a Managing Director at LECG, in charge of its Australian litigation practice. He also has been a Principal at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc., a Manager of the Economic Analysis Unit, Management Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a Managing Associate at Urban Systems Research and Engineering, Inc. Dr. Pleatsikas has been a distinguished lecturer in the economics department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland. His published papers, conference papers, and presentations include analyses of the interface between antitrust and regulatory policy, evaluation of the implications of standards for determining whether prices are predatory, assessments of the competitive implications of contractual provisions, and analyses of merger policies and regulations. Additionally, he is currently an editor for the Competition and Consumer Journal. He holds a PhD in Regional Economic Analysis and a BA in Arts and Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania along with a MS in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.
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