Benno Buehler is a Vice President affiliated to the Munich and Brussels offices. Previously, he was a senior member of the European Commission’s DG Competition Chief Economist Team. He started his career at an international management consultancy.
With more than 10 years of competition experience, Benno has worked on many aspects of competition policy. He did the economic analysis in a number of antitrust matters such as the Amazon case on parity clauses as well as in the Samsung and Motorola Standard Essential Patent cases. He also shaped the Commission’s economic assessment in several high profile horizontal and non-horizontal mergers, such as T-Mobile NL/Tele2 NL, Tronox/Cristal, Qualcomm/NXP, Three UK/Telefónica UK, Telenor/TeliaSonera, Orange/Jazztel, Telefónica DE/E-Plus, H3G/Orange, Google/Motorola, Glencore/Xstrata. He was also involved in a number of policy initiatives such as the Commission’s overhaul of the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation. His experience covers a wide range of sectors, including (mobile) telecommunications and broadband, high-tech, commodities and raw materials, paper, energy and transport. In light of his work experience at the European Commission, he is familiar with the perspective of competition agencies.
His academic work has been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Industrial Economics and the European Economic Review. He has also published on competition policy in the Review of Industrial Organization as well as in Competition Law & Policy Debate. Benno regularly speaks at competition policy conferences.
He is a native German speaker, and is fluent in English and French.
Ex-post Analysis of Mobile Telecom Mergers: The Case of Austria and The Netherlands (with L. Aguzzoni, L. Di Martile, R. Kemp and A. Schwarz), 2017, De Economist, p. 1-25
Europe – The Final Countdown: Five, four, three … no, wait! (with T. Büttner, E. Ocello and M. Piergiovanni), 2017, Competition Law & Policy Debate, 3(4), p. 18-30
Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2016/2017 (with D. Coublucq, C. Hariton, G. Langus and T. Valletti ), 2017, Review of Industrial Organization, 51(4), p. 397–422
Recent developments in the assessment of efficiencies of EU mergers (with G. Federico), 2016, Competition Law & Policy Debate, 2(1), p. 64-74
Do Roaming Alliances Harm Consumers?, 2015, Journal of Industrial Economics, 63(4), p. 642-672
Ex-post analysis of two mobile telecom mergers: T-Mobile/tele.ring in Austria and T-Mobile/Orange in the Netherlands (with L. Aguzzoni, L. Di Martile, R. Kemp, A. Schwarz, R. Stil, G. Ecker), 2015, DG Comp report
Recent developments at DG Competition: 2013–2014 (with X. Boutin, G. Koltay and M. Motta), 2014, Review of Industrial Organization, 45(4), p. 399-415
Certification and Minimum Quality Standards when some Consumers are Uninformed (with F. Schuett), 2014, European Economic Review, 70, p. 493-511
Ideologues: Explaining Partisanship and Persistence in Politics (with A. Kessler), 2010, CEPR Discussion Paper 7724
- Ph.D. Economics, Toulouse School of Economics and Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
- M.Sc. Business Administration, Humboldt University Berlin
- M.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Management, Technical University Berlin
- B.A. Industrial Engineering and Management, Technical University Berlin