KPMG is pleased to announce that Dr Maria Maher has been appointed as a director to the firm’s Competition Economics practice. She joins from AlixPartners and will focus on advising clients within KPMG’s forensic advisory team.
An economist with over 20 years experience, specialising in competition policy, Dr Maher brings a track record of advising clients and providing expert reports in competition law cases and regulatory inquiries, particularly across the telecoms and utilities sectors. Her career has involved advising clients in cases revolving around abuse of dominance, firm conduct, behavioural remedies, and antitrust damages across a wide range of sectors including communications, energy, chemicals, retail & consumer goods, technology, and professional services.
Nicola Mazzarotto, Partner and head of KPMG’s competition economics practice, said: “We are delighted that Maria has joined our team. She is an experienced competition economist and brings a depth of knowledge that fits extremely well with KPMG’s economics and disputes practice. Maria adds further strength to KPMG’s outstanding team of competition economists, with significant experience in areas such as market investigations and merger control.”
Dr Maria Maher adds: “I am very excited to be joining at a time when the demand for competition economics advice from clients is increasing. With attention growing on areas such as competition compliance and cartel damages, I look forward to working alongside colleagues who are experts in forensic accounting and data analytics, as these are areas of expertise that are particularly important in antitrust damages cases.”
Dr Maher previously worked at NERA Economic Consulting in Washington DC and London. Prior to NERA, she was with the OECD in Paris, where she led the organisation’s work on competition and performance. As a senior economist at the OECD, Maria also developed a reputation for providing expert analysis on issues ranging from international trade agreements to corporate governance and sustainable development.
Dr Maher has a PhD in economics from the University of California - Berkeley and has held academic positions at Cambridge University and Birkbeck College.
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