Charles River Associates

Experience that counts for more

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CRA is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world.

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Team Size 500+
Established 1965

CRA is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world.

CRA guides businesses through critical strategy and operational issues to become more profitable; and advises governments and regulatory agencies on the economic impact of policies and regulations.

.Our clients include major law firms, corporations, regulatory agencies, accounting firms, and governments around the world. We advise more than half of the Fortune 100 companies and 90 percent of the top 100 law firms. They depend on us for rigorous, fact-based analysis; deep knowledge of multiple industries; and objective, tailored solutions to complex problems.

Our two main services – litigation and management consulting – are delivered by practice groups that focus on specific industry or functional areas of expertise.

CRA’s 40-plus years of accomplishments on behalf of our clients is a reflection of the firm’s exceptional talent. Many of our consultants are recognized experts in their respective fields, and we have long, close relationships with a select group of respected scholars and industry specialists.

With proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, CRA consultants have provided astute guidance to clients in thousands of successful engagements. We offer litigation and regulatory support, business strategy and planning, market and demand forecasting, policy analysis, and risk management consulting services.

Our success stems from the outstanding capabilities of our consultants, many of whom are recognized as experts in their respective fields; our close relationships with a select group of respected academic and industry experts; and from a corporate philosophy that stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and responsive service.

Founders & Leaders

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Seabron Adamson

Vice President

Seabron Adamson was co-head of CRA's Energy Practice from 2006 to 2008. In this role he led a team of more than 15 experts in the Enterprise and Asset Investment group, focusing on the quantitative analysis of US and international energy markets. Mr. Adamson focuses on the application of economic analysis to competitive energy markets for both electricity and natural gas. He has worked extensively on market design, asset valuation, litigation support, transmission pricing, and contract analysis. He has provided extensive expert testimony before the FERC, US state and Canadian provincial regulators, and arbitral tribunals. His international work on energy sector restructuring, pricing, and valuation issues includes projects in the European Union, India, China, and Latin America.

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Matthew Bennett

Vice President, London

Dr. Matthew Bennett is a Vice President at Charles River Associates. During his time at CRA, Matthew has worked on many prominent CMA mergers, notably including Sainsbury’s/Asda, Ladbrokes/Coral, Tullett Prebon/ICAP, BT/EE, and Wembley/O2, as well as a number of mergers at the EU level such as Fibria/Suzano, O2/3, and BP/Statoil. In addition to mergers, Matthew has worked on a number of recent vertical agreement cases and is currently working on a number of pharmaceutical cases in the area of excessive pricing and production agreements. Prior to joining CRA, Matthew served as the Director of Economics at the Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for the economic policy, financial analysis, and statistics and econometrics teams within the OFT. Before the OFT, Matthew worked at LECG and for the UK Communications Regulator, OFCOM.

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Simon Chisholm

Vice President, London

Simon provides economic analysis and advice to firms on competition investigations, market investigations, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has led teams of economists on the analysis on mergers and alleged abusive conduct and dominance, information exchange, and vertical agreements (in particular online distribution and retail price maintenance) before the EU and UK competition authorities.

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Johann Franke

Director, London

Johann is a director in Marakon’s London office with engagement experience in Europe, Asia, and the US. During his 8 years with Marakon, Johann has worked on a wide array of topics including corporate and business unit strategy, inorganic and organic growth, risk management, and business turnaround. He has also worked with several businesses on B2B and B2B2C proposition development. Most recently, Johann has supported a Health Insurance and Healthcare business in its transformation towards a more long-term and value orientated enterprise. Prior to joining Marakon, Johann has worked as a Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Neal Kissel

Managing Director, London

Neal has more than 18 years of experience working with senior executives in the Americas, Asia, and Europe in advisory capacity. He has played an interim role on client operating boards and executive committees of many clients. He has advised clients on enterprise strategy, organisational design and effectiveness, portfolio coherence, resource allocation, mergers and acquisitions, and new markets entry. He has been a guest lecturer at the London Business School, authored several articles, and been a contributor to the Financial Times andTelegraph on topics of Management.

The CRA Experience
If you would like to work for a consulting firm that sets the standard for excellence, we invite you to learn more about careers at CRA.


  • Diligence,
  • Attention to detail
  • Thoroughness
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Collegiality
  • Academic rigor


  • Top Patent Professionals, IAM Patent 1000, 2019; IAM Patent 1000, 2018 & IAM Strategy 300, 2018
  • ISO 27001:2013 certification for Forensic Services Practice, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), 2018
  • Best Theoretical Paper Award, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2018
  • Best Consulting Firms for Economic Consulting (#10) & Energy (#12), Vault, 2018
  • Best Consulting Firms for Economic Consulting & Energy Consulting, Vault, 2017
  • Top Patent Professionals, IAM Patent 1000 & IAM Patent 300, 2017
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