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Oxera’s senior team continues to grow in Brussels and the UK

Oxera announces the promotion of Stéphane Dewulf to Partner and Katie-Lee English to Principal.

Today we celebrate the success of two talented economists who have been promoted and join Oxera’s senior team in Brussels and the UK.

An expert in competition economics, Stéphane Dewulf has over 15 years’ experience in the economic assessment of merger and antitrust cases. He has worked on numerous phase II merger investigations, both as a consultant and as part of DG Competition. Since joining Oxera in September 2020, after six years at the European Commission, he has advised clients such as Microsoft, AkzoNobel, The Carlyle Group, Carrefour, and RTL Group. Stéphane draws on his experience and unparalleled insight into the Commission’s investigation practice to maximise the impact of economic analysis on the outcome of antitrust and merger investigations. Looking ahead to his role as a Partner in our Competition practice, Stéphane says he will ‘continue to focus on providing value to my clients by using economics to make a difference in antitrust and merger investigations.’

Stéphane’s promotion comes as we announce the appointment of Dr Hélène Bourguignon to head up our team in France. The partnership demonstrates Oxera’s ambition to further strengthen our European competition practice. Partner Dr Luis Correia da Silva remarks that ‘the rise of complex competition issues—including those in state aid, mergers, and acquisitions—demands more economic expertise and insight than we’ve ever known.’

Katie-Lee English now leads Oxera’s Rail practice as Head of Rail. Since joining Oxera from HM Treasury in 2015, Katie-Lee has worked on public policy and commercial strategy issues across the rail sector, including leading projects with Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Rail Delivery Group, Arriva, and High Speed 1. Her recent work includes assessing the wider economic benefits of rail decarbonisation and undertaking economic and competition analysis in relation to rail retail. Katie-Lee has over ten years’ experience in the rail sector in a career spanning 15 years. She brings a diverse skillset to the sector, being a Chartered Accountant, holding a Master’s degree in Public Policy, and having worked as a sector regulator. Commenting on her promotion, Katie-Lee says that ‘now is the most exciting time to be in rail in 20 years, and I am looking forward to having a front-row seat. I want to support the sector across Europe to become the customer-focused, efficient and green transport mode of choice.’

Oxera Managing Partner Dr Helen Jenkins says ‘I am thrilled to have such talented economists joining Oxera’s leadership team. Their expertise is unrivalled in their respective areas. These promotions will enable businesses, policymakers and investors to benefit from Oxera’s wide range of expertise across Europe, at a time when sound science and economics are once more gaining ground in decision-making everywhere.’