Portrait of Lola Damstra

Lola Damstra : Consultant

Lola is a member of Oxera’s Competition and TMT teams, specialising in competition and regulation. Her experience includes merger interventions, regulatory policy, pricing transparency, market reviews and auction design. She has worked with national European and international regulatory bodies, and major international fixed and mobile operators. Prior to joining Oxera, she was an Intern at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission.

Lola speaks Dutch, English, and French.

Tel: +31 (0)20 899 1107

Lola's specialisms include:

professional experience

  • Assessment of the anticompetitive effects of a proposed merger between two fixed telecoms operators in Hong Kong (2018–)

  • Assisted in the evaluation of an economic submission as part of a Third Party Expert Determination in order to settle a wholesale tariff dispute between an MNO and an MVNO in the Netherlands (2018–)

  • Advice to Co-operative Group Limited on the pricing transparency of funeral services in light of a market investigation undertaken by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (2018)

  • Supported the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda in its review of electronic communications, developing and implementing regulatory remedies, through the use of consumer surveys and statistical modelling (2018)

  • Assessment of the economic value of coverage obligations in a 5G auction for ComReg, the Irish electronic communications and postal regulator (2018)

  • Assessment of the strategic value of spectrum as part of the development of a bid strategy for a telecoms operator in a 5G auction in Canada (2018)


  • MSc Economics, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • BSc Economics and Management, University of Paris II, France

Latest Insights:  Lola Damstra

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched an initiative to explore whether applying a gender ‘lens’ can help deliver more effective competition policy. As surveys are often…
On 20 May, the UK government published the Williams–Shapps Plan for Rail, which proposes the creation of a new rail body, ‘Great British Railways’. Katie-Lee English, Oxera Senior Consultant and…
The growth of self-employment and the so-called ‘gig economy’ enabled by the rise of digital platforms (and digitalisation more broadly) offers new opportunities for those who prefer flexible working arrangements,…
Agreements between firms not to hire each other’s workers have recently come onto the radar of competition authorities, particularly in the USA. However, there is a question about whether labour…

Preparing for Consumer Duty

Due to high demand, Oxera and UK Finance are running this workshop again. The feedback from previous participants included: ‘[This is the] first truly practical application of what the Consumer Duty means’, and ‘Will help enormously with our implementation!’. In collaboration with UK Finance we’re running an interactive… Read More

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