Portrait of Michael Weekes

Michael Weekes : Senior Consultant

Michael is an experienced economist with specialist expertise in telecoms (mobile and fixed), media, and digital services. As a core member of Oxera’s TMT team, he applies economic concepts to the issues faced by private companies and public sector authorities to provide advice and support on matters such as the design of regulatory policy to promote investment, cost–benefit analysis, market reviews, state aid assessments, and litigation support for competition disputes and regulatory appeals.

Prior to joining Oxera, Michael worked for another economics consultancy as a Managing Consultant, where he provided support to clients on projects across the fields of competition, regulation, public policy and auction theory, particularly in the telecoms sector.

Michael speaks English.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6683

Michael's specialisms include:

Selected
professional experience

  • Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on its review of all electronic communications markets in the island, including developing and implementing regulatory remedies (2019–)

  • Advising a Czech mobile network provider throughout the European Commission antitrust investigation (Article 101) into mobile network sharing (2019–)

  • Delivered microeconomics and industrial organisation training to the Irish telecoms regulator, ComReg (2020)

  • Advised a telecoms regulator on a consumer protection investigation, including on the level of financial penalty to apply (2019–20)

  • Provided a report for the Broadband Stakeholder Group on the impact at a local level of investments in very high capacity networks such as full-fibre and 5G (2019)

  • Assisted the telecoms regulator in a Middle Eastern country with market reviews in the telecoms sector, providing support on market definition, identifying SMP operators. and recommending regulatory remedies (2018)

Selected
publications

  • Flórez Duncan, F. and Weekes, M. (2020), ‘Incentivising Investment’, InterMedia, 48:1, pp. 32–36, International Institute of Communications, April.

  • Flórez Duncan, F., Culham, P., Weekes, M. (2019), ‘EU broadband: co-investing in a faster future’, Agenda in focus, September.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Economics, University of Nottingham, UK

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