Kostis Hatzitaskos

Senior Vice President


  • Chicago


Kostis Hatzitaskos coheads Cornerstone Research’s antitrust and competition practice and serves on the firm’s executive committee. Dr. Hatzitaskos focuses on merger investigations, as well as antitrust litigation matters involving allegations of collusion, vertical restraints, and other allegedly anticompetitive behavior. For five consecutive years, Who’s Who Legal recognized Dr. Hatzitaskos as a Future Leader in the competition field; he has since been named as a Global Leader among competition economists.

Dr. Hatzitaskos was the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) expert in its successful challenge to the proposed IQVIA/Propel Media merger. He has also had leading roles on multiple cases that Global Competition Review has recognized with its Matter of the Year awards. These include Amazon/MGMEpic v. AppleT-Mobile/Sprint, and Disney/Fox.

Dr. Hatzitaskos’ industry experience includes distribution, enterprise and consumer information technology, entertainment, financial services, food and agriculture, healthcare, health insurance, high-tech consumer products, pharmaceuticals, retail industries, renewable energy, semiconductors, shipping, telecommunications, and video games.

Antitrust merger reviews

Dr. Hatzitaskos supports clients and experts in all phases of merger review. On behalf of government agencies, merging parties, and third parties, he has consulted on numerous high-profile matters, including many that reached the litigation phase.

Representative cases include leading roles for merging parties in Meta/KustomerAmazon/MGMT-Mobile/SprintDisney/FoxCigna/ExpressScripts, and Sysco/US Foods. On behalf of the government, Dr. Hatzitaskos has testified for the FTC in IQVIA/Propel Media and held leading roles in Aetna/HumanaWilhelmsen/DrewMethodist/St. FrancisUS Foods/SGA, and Ball/Rexam, among others.

Antitrust and competition

Dr. Hatzitaskos has analyzed class certification, liability, and damages issues in high-profile competition matters. His expertise includes cases alleging cartel behavior, collusion, exclusionary conduct, anticompetitive bundling, price fixing, price manipulation, monopolization, and monopsonization.

Intellectual property

Dr. Hatzitaskos has worked on a range of intellectual property matters. He led a team supporting Dr. Matthew Lynde in the landmark Microsoft v. Motorola trial, which addressed the determination of reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) royalty rates. He has analyzed alleged patent infringement cases involving smartphones and conducted damages analysis in alleged copyright infringement matters.

Thought leadership

Dr. Hatzitaskos has coauthored many publications on merger enforcement, economic methods, and the role of experts in antitrust and competition matters, including chapters in reference books and handbooks published by the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association (ABA). He currently serves on the editorial board of the ABA’s Antitrust Source.

A regular speaker and moderator at specialist and academic conferences, Dr. Hatzitaskos has participated in panels at Stanford, Fordham, Northwestern, and George Washington Universities.


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  • “When the Crystal Ball Cracks: Why Are Divestitures Failing?,” GCR Live 5th Annual New York, 28 September 2017
  • “International Mergers: Working across Multiple Jurisdictions,” Global Antitrust Economics Conference, Concurrences Review and Northwestern University, 7 October 2016
  • “Choosing and Hiring an Economic Expert,” Fordham Competition Law Institute 2016, 21 September 2016
  • 2nd Competition and IP Policy in High-Technology Industries Conference, Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), 19 April 2016
  • “Applying Advanced Empirical Methods,” 42nd Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, Fordham University School of Law, 30 September 2015