Elisa Mariscal

Adjunct Professor of Economics and Law,
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico;
Former Head, Directorate-General for Unilateral Conduct Investigations,
Comisión Federal de Competencia (now COFECE), Mexico;
Managing Director, GAMES Economics

Elisa Mariscal has more than twenty years of international experience consulting on competition policy, antitrust, and merger review matters. Dr. Mariscal analyzes competition conditions and regulatory policy in digital economy and platforms businesses, as well as industries that include financial markets, renewable/clean energy, retail, and telecommunications. She has addressed issues related to anticompetitive behavior, such as vertical restraints, refusal to deal, predatory pricing, and discrimination, and has consulted on market investigations for the Mexican authority.

As an expert witness, Dr. Mariscal has provided testimony on economic competition, telecommunications, broadcasting, and damages estimations in domestic cases and international arbitration. Her work has spanned jurisdictions in North America, Central and South America, and Europe. She has prepared expert reports on behalf of private parties. Dr. Mariscal has consulted to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and has also provided support for competition agencies’ casework and capacity building. Who’s Who Legal has recognized her as a leading competition economist.

Dr. Mariscal serves on the Expert Advisory Group on Digital Economy at COFECE, Mexico’s competition regulatory agency. She is also the former head of COFECE’s Directorate-General for Unilateral Conduct Investigations. In that role, she addressed complex issues related to exclusive dealing and fidelity rebates programs. In addition, she oversaw the development of various guidelines for COFECE, including relevant market delineation, market power determination, quantitative tools for competition matters, vertical restraints, and damages estimation.

Dr. Mariscal has published articles in academic, policy, and law journals. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Telecommunications Policy, Antitrust Chronicle, and CPI Journal, among other publications. On behalf of COFECE, she has collaborated on various publications for the Competition Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and on guidelines for the International Competition Network (ICN).

Prior to joining GAMES Economics, Dr. Mariscal served, variously, as managing director, editor-in-chief, and president of Competition Policy International (CPI). Previously, she worked as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research, specializing in antitrust, regulatory, and intellectual property issues in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Dr. Mariscal is an adjunct professor of economics and law at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in competition policy and regulation.

Education

    • University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
    • University of California, Los Angeles, M.Sc.
    • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), B.Sc. (honors)

Practices