Christopher V. Lau

Senior Economist


  • San Francisco


    • Northwestern University, Ph.D.
    • Northwestern University, M.A.
    • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

Christopher Lau consults on antitrust and competition matters, with a focus on mergers, merger investigations, and related litigation.

Prior to joining Cornerstone Research, Dr. Lau worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In that role, he served as lead economist on many merger investigations in a variety of industries, including hospitals, medical devices, retail, and distribution. He has supported experts and has also served as an expert witness on behalf of the FTC.

While at the FTC, Dr. Lau was involved in the US Foods/SGA investigation and was a member of the FTC’s litigation team in the challenges of Staples/Office Depot (2015) and Otto Bock/Freedom Innovations. In the challenge of the proposed acquisition of two Memphis Area hospitals by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, he supported the FTC’s testifying expert in a novel analysis of competitive effects. In a separate proposed hospital merger, Dr. Lau served as the FTC’s economic expert, providing qualitative and quantitative analyses that helped the FTC to issue a complaint, which resulted in the parties abandoning the merger.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association


22nd Annual International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC)


United States of America et al. v. JetBlue Airways Corporation and Spirit Airlines Inc.


72nd Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, American Bar Association

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Cornerstone Research Named Among 2024 Outstanding Global Economic Consultancies


Cross-Market Implications in FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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Cornerstone Research Staff and Affiliated Experts Submit Comments on the Joint FTC-DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines

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Chris Lau and Joe Podwol Join Cornerstone Research